Director, Hardware Innovation Lab
Pooya is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. He is an Associate Researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research is focused on the synergy between mathematical programming, machine learning, and quantum computation. Pooya is trained as an algebraic geometer and a theoretical computer scientist. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology. He then received his Masters of Science and PhD in Mathematics after studying at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of British Columbia. In his PhD thesis, under the supervision of K. Behrend, he developed a novel proposal for the theory of generalized Donaldson-Thomas invariants motivated by applications in string theory.