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Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020 — 3:30 PM EDT

Zoom (for information email emma.watson@uwaterloo.ca

Title: Permanent Hardness from Linear Optics

Speaker: Daniel Grier Affiliation: University of Waterloo Location: Online (Zoom)

Abstract:

One of the great accomplishments in complexity theory was Valiant's 1979 proof that the permanent of a matrix is #P-hard to compute.  Subsequent work simplified Valiant's ideas and even began to recast them as problems in quantum computing.  In 2011, this culminated in a striking proof by Aaronson, based solely on quantum linear optics, of the #P-hardness of the permanent.

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