Events Spring 2021

Quantum Colloquium

Next event (Weekly): May 11, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • Jan 26, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Feb 9, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Feb 16, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Feb 23, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Mar 2, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Mar 9, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Mar 16, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Mar 30, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Apr 6, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Apr 13, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Apr 20, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • Apr 27, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • May 4, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (ended)
  • May 11, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

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Location: 

https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/95040632440

Gather.town will be open for discussion after the colloquium at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

This colloquium series is sponsored by the NSF Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Simons Institute events are currently taking place online. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Hybrid Classical-Quantum AlgorithmsAram Harrow (MIT) | Abstract | Video

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum Supremacy via Boson Sampling: Theory and PracticeScott Aaronson (University of Texas at Austin) | AbstractVideo

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum Algorithms for Hamiltonian SimulationNathan Wiebe (University of Washington) | AbstractVideo

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum Algorithmic MeasurementsDorit Aharonov (Hebrew University) | AbstractVideo

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fault Tolerance with LDPC CodesDaniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute) | AbstractVideo

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum Fault Tolerance with Flag QubitsRui Chao (Duke University) | AbstractVideo

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Quantum Fault ToleranceRui Chao (Duke University), Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute), John Martinis (Silicon Quantum Computing), John Preskill (Caltech), and Peter Shor (MIT), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Tutorial Session on Introduction to Quantum Chemistry, Bryan O'Gorman (UC Berkeley) | Video

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Towards Practical Quantum AdvantageMatthias Troyer (Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Quantum) | AbstractVideo

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Quantum Advantage in Quantum Chemistry, Garnet Chan (Caltech), Matthew Hastings (Microsoft Quantum), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University), and Birgitta Whaley (UC Berkeley), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: On Quantum Linear Algebra for Machine LearningEwin Tang (University of Washington) | AbstractVideo

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Potential for Quantum Advantage in Machine LearningScott Aaronson (UT Austin), Andras Gilyen (Caltech), Ravi Kannan (MSR India), and Iordanis Kerenidis (Univ Paris & QC-Ware), Patrick Rebentrost (CQT), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

10:15 am – 11:00 am: Tutorial Session on Ground States of Local HamiltoniansZeph Landau (UC Berkeley) | Video

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: The Area-Law Conjecture in Many-Body Quantum PhysicsItai Arad (Technion) | Abstract | Video

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum SimulationIgnacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute, Munich) | Abstract | Video

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Quantum SimulationImmanuel Bloch (LMU, Munich), Aram Harrow (MIT), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard), Matthias Troyer (Microsoft Quantum), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Postquantum CryptographyMark Zhandry (Princeton University) | Abstract | Video

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion on Postquantum Cryptography, Boaz Barak (Harvard), Dan Boneh (Stanford), Daniele Micciancio (UCSD), Michele Mosca (U. Waterloo), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Classical Shadows of Quantum StatesJohn Preskill (California Institute of Technology) | Abstract | Video

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Quantum BenchmarkingScott Aaronson (UT Austin), Sergio Boixo (Google), Joseph Emerson (Quantum Benchmark), Steven Flammia (AWS Center for QC), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: The Role of Proofs in MIP* = REHenry Yuen (Columbia University) | Abstract | Video

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on The Role of Proofs in MIP* = RE, Marius Junge (UIUC), William Slofstra (Univ of Waterloo), Madhu Sudan (Harvard), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator) | Video

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Quantum Algorithms for OptimizationRonald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI and University of Amsterdam) |  Abstract

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion on Quantum Algorithms for Optimization, Eddie Farhi (MIT/Google), Ashley Montanaro (U. Bristol), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)

 

This colloquium series will feature talks by some of the foremost experts in quantum computation in the form of "an invitation to research in area X". With the explosion of interest in quantum computation, there is a dizzying flurry of results, as well as a diverse group of researchers who are drawn to this field. This colloquium series aims to target three audiences: 

  1. Experts in quantum computation: It is increasingly difficult for even experts to keep up with the results in adjacent areas. These colloquia will aim to identify the key results and techniques in the area, as well as the most important directions for further research. 
  2. Interested researchers in (classical) theoretical computer science: There are deep connections between ideas in quantum computation and classical complexity, algorithms, etc. These colloquia will make these connections more accessible to the broader TCS community. 
  3. Interested mathematical and physical science (MPS) researchers: These colloquia will enable MPS researchers to cut through the clutter to make connections to CS style results in quantum computation. 

Public Zoom webinar link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/95040632440

If you wish to receive ongoing info about talks in this series, or if you would like to be able to pose questions during the live sessions, please register to participate.

If you require accommodation for communication, please contact our Access Coordinator at simonsevents [at] berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.