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COE-ECE: Quantum Computing Talk with Dr. Scott Aaronson, UT Austin

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm CST

| Free

Dr. Scott Aaronson (UT Austin) will be visiting UTSA March 8th to give a COE-ECE Seminar talk on Quantum Computing.

The general survey talk is entitled “Quantum Computing and the Quest for Computational Supremacy.”

Dr. Aaronson is the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Prior to coming here, he taught for nine years in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.

Professor Scott Aaronson
Director of the Center for Quantum Information UT Austin

Friday, March 8th, 2019, 1:55 pm – 2:55 PM

Location: UTSA JPL 4.04.22 (Assembly Room)

Abstract: I’ll offer a crash course on quantum computing, which seeks to exploit the strange rules of quantum physics to solve certain problems dramatically faster than we know how to solve them with any existing computer.  I promise no hype: just a sober summary of how a quantum computer would actually work (hint: it’s not just by “trying every possible answer in parallel”), for which problems quantum computers are and aren’t expected to provide an advantage, and the current status of the worldwide effort to make quantum computing practical. I’ll also say something about the race to achieve “quantum computational supremacy”—that is, a clear quantum advantage, not necessarily a useful one, for some sampling task, using the noisy 50-80 qubit devices of the near future.


March 8
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm