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Semi-Quantum Computing workshop

The Semi-Quantum Computing workshop will run August 16-17, 2016 at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo.

About the workshop

Given the current situation with regards to experimental implementations of quantum computers (with only a few experiments going beyond 10 physical qubits), and the expectation that an error correctable universal quantum computer will require thousands of physical qubits to have a significant advantage over classical computers, it seems likely that semi quantum computers will play a significant role in the near future. Each semi-quantum model naturally raises questions such as how (experimentally) feasible and scalable it is, and whether it allows factorizing large numbers in polynomial time. These models also allow us to investigate some of the conceptual questions in the field such as "Why are quantum computers faster than classical computers?", "What is the role of entanglement in mixed state quantum computing?" and "How can we know that a given machine is a quantum computer?".

The workshop will bring together some of the pioneers of this field and cover a number of semi (or sub-universal) quantum computing models including DQC1, Linear Optics and sub-universal quantum simulators/annealers.

Organizing Committee

  • Aharon Brodutch, University of Toronto
  • Raymond Laflamme, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Tal Mor, Technion

Invited Speakers

  • Alex Arkhipov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael Bremner, University of Technology Sydney
  • Daniel Brod, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Hugo Cable, University of Bristol
  • Jacques Carolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Animesh Datta, University of Warwick
  • Bill Fefferman, University of Maryland/NIST
  • Daniel Lidar, University of Southern California
  • Kavan Modi, Monash University
  • Tal Mor, Technion (co-organizer)
  • John Smolin, IBM
  • (Keynote Speaker) Umesh Vazirani, University of California, Berkeley

Schedule

Tuesday, August 16

8:30 Registration and coffee
9:00 Opening remarks
9:10 Tal Mor, Technion
Quantum computers - is the future here
9:55 Kavan Modi, Monash University
Power of one qubit in quantum metrology
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 Animesh Datta, University of Warwick
Verification of intermediate models of quantum computing
11:45 Hugo Cable, University of Bristol
Concordant Computation
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Keynote: Umesh Vazirani, University of California, Berkeley
Testing Quantum Devices
3:00 Daniel Lidar, University of Southern California
3:45 Coffee break
4:15 Round table
7:00 Dinner at the University Club

Wednesday, August 17

8:30 Coffee
9:00 Bill Fefferman, University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Power of Quantum Fourier Sampling (Skype)
9:45 Alex Arkhipov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Daniel Brod, Perimeter Institute
Boson Sampling: The gap between theory and experiments
11:45 Jacques Carolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Silicon-based quantum photonic processing
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin (Skype)
2:45 John Smolin, IBM
3:30 Coffee
4:00 Michael Bremner, University of Technology Sydney
Average-case complexity versus approximate simulation of commuting quantum computations
4:45 Round table
5:30 Final remarks

Registration

Registration for the workshop is now closed.

Accommodations

On campus

Affordable accommodations can be booked at the University of Waterloo Conference Centre in Ron Eydt Village (REV). REV is only a 5-minute walk to IQC. For additional information about accommodations and to book, please visit the Conference Centre accommodations page.

Map of REV to QNC

Delta Waterloo hotel

The Delta hotel is the newest hotel in Waterloo and only a 20-minute walk to IQC. Their amenities include onsite restaurant, in-room dining, gym, pool and complementary internet.

Delta has a negotiated rate set for the conference for $145/night. Reservations can be made by calling 519-514-0404.

Delta hotel to the Mike and Ophelia Quantum-Nano Centre

The organizers would like to thank the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation for their support in starting the IQC-Technion collaboration that lead to this workshop.

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