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