Pranav Gokhale

I am the Co-founder and CEO of I recently defended my PhD in quantum computation at UChicago, where I was advised by Fred Chong. My research focused on breaking the abstraction barrier between quantum hardware and software, with the aim of realizing practical applications sooner than otherwise possible. I was funded by the NDSEG and Eckhardt Fellowships. Prior to graduate school, I attended Princeton University, where I studied computer science and physics. For my interests and background outside of quantum computing, see my profiles on Quora and LinkedIn.



  • [Upcoming] Speaker at Quantum Computing Applications in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. Apr 2022.
  • Quantum Circuit Hacks.
    • Apr 2021. Uncommon Hacks (UChicago Hackathon) Talk.
    • Feb 2021. UChicago Quantum Club Seminar.
  • Lehigh@Nasdaq Disruptive Engineers panelist. Apr 2021.
  • Fed Supernova quantum startup showcase presenter (Capital Factory). Mar 2021.
  • Quantum Entrepreneurship Career Launcher speaker (UChicago). Feb 2021.
  • Startup Panel moderator at Chicago Quantum Summit. Nov 2020.
  • Quantum in Finance panelist at BCG + P33 event. Oct 2020.
  • Innovation's Next Frontier: Quantum Computing panelist at ThinkChicago: Ideas. Oct 2020.
  • Optimized Quantum Compilation for Near-Term Algorithms with OpenPulse.
    • Oct 2020. Presentation at MICRO 53.
    • May 2020. Presentation for UChicago QIP Seminar.
    • Apr 2020. Presentation for DOE TEAM seminar.
  • Enabling and Accelerating the Realization of Scalable Quantum Computing.
    • July 2020. AFOSR Quantum Information Science and Atomic/Molecular Physics Program Review in Arlington, VA (virtual).
  • Practical Aspects of Building a Software Stack for Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Devices.
    • [Postponed due to COVID-19] Tutorial at ASPLOS 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Polsky Entrepreneurial Outlook: Quantum 2020.
    • Feb 2020. Panelist for event at Polsky Center in Chicago, IL. Event Link.
  • Term Grouping for VQE.
    • Nov 2019. Presentation at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India.
    • Oct 2019. Presentation at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL.
    • Oct 2019. Poster at MICRO 52 in Columbus, OH. Poster PDF.
    • Aug 2019. Presentation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.
    • Jun 2019. Presentation at Quantum Resource Estimation (QRE) Workshop in Phoenix, AZ. Slides.
  • Partial Compilation of Variational Algorithms for Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Machines.
    • Oct 2019. Presentation at MICRO 52 in Columbus, OH. Slides.
  • Commercial Outlook for Quantum Computing.
    • Aug 2019. Presentation to UChicago Booth MBA students during electives week.
  • Asymptotic Improvements to Quantum Circuits via Qutrits.
    • Aug 2019. Poster at NDSEG Conference in San Diego, CA.
    • Jun 2019. Presentation at ISCA in Phoenix, AZ.
    • Apr 2019. Master's Presentation at UChicago.
    • Jan 2019. Poster at QIP in Boulder, CO. Best Poster Award. Poster PDF.
    • Dec 2018. Poster at STAQ Kickoff in Durham, NC.
    • Oct 2018. Poster at MICRO 51 in Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Variational Quantum Eigensolver (EPiQC Tutorial).
    • Jun 2019. STAQ Quantum Ideas Summer School in Durham, NC.
    • Jun 2019. DAC in Las Vegas, NV.
    • Mar 2019. DATE in Florence, Italy.
    • Oct 2018. MICRO in Fukuoka, Japan.
    • Jun 2018. ISCA in Los Angeles, CA. Youtube.
  • Quantum Computers: At the Cusp of Reality. Dec 2018. STIx Conference at U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Slides.
  • Quantum Computing Crash Course + Variational Quantum Eigensolver. Jul 2018. ATPESC in St. Charles, IL. Slides. Youtube.