Jacky Jiang

I am a Master's student at the University of British Columbia in the QSAR group, where I work with talented people to pioneer particle physics simulations on quantum computers.

Previously, I was the founding researcher of Verdi Expeditions, where I applied computation to enhance agricultural productivity.

“Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring."
- Carl Sagan

"If it disagrees with experiment, it's wrong. That's all there is to it."
- Richard P. Feynman

Email: jacky.j@alumni.ubc.ca

Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of British Columbia
Office: KAIS 4065
Master's Student

Last modified: March 21, 2024.

2024 - Now
MASc at the University of British Columbia (QSAR group), where I am working with Olivia Di Matteo to enable particle physics simulations on quantum computers. I learned quantum computing from Joseph Salfi, Daochen Wang and Gordon Walter Semenoff. I took machine learning from Jeff Clune and Mark Schmidt, and deep learning from Renjie Liao. I remain an advisor and advocate for Verdi Expeditions .
2020 - 2023
The founding researcher of Verdi Expeditions, where I led the development of the world's first variable-rate drip irrigation (VRDI) system. My engineering activities spanned from low-power electronics, firmware for maximizing utility, network for supporting large deployments, and medium-scale manufacturing, to data analysis and system modeling. The goal is to enable computation on farms at all levels, be it hardware, edge or cloud. We went through the Alchemist Accelerator, were semi-finalists at TechCrunch Disrupt, and saved over 30 million liters of water in 2023. We've since expanded into a climate-adaptation platform.
If you can help us, please reach out. The world needs this technology.
2016 - 2019
BASc at the University of British Columbia, where I majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Physics. Got interested in computation & physics (as separate subjects). Explored these topics through 3 internships: UBC System-on-a-Chip Lab, Intel NSG (now Solidigm), and Delta-Q. I made a 50x cheaper-than-off-the-shelf microfluidic flowsensor for the UBC BioMEMS Lab using optimization algorithms and the behaviour of heat + microscale fluids. Other notables: built my first turing-complete cpu and ran my first (tridiagonal) physics simulation.

Timeline view inspired by Andrej Karpathy's website.
CC BY-SA 4.0 Jacky Jiang. Last modified: March 21, 2024. Website built with Franklin.jl and the Julia programming language. The layout was inspired by Renjie Liao's website, with permission from the author.