Events Spring 2021

Quantum Colloquium

Next event (Weekly): Mar 2, 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 

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Location: opens at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, and after the colloquium.

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, Jan 26, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hybrid Classical-Quantum Algorithms, Aram Harrow (MIT)




Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quantum Supremacy via Boson Sampling: Theory and Practice, Scott Aaronson (University of Texas at Austin)




Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quantum Algorithms for Hamiltonian Simulation, Nathan Wiebe (University of Washington)




Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quantum Algorithmic Measurements, Dorit Aharonov (Hebrew University)




Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fault Tolerance with LDPC Codes, Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute)



Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
On Quantum Linear Algebra for Machine Learning, Ewin Tang (University of Washington)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quantum Simulation, Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute, Munich)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Postquantum Cryptography, Mark Zhandry (Princeton University)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Classical Shadows of Quantum States, John Preskill (California Institute of Technology)


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. 

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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] with as much advance notice as possible.