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QBC Seminar Series – Thomas E. Baker

April 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Quantum BC Seminar Series is a monthly talk given by faculty in BC on various topics related to quantum computing. The talks happen on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm.


Please join us for our second seminar with Dr. Thomas Baker on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 2pm.

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Meeting ID: 694 4332 7772

Passcode: 996727

Title: Quantum algorithms now and in the future

Author: Thomas E. Baker, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing for Modelling of Molecules and Materials

Affiliation: Department of Physics & Astronomy; Department of Chemistry; Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology, University of Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2, Canada


Computing has revolutionized the landscape of what is possible in terms of modern technology over the past century. Continuing to improve technologies over the next century offers to improve our technological capabilities as much or more so as has already been done. This would affect everything from medicine to farming yields to battery storage. How a computer is built and what algorithms are best run on it are crucial questions  for ensuring that the best and most accurate results are obtained. This talk will focus primarily on how algorithms can be made in two contexts: one for the quantum computer and the other for classical computers. Algorithms to access the most efficient information to describe the many-electron solutions from the quantum computer will be discussed. Additionally, tensor network algorithms that rely on entanglement renormalization, an efficient strategy for physically relevant systems, will be discussed and introduced here. With the best algorithms, it will be possible to push technological advances forward and achieve noticeable improvements in everyday life.

This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding from the Canada Research Chairs Program. T.E.B. is grateful for support from the University of Victoria’s start-up grant from the Faculty of Science.



April 11, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm