Samuel Jaques
University of Waterloo | Department of Combinatorics and Optimization
Sam Jaques Sam Jaques


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo (since 2023). My interests are cryptography (especially privacy and anonymity) and quantum computing.

Most of my existing research is on estimating quantum attack costs, often with a skepticism of the powers of quantum computers, such as:

with some recent work on "accumulators", with intended applications for digital credentials.

I completed a PhD at the University of Oxford, supervised by Simon C. Benjamin and Christophe Petit. I have an MMath from the University of Waterloo, which Alfred Menezes and Michele Mosca co-supervised. I have a B.Sc. in math from the University of Regina.

You can view my github, look at my papers on Google scholar, or try out the library of quantum arithmetic I wrote during an internship at Microsoft. Mastodon profile.