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Jacob Taylor (Fed)

Jake Taylor is a NIST Fellow, a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), and co-founder and Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). He served from 2017-2020 as the first Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and founded and led the National Quantum Coordination Office ( from 2019-2020.

Fascinated with astrophysics as an undergraduate, Taylor began his research career examining rarified gases and stellar clusters. A one-year position as a Luce Scholar introduced him to special-purpose computing, and in graduate school he returned to Harvard to focus on quantum computing. After receiving his PhD in physics, he moved to MIT as a Pappalardo Fellow, before starting his research group at NIST, and joining the JQI, in 2009. Five years later, he co-founded QuICS --- a joint governmental-academic effort --- to connect computer scientists and physicists working on quantum coherent devices. From 2017-2020, he was detailed to OSTP to help guide the Nation’s effort to advance American leadership in quantum information science. His efforts there helped enable the passage and implementation of the National Quantum Initiative, including standing up and directing the National Quantum Coordination Office, in additional to advancing the future of high performance computing by developing the National Strategic Computing Initiative’s 2020 strategic plan and through the co-creation of the COVID-19 HPC Computing Consortium. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, Taylor is also the recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals, the IUPAP C15 Young Scientist Award, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal: Call to Service, the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, and the Newcomb Cleveland prize of the AAAS.


Ray-based framework for state identification in quantum dot devices

Justyna Zwolak, Thomas McJunkin, Sandesh Kalantre, Samuel Neyens, Evan MacQuarrie, Mark A. Eriksson, Jacob Taylor
Quantum dots (QDs) defined with electrostatic gates are one of the leading candidates for scaling up the number of qubits in quantum computing implementations

Auto-tuning of double dot devices it in situ with machine learning

Justyna P. Zwolak, Thomas McJunkin, Sandesh Kalantre, J. P. Dodson, E. R. MacQuarrie, D. E. Savage, M. G. Lagally, S N. Coppersmith, Mark A. Eriksson, Jacob M. Taylor
The current practice of manually tuning quantum dots (QDs) for qubit operation is a relatively time- consuming procedure that is inherently impractical for


Optomechnical Gravimeter

NIST Inventors
Jacob Taylor, Jon R. Pratt and
Patent Description Currently many space projects require, at their core, sensors capable of measuring spurious forces acting on the spacecraft with extremely high sensitivity at ng/√Hz levels and below, particularly for high accuracy navigation and drag-free flight. NIST has developed a novel and
Photonic thermometer packages

Optical Temperature Sensor

NIST Inventors
Zeeshan Ahmed, Stephen Semancik, Jacob Taylor, Gregory F. Strouse and
The photonic temperature sensor relies on ultra-sensitive, frequency-based measurements of the effect of heat on the dimensions and predominant thermo-optic properties of the photonic resonator.
This image of a chart titled "How does it work" that describes the optomechanical reference.

Optomechanical Reference

NIST Inventors
Gordon A. Shaw and Jacob Taylor
A mechanical sensor incorporating an optical cavity is used to provide a mass and/or force reference from a known or characterized circulating optical power in the optical cavity. The radiation pressure force in the optical cavity is used to actuate the mechanical sensor. The optical cavity in put
Created July 17, 2018, Updated June 15, 2021