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Dr. West's background is in computational quantum theory. He is interested in the interface between quantum systems and classical computing, including classical simulation of many-body quantum systems, classical computing in quantum cryptography, and quantum approaches to problems in classical computing and complexity theory.
Dr. West also maintains an association with the Physics Education Research group. His interests in pedagogical research include novel teaching methods in introductory physics for life science (IPLS) courses, theories of metaphors and symbols used in understanding physics, and teaching tools for advanced topics in quantum theory.