Professor of Applied Physics Stanford University, head of the Mabuchi Lab
Hideo Mabuchi received his AB in Physics from Princeton University and his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Early in his career his research was largely focused towards understanding open quantum systems, quantum measurement, and the quantum-to-classical transition. In recent years his research group has turned more towards fundamental issues of quantum engineering, such as quantum nonlinear dynamics, quantum feedback control, dimensional reduction for modeling networks of open quantum systems, and quantum information science. At the same time his personal work interests have turned towards teaching and research at the interface of modern science and traditional craft. Current academic projects include microscopic studies of the mechanisms of color formation in wood fired ceramics; artefact- and reproduction-based investigations of materiality in ancient ceramics of east Asia and the Mediterranean; the contemporary practice of traditional crafts as a means to better understand material agency; and commonalities of creative practice between scholarly/scientific research and studio art. His studio practice focuses mainly on thrown-and-altered stoneware vessels for atmospheric firings (ceramics), and weaving. In ceramics he has recently been exploring patchwork, marginal forms, and the touch of dry fingers on spinning clay. Mabuchi is currently employed as Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University.