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Quantum Bits podcast provides bi-weekly episodes on various topics of quantum computing for public enthusiasts. In each episode, our guests from the quantum computing industry and academia keep us educated and updated by sharing their perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA CONNECT FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING
University of Victoria’s Hausi Müller has worked tirelessly to create and orchestrate the most extensive, high-profile international conference believed ever to have been held on quantum computing. The first IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering took place in October with 850 industry leaders, researchers, educators and enthusiasts from around the globe. The conference helped bring together top leaders from both industry and academia.
IEEE QUANTUM WEEK BEST PAPER AWARD
A Best Paper Award in the Quantum Education Track was awarded to the Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing team at the University of British Columbia. The award was presented to Parham Pashaei, Haris Amiri, Raphael Haenel, Pedro Lopez and Lukas Chrostowski. The paper, titled Educational Resources for Promoting Talent in Quantum Computing was presented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE20) held October 12-16, 2020. The paper compiles a number of publicly available resources, tested in real classes, for integrating Quantum Computing to the education of the K-12 age groups.
QUANTUM COMPUTING TRAINING SERIES CONNECTED INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES WITH CANADIAN EXPERTISE
Last week, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) joined partners at TRIUMF, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (Germany) in celebrating the successful conclusion the Cornerstone Models for Quantum Computing series. The series, which comprised eight lectures and tutorials over four weeks, attracted international participation and engaged audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia.
Thank you to all the participants, judges and sponsors at our first virtual poster session and student competition on Quantum Computing
On 25 June 2020, speakers from industry and academia across the world presented on various quantum computing topics. Thank you to everyone who participated and, congratulations to the three student poster winners – Xiruo Yan (1st), Bryan Dury (2nd) and Adan Azem (3rd).
Finally, thank you to the judges, Gordon Harling (CMC Microsystems), Shunji Matsuura (1QBit) and Olivia Di Matteo (TRIUMF), and to the prize sponsors CMC Microsystems and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI).
Quantum BC, TRIUMF and Helmholtz Institut jointly present an online lecture and tutorial series during July to August 2020
The ‘Cornerstone Models of Quantum Computing’ series covers introductory lectures and hands-on tutorials in four key models of Quantum Computing including gate-model quantum computing, quantum annealing, measurement-based quantum computing and continuous-variable quantum computing.
A NEW QUANTUM SENSOR BASED ON ULTRACOLD ATOMS
Developed by a UBC-BCIT collaboration (Kirk Madison, Roman Krems and Jim Booth), the self-defining particle pressure sensor provides the first primary and quantum definition of the Pascal. This represents a fundamental advance for vacuum and pressure metrology.
New NSERC CREATE Quantum Computing Training Program to be Offered by UBC, UVic, and SFU with Leading Industry Experts Rigetti Computing, IBM, D-Wave, 1QBit and More
Students will be trained in building and programming quantum computers to create quantum algorithms, systems and applications supported by industry professionals from Rigetti Computing, Microsoft, IBM, 1QBit, Xanadu, D-Wave, Google and the German Aerospace Center.
UBC and the University of Washington Establish Collaborative Research Partnership on Quantum Computing
Faculty at UBC and the University of Washington combine efforts to deliver workshops on quantum computing and foster greater research collaboration through the UW-UBC Collaborative Research Mobility grant.
University of Victoria Looking to Appoint a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing and Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor. Areas of interest include, quantum algorithms, quantum complexity, quantum information theory, quantum programming languages, quantum software engineering, applications of quantum computing to optimization and machine learning, and hybrid quantum/classical computing.
New Course on Quantum Computation with Photons Offered by Robert Raussendorf and Jeff Young at UBC
The new course was introduced in Spring 2020.
Success at Digital Supercluster Capacity Building Program With Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing Project
Led by UBC (Lukas Chrostowski), D-Wave and UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach, this project will work to ensure that young people, including girls and indigenous people. are aware of career opportunities in the quantum computing field.
SFU Looking to Appoint a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing
The School of Computing Science invites applications for an Assistant/Associate professor post. Areas of interest include quantum algorithms, quantum-safe cryptography, systems software for quantum computers, quantum AI, and theoretical foundations of quantum computing.
Joe Salfi offers new graduate course on Introduction to Quantum Computing at UBC
In January 2020, this introductory course will teach students in physics, electrical engineering and computer science about the fundamental aspects of quantum computers.
Funding Renewed for the Quantum Computing Research Cluster for 2020/2021
UBC’s Quantum Computing Research Cluster receives further funding through the UBC Research Excellence Clusters initiative in 2020/2021.
UBC Hosts Germany-Canada Workshop on Quantum Computing Applications in Advanced Manufacturing
German Aerospace Center (DLR) attends UBC workshop on quantum computing applications in advanced manufacturing.
World-Renowned Quantum Computing Experts (Penrose, Rosenbaum, Raussendorf) Speaks at UBC Conference, Quantum Information: Quo Vadis?
Led by UBC’s Philip Stamp, this conference brings experimental, theoretical and industrial communities across the Pacific North American coast to reflect on current and future progress in this field attracting prestigious quantum experts including Roger Penrose, Robert Raussendorf and Thomas Rosenbaum.
BC Provincial Government Invests $17M to Establish New Quantum Algorithms Institute
The new institute, hosted at SFU Surrey campus, will partner with universities across the region (UBC, SFU, UVic) to help position BC as a world leader in building quantum computing software and algorithms.
UBC Professor Lukas Chrostowski Newly Elected to Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
Lukas Chrostowski, an electrical and computer engineering professor, has been named as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada for “his leadership in research and education in the design of silicon photonic devices and systems for applications in optical communications and biosensors”.
Joe Salfi Awarded $125K in Research Funding Through the John R Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)
UBC Assistant Professor, Joe Salfi, is the recipient of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation JELF grant for his project: ‘Ultra-low Temperature Facility for Quantum Simulators and Quantum Computers in Silicon’.
SFU’s Stephanie Simmons Appointed New CIFAR Fellow in Quantum Information Science
CIFAR fellows are exceptional researchers who are internationally respected for advances in their field.
Strong attendance at TRIUMF’s Introduction to Quantum Computing & Quantum Annealing Workshop
TRIUMF’s Quantum Information Science Associate, Olivia di Matteo, delivers introductory lecture series on gate model quantum computing, quantum annealing and applications.
UBC Professors Collaborate with University of Waterloo and University of Sherbrooke on Two Joint CFREF Quantum Research Projects
The two research projects are:
Gate-Based Quantum Computer Applications Workshop Draws Strong Attendance With Leading Industry Instructors From 1QBit and Rigetti Computing at UBC
This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn how to use NISQ computers such as the Rigetti machine and to advance knowledge in software and algorithms for use in both NISQ and universal quantum computers.
UBC Welcomes Experimental Quantum Physicist, Joe Salfi, as an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joe Salfi joins UBC from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) in Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on the investigation, realization and assembly of the building blocks for quantum information systems.
Prashant Nair Joins UBC as an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Specializing in Computer Systems and Quantum Computing
Prashant Nair joins from IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. His research interests include the reliability, security, and performance-power efficient memory systems and optimization of systems and architectures to enable efficient and practical quantum computers.
First Industry Consortium (SiEPICfab: the Canadian Silicon Photonics Foundry) established between UBC, Laval University, McGill University and Industry Partners
Instigated by Lukas Chrostowski, the consortium is an extension of the NSERC CREATE SiEPIC research training program. SiEPICfab’s goal is to fabricate and demonstrate novel photonic devices and functions for emerging applications including quantum computing.
Success at SBQMI’s Grand Challenges Call With “Pushing the Boundaries of Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum Computing by Focusing on Quantum Materials Problems'” Project
Led by Robert Raussendorf and colleagues from SBQMI, UBC and the University of Tel Aviv, the project aims to address the question: what can be done with the small-scale quantum computers available now or in the near future?
SFU-UBC Awarded $19M from the CFI Innovation Fund for “The Silicon Quantum Leap: Tools for Building a Universal Quantum Computer” Project
This project led by SFU Progessor Mike Thewalt and a team including Stephanie Simmons and UBC collaborators Jeff Young and Lukas Chrostowski aims to build a scalable universal quantum computer based on silicon qubits.
Sarah Burke Receives $800K Through the John R Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)
UBC Assistant Professor, Sarah Burke, is the recipient of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation JELF grant for her project “Tool for Multimodal Measurements of Quantum Materials: Scanning Probe Microscopy and Angle Resolved Photoemission”.
UBC Professor, Roman Krems, Elected New Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and Scientists
Roman Krems has been named as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada through his research on developing numerical tools for calculating the collision properties of molecules in electromagnetic fields.
Renewed Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Nanoscience for Sarah Burke at UBC
Sarah Burke retains Canada Research Chair for another 5 years for research excellence in nanoscience.
SFU Welcomes Stephanie Simmons as an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Nanoelectronics
Stephanie joins SFU from the Center for Quantum Computation and Communication Technologies (CQC2T) in Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on buildings silicon-based quantum technologies and she previously collaborated with SFU’s Mike Thewalt on the longest coherence time for a qubit at room temperature.
SFU Break World Record for the Longest-Lived Qubit at Room Temperature at 39 Minutes
Mike Thewalt and SFU colleagues shatter previous record of seconds with the breakthrough named as one of the top 10 in 2013 by Physics World.
UBC welcomes Assistant Professor Sudip Shekhar to Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sudip previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Intel Corporation. His research interests include integrated circuits and systems for high-speed wireline signalling links, silicon photonics links, radio-frequency transceivers and low power sensing and computer interfaces.
UBC Professor Lukas Chrostowski Secures NSERC CREATE funding for Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (Si-EPIC) Training Program
The Si-EPIC program, led by Program Director Lukas Chrostowski and researchers from 5 Canadian Universities, will train students nationwide in the information and communication technology systems that involves miniaturization of optical components onto silicon chips.
UBC’s Sarah Burke Appointed Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Nanoscience
Sarah Burke recognized for research excellence in nanoscience.
UBC’s Joshua Folk Awarded 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics
The two-year fellowships are awarded in recognition of outstanding early-career faculty.