Just a few years ago, the possibilities for quantum computers were well understood, though the reality of using one as a research tool remained a distant goal. And while the quantum computing capacity that exists today is still comparable to traditional computers, scieintists expect that the next couple of years will see quantum computers that are much more powerful for certain applications. That anticipation, and how it might impact scientific research from encryption to machine learning, will be the focus of the first Southeast Quantum Computing Workshop:
UGA will host a regional workshop on quantum computing and quantum information science May 18-19 in the Center for Simulational Physics in the physics building on the UGA campus. The first Southeast Quantum Computing Workshop is free but registration is required.
Quantum computers, which use quantum states of subatomic particles to store information, was initiated as a field in 1980 and though its development remains in the early stages, some online capabilities are now available. Large-scale quantum computers would be able to solve certain problems faster than classical computers and also to solve problems that are not practically feasible on classical computers.
These applications include special algorithms designed for quantum computing, particularly those focused on machine learning.
The growing impact and capacity of quantum computing is the focus of the regional workshop, which will offer researchers an opportunity to share short presentations on their work with interested colleagues.
To learn more and to register for the conference, visit https://www.physast.uga.edu/workshops/southeast-quantum-computing-2017/.
The significance of hosting the workshop at UGA highlights the decades of work by the Center for Simulational Physics, which envisioned the wide use of computers in scientific research that we see today. Though it seems an obvious observation today, that is only a matter of technological advancement and innovation - a dynamic also envisioned for quantum computing.
Image: Quantum computing mixing chamber via IBM