Colin P. Williams, from D-Wave Systems Inc,
Date & time: Wednesday, May 16th, 12:00h
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Room P8, Mathematics Building
Quantum computing promises to revolutionize computer technology as profoundly as the airplane revolutionized transportation. After dec ades of incubation, early generation quantum computers are finally appearing that allow people to begin experimentation in earnest. In this talk, I will describe D-Wave's approach to quantum computing, explain its pros and cons with respect to competing schemes, and give the rationale behind our design choices. Furthermore, I will give examples of how the native optimization and sampling capabilities of our quantum processor can be exploited to tackle problems in a variety of fields including healthcare, physics, finance, simulation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. More Information..
Fred Jendrzejewski, from the Heidelberg University, Germany
Date & time: Monday, May 7th, 14:00h-15:00h
Location: Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Room 2.8.3, Physics Building
Mixtures of ultracold atomic gases are an extremely versatile platform for the investigation of a wide variety of fundamental questions in physics. In this talk, we will first discuss their realization as done in our lab. We will then present their possible application to two rather distinct problems, the quantum simulation of dynamical gauge fields and the implementation of quantum heat engines