Quantum Colloquium

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.

Fall 2021

Speaker: Panel featuring Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT) and Lior Eldar (MIT)
Sep. 21, 2021 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Speaker: Sean Hallgren (Penn State University & Senior Visitor at Simons Institute 2021-22)
Sep. 21, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm

Spring 2021

Speaker: Ronald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI and University of Amsterdam) Panelists: Andrew Childs (UMD), Eddie Farhi (MIT/Google), Ashley Montanaro (U. Bristol), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
May 11, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: Henry Yuen (Columbia University), Marius Junge (UIUC), William Slofstra (Univ of Waterloo), Madhu Sudan (Harvard), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
May 4, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: John Preskill (California Institute of Technology) Panelists: Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Sergio Boixo (Google), Joseph Emerson (Quantum Benchmark), Steven Flammia (AWS Center for QC), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Apr. 27, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: Mark Zhandry (Princeton University), Boaz Barak (Harvard), Dan Boneh (Stanford), Daniele Micciancio (UCSD), Michele Mosca (U. Waterloo), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Apr. 20, 2021 10:00 am11:30 am
Speaker: Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute, Munich), Immanuel Bloch (LMU, Munich), Aram Harrow (MIT), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard), Matthias Troyer (Microsoft Quantum), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: Zeph Landau (UC Berkeley), Itai Arad (Technion)
Apr. 6, 2021 10:15 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Ewin Tang (University of Washington) Panelists: Scott 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)
Mar. 30, 2021 11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: Bryan O'Gorman (UC Berkeley), Matthias Troyer (Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Quantum), Garnet Chan (Caltech), Matthew Hastings (Microsoft Quantum), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University), and Birgitta Whaley (UC Berkeley), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Mar. 16, 2021 10:30 am12:30 pm