Dr. Jibran Rashid

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
School of Science & Engineering
Email: jibran.rashid@sse.habib.edu.pk

A native of Karachi, Dr. Rashid holds postgraduate and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon, USA, and the University of Calgary, Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship for the duration of his Ph.D. program, and his doctoral thesis was nominated for the Canadian Governor General’s gold medal. He currently has an SNSF research grant at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, where he works on employing quantum behavior to improve our ability to process information.

From his travels through different melting pots of Islamic culture – Makkah, Medina, Jerusalem, Granada and Cordoba – Dr. Rashid has come to firmly believe that Islam has a long legacy of producing world-class thinkers and that it is about time that we live up to this legacy.

The recipient of a teaching award from the University of Calgary’s Department of Computer Science, Dr. Rashid’s passion for research is matched with his drive to foster a learning environment for students.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada
  • B.Sc. in Computer Science, minors in Math & Physics with College Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Research Interests

Quantum Information and Computation; Theoretical Computer Science; Educational Technologies.

“What I am really interested in is whether God could have made the world in a different way; that is, whether the necessity of logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.”

Letter to Ernst Straus – Albert Einstein

He describes his research work as, “My research deals with the nature of correlations encountered in the physical world and their application in improving our ability to process information. In the last few decades, we have realized that quantum correlations can be thought of as an information theoretic resource, rather than as apparent paradoxes. My research attempts to unify our understanding of the limits on quantum behavior using tools from computer science. This, in turn, yields future possible applications for quantum information. We have come far in our understanding of what Einstein famously referred to as ‘spooky action at a distance’; however, a lot more still needs to be done before we can harness these quantum phenomena for practical quantum computing.”

Selected Publications

  • Jibran Rashid and Abuzer Yakaryılmaz, Can We Build Quantum Finite Automata?, Quantum Information Processing, Barcelona, 7 February 2014.
  • Peter Høyer and Jibran Rashid, Quantum Nonlocal Boxes Exhibit Stronger Distillability, Modern Physics Letters A, 28(17):1330012, 2013.
  • Peter Høyer and Jibran Rashid, Optimal Protocols for Nonlocality Distillation, Physical Review A 82(042118), 9 September 2010.


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