I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Theoretical Physics. I am working in Basel, Switzerland on quantum machine learning. My current interests are mainly in applying reinforcement learning techniques to physics problems, and in studying advantages of quantum-enhanced reinforcement learning agents.


  • Ph.D. 2018

    Ph.D. in Physics

    University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

  • Cand.Sci. studies

    Cand.Sci. studies in Physics and Mathematics

    Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

  • M.Sci. 2013

    M.Sci. in Applied Mathematics and Physics

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia

  • B.Sci. 2011

    B.Sci. in Applied Mathematics and Physics

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia

Featured Publications

Active learning machine learns to create new quantum experiments

Journal paper
Alexey A. Melnikov, Hendrik Poulsen Nautrup, Mario Krenn, Vedran Dunjko, Markus Tiersch, Anton Zeilinger, Hans J. Briegel
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (6), 1221–1226
Publication year: 2018

Coherent controlization using superconducting qubits

Journal paper
Nicolai Friis, Alexey A. Melnikov, Gerhard Kirchmair, Hans J. Briegel
Scientific Reports 5, 18036
Publication year: 2015

Detecting quantum speedup by quantum walk with convolutional neural networks

Unpublished paper
Alexey A. Melnikov, Leonid E. Fedichkin, Alexander Alodjants
Publication year: 2019

Quantum walks of interacting fermions on a cycle graph

Journal paper
Alexey A. Melnikov, Leonid E. Fedichkin
Scientific Reports 6, 34226
Publication year: 2016

Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships

  • 2019
    Cozzarelli Prize of PNAS, the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
  • 2018
    Performance-based Scholarship at the University of Innsbruck
  • 2013
    Award of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation: Best Master’s Thesis
  • 2013
    The Dynasty Foundation Scholarship
  • 2012-2013
    The Enhanced State Academic Scholarship
  • 2011
    Financial support from Universität Würzburg
  • 2010
    The Second International Olympiad in Mathematical Physics: III Prize
  • 2010
    All-Russian Student Olympiad in Mechanics and Mathematical Modeling: III Prize


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