Research Pod

Quantum Research Pod

In the wake of the National Quantum Initiative, the Simons Institute’s Research Pod in Quantum Computing brings together researchers from computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to study pressing issues in quantum algorithms, complexity theory, error correction, and near-term quantum devices. This research pod will facilitate deep interactions between quantum computing and the rest of theoretical computer science and will help introduce and welcome the larger TCS community into quantum computing research issues. This initiative is led by Simons Institute Research Director for Quantum Computing Umesh Vazirani and is supported in part by the Department of Energy, via the newly established Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), and by the National Science Foundation via the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI) award. 

Current and Future Activities
Quantum Colloquium

Related Past Activities
Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity (Spring 2014)
Summer Cluster: Challenges in Quantum Computation (Summer 2018)
The Quantum Wave in Computing (Spring 2020)
Summer Cluster in Quantum Computation (Summer 2021)

Visiting Research Scientists
We are accepting applications

Related Video Content
Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity Boot Camp
Quantum Games and Protocols | Workshop
Complexity Meets Condensed Matter | Workshop
Tensor Networks and Simulations | Workshop
Black Holes, Firewalls, and the Limits of Quantum Computers | Theoretically Speaking
Challenges in Quantum Computation | Workshop
The Quantum Wave in Computing Boot Camp
Quantum Cryptanalysis of Post-Quantum Cryptography | Workshop
Quantum Algorithms | Workshop
Quantum Protocols: Testing & Quantum PCPs | Workshop
Quantum Devices: Simulation, Supremacy, and Optimization | Workshop


Long-Term Participants (including Organizers):

Kirsten Eisentraeger (Pennsylvania State University), Sean Hallgren (Pennsylvania State University), John Wright (University of Texas at Austin)

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Quantum Complexity, Local Hamiltonians, Electronic Structure Theory, Quantum Chemistry
Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Hamiltonian Complexity
Quantum Computation, Computational Complexity Theory, And Connections With Physics
Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Computing, Non-Locality and Entanglement
Quantum Computing, Algorithm Theory, Computational Complexity, Monte Carlo Method
Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Information
Hamiltonian Simulation, Quantum Chemistry, Relativistic Electronic Structure

If you are interested in joining this research pod, please see the Participate page.

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Internal Program Activities

Tuesday, October 26 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Panel featuring Daniel Gottesman (University of Maryland), Shruti Puri (Yale University) and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).

Past Internal Program Activities

Tuesday, October 19 12:00 pm1:00 pm
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).
Tuesday, October 12 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Panel featuring Zvika Brakerski (Weizmann Institute), Anne Broadbent (U. Ottawa), Yael Kalai (Microsoft Research) and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Tuesday, October 5 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Panel featuring Adam Nahum (I'Ecole Normale Supérieure), Pedram Roushan (Google), Barbara Terhal (TU Delft), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Tuesday, October 5 11:00 am12:00 pm
Shivaji Sondhi (Oxford University)
Tuesday, September 21 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Panel featuring Lior Eldar (MIT), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT), Daniel Apon (NIST), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Tuesday, September 21 11:00 am12:30 pm
Sean Hallgren (Penn State University & Senior Visitor at Simons Institute 2021-22)
Tuesday, May 11 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Andrew Childs (UMD), Eddie Farhi (MIT/Google), Ashley Montanaro (U. Bristol), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, May 11 11:00 am12:00 pm
Ronald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI and University of Amsterdam)
Tuesday, May 4 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Marius Junge (UIUC), William Slofstra (Univ of Waterloo), Madhu Sudan (Harvard), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, May 4 11:00 am12:00 pm
Henry Yuen (Columbia University)
Tuesday, April 27 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Sergio Boixo (Google), Joseph Emerson (Quantum Benchmark), Steven Flammia (AWS Center for QC), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, April 27 11:00 am12:00 pm
John Preskill (California Institute of Technology)
Tuesday, April 20 11:00 am11:30 am
Boaz Barak (Harvard), Dan Boneh (Stanford), Daniele Micciancio (UCSD), Michele Mosca (U. Waterloo), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, April 20 10:00 am11:00 am
Mark Zhandry (Princeton University)
Tuesday, April 13 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Immanuel Bloch (LMU, Munich), Aram Harrow (MIT), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard), Matthias Troyer (Microsoft Quantum), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, April 13 11:00 am12:00 pm
Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute, Munich)
Tuesday, March 30 12:00 pm12:30 pm
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)
Tuesday, March 30 11:00 am12:00 pm
Ewin Tang (University of Washington)
Tuesday, March 16 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Garnet Chan (Caltech), Matthew Hastings (Microsoft Quantum), Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University), Birgitta Whaley (UC Berkeley), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, March 16 11:00 am12:00 pm
Matthias Troyer (Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Quantum)
Tuesday, March 9 12:00 pm12:30 pm
Rui Chao (Duke University), Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute), John Martinis (Silicon Quantum Computing), John Preskill (Caltech), Peter Shor (MIT), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator)
Tuesday, March 9 11:00 am12:00 pm
Rui Chao (Duke University)
Tuesday, March 2 11:00 am12:00 pm
Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute)
Tuesday, February 23 11:00 am12:00 pm
Dorit Aharonov (Hebrew University)
Tuesday, February 16 11:00 am12:00 pm
Nathan Wiebe (University of Washington)
Tuesday, February 9 11:00 am12:00 pm
Scott Aaronson (University of Texas at Austin)
Tuesday, January 26 11:00 am12:00 pm