Evan McKinney

Computer Engineering PhD Student

University of Pittsburgh

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About Me

Evan McKinney is a third-year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, co-advised by Dr. Alex K. Jones and Dr. Michael Hatridge. He completed his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University in Computer Engineering and Physics. Evan’s current research focuses on quantum computing architecture and optimizations for near-term applications.

Research Interests

  • Quantum hardware-software co-design
  • Quantum circuit transpilation and optimization
  • SNAIL qubit coupling topologies and basis gate sets

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News

  • March 2024:

    Conference paper @ HPCA’24, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • February 2024:

    Invited talk @ Amazon Braket.

  • January 2024:

    Attended CircuitQED@20 @ Yale, CT.

  • November 2023:

    Awarded FY24 C2QA Postdoc Seed Funding for collaboration with Dr. Eleanor Crane, MIT.

  • October 2023:

    Recognized as a Qiskit-Advocate

  • September 2023:

    Invited talk @ Qiskit Compiler Seminar Series.

  • September 2023:

    Invited talk @ QuCS Lecture Series.

  • June 2023:

    Conference paper @ ISCA’23, Orlando, Florida.

  • June 2023:

    Invited talk @ XCITe, MIT.

  • May 2023:

    Co-advised project awarded QCS-5 Grant from LPS/ARO reserach grant. Read more.

  • March 2023:

    Conference talk @ APS March Meeting, Las Vegas.

  • March 2023:

    Conference paper @ HPCA’23, Montreal, Canada.

  • January 2023:

    Co-advised project awarded Charles E. Kaufman Foundation reserach grant. Read more.

  • September 2022:

    Presented poster @ PQI.

  • April 2022:

    Received NSF Honorable Mention.

  • March 2022:

    Attended APS March Meeting @ Chicago.

  • August 2021:

    Enrolled at University of Pittsburgh.

  • June 2021:

    Attended The Quantum Computing Summer School @ LANL, Los Alamos.

  • May 2021:

    Attended USEQIP @ IQP, University of Waterloo.

  • May 2021:

    Graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State majoring in Computer Engineering and Physics.

Publications


MIRAGE: Quantum Circuit Decomposition and Routing Collaborative Design using Mirror Gates

McKinney, E., Hatridge, M., Jones, A.K

MIRAGE: Quantum Circuit Decomposition and Routing Collaborative Design using Mirror Gates image

2024 IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), 2023-08-07


Parallel Driving for Fast Quantum Computing Under Speed Limits

McKinney, E., Zhou, C., Xia, M., Hatridge, M., Jones, A.K

Parallel Driving for Fast Quantum Computing Under Speed Limits image

Proceedings of the 50th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), 2023-06-17


Co-Designed Architectures for Modular Superconducting Quantum Computers

McKinney, E., Xia, M., Zhou, C., Lu, P., Hatridge, M., Jones, A.K

Co-Designed Architectures for Modular Superconducting Quantum Computers image

2023 IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), 2023-02-25


Teaching

Graduate Teaching Fellow @ University of Pittsburgh

  • Spring 2022: ECE 1188: Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Fall 2021: ECE 1145 Software Construction and Evolution
  • Fall 2021: ECE 0401 Analytical Methods

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant @ Iowa State University

  • Fall 2020: CPRE 381: Computer Organization and Assembly Level Programming
  • Summer 2020: CPRE 310: Discrete Math
  • Spring 2020: CPRE 421: Software Analysis and Verification for Safety and Security
  • Fall 2019: CPRE 281: Digital Logic
  • Spring 2019: PHYS 102L: Physical Sciences for Elementary Education
  • Fall 2018: EE 201: Electric Circuits