Talk by Dr. Federico Carminati – CERN

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Dr. Federico Carminati
Dr. Federico Carminati

 

The EPFL Quantum Computing Association hosted on December 12th , 2019, the Chief innovation officer of the CERN openlab, Dr. Federico Carminati. Dr. Carminati hooked the students with his talk on potential applications of Machine Learning and Quantum Computing for high-energy physics.

 

 

 

Talk by Prof. Edoardo Charbon – EPFL

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Prof. Edoardo Charbon
Prof. Edoardo Charbon

 

 

On December 2nd, 2019, the EPFL Quantum Computing Association hosted Prof. Edoardo Charbon, an expert of Advanced Quantum Architectures, to give the talk at the EPFL Campus on Cryo-CMOS Technology for Quantum Computer.

 

 

 

 

MIT visit to Peter Shor

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Peter Schor and Samuel Bosch
Peter Schor and Samuel Bosch

 

On October 31st, 2019, the president and the vice-president of the EPFL Quantum Computing Association both visited and had lunch with Prof. Peter Shor, one of the founding fathers of the field of Quantum Computation. The goal of the visit was to discuss possible future collaborations with MIT researchers, as well as hosting them for visits at EPFL.

 

 

 

Talk by Prof. Aram Harrow – MIT

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Prof. Aram Harrow
Prof. Aram Harrow

 

 

On October 24th, 2019, the EPFL QCA hosted Prof. Aram Harrow for a visit. Prof. Harrow is a professor at MIT's Center for Theoretical Physics. He gave a talk on Quantum Machine Learning at EPFL in front of 150 students and scientists. 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk by Jack Hidary – X (Google X)

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Jack Hidary
Jack Hidary

 

On October 21st, 2019, the director of AI and Physics at Google X, Jack Hidary, gave speech in front of 120 EPFL students on the evolution of Quantum Computing an related topics. He explained Google's involvement in the field and proposed future collaboration with Google and the EPFL (through Dr. Giovanni de Micheli LSI Lab and possible internships among EPFL students in the USA).

 

 

 

Jack Hidary and Prof. De Micheli with members of the EPFL Quantum Computing Association
Jack Hidary and Prof. De Micheli with members of the EPFL Quantum Computing Association

 

Quantum Futures Hackathon

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Quantum Futures Hackathon, CERN, 2019
Quantum Futures Hackathon, CERN, 2019

 

From October 18th – 20th, 2019, CERN hosted the first Quantum Hackathon dedicated to the promotion of Quantum Computing. The event welcomed people from all Europe and beyond, gathering diverse profiles. The EPFL Quantum Computing Association was directly involved in the organization.

 

 

Quantum Computing Conference 2019

OXFORD – CAMBRIDGE – LONDON

The field of Quantum Computing has, from its purely theoretical origins in the 80's, experienced a tremendous rise. This is especially noticeable in the recent years due to rapidly accelerated investments by large international companies. Europe joined this movement as well, by investing billions of euros in the development of Quantum Technologies and intensifying research activities at its prominent universities, institutes and companies. Aforementioned efforts in the field of Quantum Computing in Europe reach one of the highest activity concentrations in the triangle Oxford – Cambridge – London.

 

This conference was held from October 7th to 11th, 2019. Crime scene: Oxford, Cambridge and London. Heads of the organization team were: yours truly – Samuel Bosch (EPFL), Jonas Kitzinger (Humboldt University of Berlin), Timo Sommer (TU Munich). The conference was primarily funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung). The broad lines of our excursion were built around  questions like: What is the current state of development of Quantum Computers? What are the possible applications of Quantum Computers? Where and how can we use Quantum Technologies?

 

Prof. Artur Ekert at Oxford
Prof. Artur Ekert at Oxford
Myself giving the opening statement of the conference
Myself giving the opening statement of the conference

Conference speakers:

 

Prof. Artur Ekert

University of Oxford

Quantum Computing and Philosophy

Prof. Vlatko Vedral

University of Oxford

Entanglement, quantum computation DQC 1

Prof. Simon Benjamin

University of Oxford

Applications for quantum computers in the NISQ era and Quantum Emulators

Prof. Bob Coecke

University of Oxford

ZX - Calculus

Prof. John Ellis

King's College London

Gravitaional waves and quantum technologies

Leonard Wossnig

University College London, Rahko

Quantum Machine Learning: Promises and Challenges

Dr. Mathias Soeken

Microsoft Research / EPFL

Quantum Logic Synthesis

Dr. Ross Duncan

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Compilers for noisy quantum computers

Nathan Fitzpatrick

Cambridge Quantum Computing, Imperial College London

An introduction to quantum computing for quantum chemistry

Dr. Florian Mintert

Imperial College London

General Introduction to Quantum Cryptography and Computing

 

During the five-days conference, we were able to gain an insight into the current state-of-the-art of Quantum Computing research field. It was an invaluable experience for all participants, which left us eager and motivated for similar future ventures. I would like to thank everyone who helped organize and deliver this conference and excursion at the top level!  

Group picture after Prof. John Elis' talk about gravitational waves and the role of Quantum Technologies in their discovery
Group picture after Prof. John Elis' talk about gravitational waves and the role of Quantum Technologies in their discovery

 

Joint visit to the Quantum Industry Day

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On October 4th, 2019, the city of Zürich organized with respective companies the Quantum Industry Day. The EPFL Quantum Computing Association formed the EPFL delegation made of committee members and motivated EPFL students, in order to present the EPFL QCA activities to the biggest forum. We participated at various talks by Swiss pioneers of the domain. Afterwards, we used this opportunity for networking with other participants and visitors with a few to organize future events like this one at the EPFL.

The EPFL QCA members at the Quantum Industry Day
The EPFL QCA members at the Quantum Industry Day

 

Associations week 2019

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The EPFL QCA members at Associations week 2019
The EPFL QCA members at Associations week 2019

 

From September 24th - 27th, 2019, at the EPFL Campus was held Associations week. The committee members of the EPFL Quantum Computing Association presented this newly created association and planned activities. From this event onwards, the Quantum Computing Association Community has been launched - we obtained more than 200 subscribers to our newsletter in just three days.

 

IBM Qiskit Camp Europe Hackathon 2019

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From September 12th - 15th, 2019, in Switzerland was held IBM Qiskit Camp Europe Hackathon. I was the part of the winning team with a project on Machine Learning with full PyTorch & Qiskit capabilities. Our mission consisted of three key points: (i) closer integration of PyTorch & Qiskit beyond existing tools, (ii) to enable seamless co-training of quantum circuits and neural networks, (iii) to encourage classical machine learning engineers to use quantum nodes.

Winning team of IBM's Qiskit Camp Europe Hackathon 2019
Winning team of IBM's Qiskit Camp Europe Hackathon 2019