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

Tuesday, September 21

Speaker: Sean Hallgren (Penn State University & Senior Visitor at Simons Institute 2021-22)
11:00 am12:30 pm
Speaker: Panel featuring Lior Eldar (MIT), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT), Daniel Apon (NIST), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 5

Speaker: Shivaji Sondhi (Oxford University)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Panel featuring Adam Nahum (I'Ecole Normale Supérieure), Pedram Roushan (Google), Barbara Terhal (TU Delft), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 12

Speaker: Panel featuring Zvika Brakerski (Weizmann Institute), Anne Broadbent (U. Ottawa), Yael Kalai (Microsoft Research) and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19

Speaker: Panel featuring Patrick Coles (Los Alamos National Labs), Aram Harrow (MIT), Maria Schuld (UKZN and Xanadu), Jarrod McClean (Google), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, October 26

Speaker: Panel featuring Daniel Gottesman (University of Maryland), Shruti Puri (Yale University), Jonathan Home (ETH Zurich), Chen Wang (UMass Amherst), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 2

Speaker: Patrick Hayden (Stanford University) 
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Panel featuring Amir Safavi-Naeini (Stanford University), Daniel Litinski (PsiQuantum), Robert Raussendorf (University of British Columbia), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 9

Speaker: Panel featuring Andrew Childs (University of Maryland), Norman Yao (UC Berkeley), Markus Greiner (Harvard University), Monika Aidelsburger (University of Munich), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 16

Speaker: Panel featuring Chris Monroe (Duke University), Lieven Vandersypen (TU Delft), Mark Zhandry (Princeton University), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 30

Speaker: Panel featuring Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Dorit Aharonov (Hebrew University), Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics), Elad Hazan (Princeton). Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
12:00 pm1:00 pm
Spring 2021

Tuesday, January 26

Tuesday, February 9

Speaker: Scott Aaronson (University of Texas at Austin)
11:00 am12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 16

Speaker: Nathan Wiebe (University of Washington)
11:00 am12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 23

Speaker: Dorit Aharonov (Hebrew University)
11:00 am12:00 pm

Tuesday, March 2

Speaker: Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute)
11:00 am12:00 pm

Tuesday, March 9

Speaker: Rui Chao (Duke University)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Rui Chao (Duke University), Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute), John Martinis (Silicon Quantum Computing), John Preskill (Caltech), Peter Shor (MIT), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 16

Speaker: Matthias Troyer (Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Quantum)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Garnet Chan (Caltech), Matthew Hastings (Microsoft Quantum), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University), Birgitta Whaley (UC Berkeley), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 30

Speaker: Ewin Tang (University of Washington)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Andras Gilyen (Caltech), Ravi Kannan (MSR India), Iordanis Kerenidis (Univ Paris & QC-Ware), Patrick Rebentrost (CQT), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, April 13

Speaker: Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute, Munich)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Immanuel Bloch (LMU, Munich), Aram Harrow (MIT), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard), Matthias Troyer (Microsoft Quantum), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20

Speaker: Mark Zhandry (Princeton University)
10:00 am11:00 am
Speaker: Boaz Barak (Harvard), Dan Boneh (Stanford), Daniele Micciancio (UCSD), Michele Mosca (U. Waterloo), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
11:00 am11:30 am

Tuesday, April 27

Speaker: John Preskill (California Institute of Technology)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Sergio Boixo (Google), Joseph Emerson (Quantum Benchmark), Steven Flammia (AWS Center for QC), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, May 4

Speaker: Henry Yuen (Columbia University)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Marius Junge (UIUC), William Slofstra (Univ of Waterloo), Madhu Sudan (Harvard), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Tuesday, May 11

Speaker: Ronald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI and University of Amsterdam)
11:00 am12:00 pm
Speaker: Andrew Childs (UMD), Eddie Farhi (MIT/Google), Ashley Montanaro (U. Bristol), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
12:00 pm12:30 pm