Joseph Emerson

Bio Outline


  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science


  • University of Waterloo
Department of Applied Mathematics


  • Canada


PhD (Physics), Simon Fraser University
MSc (Experimental Nuclear Physics), Simon Fraser University
BSc (Physics), McGill University


Joseph Emerson is a physicist interested in quantum information science and the foundations of quantum theory.

He is currently developing methods to assess and improve the performance of quantum information devices in the presence of noise, a key step toward making large-scale quantum information processors viable.


Early Researcher Award from Ontario Government, 2008–13

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003–05

SFU Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999

SFU Graduate Fellowship, 1996–2000

Relevant Publications

Howard, M. et al. "Contextuality supplies the magic for quantum computation." Nature 510 (2014): 351–55.

Veitch, V. et al. "The Resource Theory of Stabilizer Computation." New J. Phys. 16 (2014): 013009.

Magesan, E. et al. "Robust Randomized Benchmarking of Quantum Processes." Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011): 180504.

Emerson, J. et al. "Symmetrized Characterization of Noisy Quantum Processes." Science 317 (2007): 1893–1896.

Emerson, J. et al. "Pseudo-Random Unitary Operators for Quantum Information Processing." Science 302 (2003): 2098–2100.