Adam Bouland

About Me

I am a PhD student in Theory of Computation Group at MIT working with Scott Aaronson. My interests include quantum computation, complexity, and algorithms.

Prior to coming to MIT, I completed Part III at Cambridge as well as a Master's under the supervision of Anuj Dawar.


  • The Computational Complexity of Ball Permutations. With Scott Aaronson, Greg Kuperberg, and Saeed Mehraban . [arXiv]

  • On SZK and PP. With Lijie Chen, Dhiraj Holden, Justin Thaler and Prashant Nalini Vasudevan. [ECCC, arXiv]

  • Rescuing Complementarity With Little Drama. With Ning Bao, Aidan Chatwin-Davies, Jason Pollack and Henry Yuen. Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) 2016:26 (2016). [arXiv, JHEP]

  • On the complexity of probabilistic trials for hidden satisfiability problems. With Itai Arad, Daniel Grier, Miklos Santha, Aarthi Sundaram and Shengyu Zhang. In Proc. MFCS '16. [arXiv, MFCS, PDF]

  • Complexity classification of two-qubit commuting hamiltonians. With Laura Mančinska and Xue Zhang. In Proc. CCC '16. Presented as a contributed talk at QIP 2016. [arXiv, CCC, ECCC, PDF, Video of QIP Talk]

  • Grover search and the no-signaling principle. With Ning Bao and Stephen Jordan. Physical Review Letters 117, 120501 (2016) [PRL, arXiv]

  • The space "just above" BQP. With Scott Aaronson, Joseph Fitzsimons and Mitchell Lee. In Proc. ITCS '16. [arXiv, ITCS, ECCC, PDF]

  • Generation of Universal Linear Optics by Any Beamsplitter. With Scott Aaronson. Physical Review A 89, 062316 (2014). Editor's suggestion. Presented as a contributed talk at QIP 2015. [PRA, arXiv, ECCC, PDF, Video of QIP Talk]

  • Psi-Epistemic Theories: The Role of Symmetry. With Scott Aaronson, Lynn Chua and George Lowther. Physical Review A 88, 032111 (2013). Editor's suggestion. [PRA, arXiv]

  • On Tractable Parameterizations of Graph Isomorphism. With Anuj Dawar and Eryk Kopczyński. In D.M. Thilikos and G.J. Woeginger (Eds.): IPEC 2012, LNCS 7535, pp. 218-230, Springer 2012. [PDF*, LNCS].

  • Caching and Interpolated Likelihoods: Accelerating Cosmological Monte Carlo Markov Chains. With Richard Easther and Katherine Rosenfeld. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2011. [arXiv, JCAP]

Other writings

  • Establishing Quantum Advantage. XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students . Volume 23 Issue 1, Fall 2016, Pages 40-44 (2016) [XRDS]

CV (11-2016): PDF


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