On Google's Quantum Supremacy Claim

Videoconference: A conversation on solving unsolvable problems with quantum laws

 

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time: 19:00         Venue: Auditorio Planetario       Free admission

AbstractAround two weeks ago, The Financial Times leaked the draft of a scientific article developed by the Google’s quantum computing team and published on a NASA website. In that draft, it was announced that Google’s quantum computer had achieved quantum supremacy, that is, it had been able to perform a task impossible to perform by the most powerful conventional supercomputer. The document was withdrawn without any explanation. Did Google achieve Quantum Supremacy?

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Invited Speakers

Ph.D. Perdomo-Ortiz, Alejandro

Ph.D. Perdomo-Ortiz, Alejandro

Senior Quantum Scientist at Zapata Computing, Inc.

Alejandro did his graduate studies, M.A and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, at Harvard University. Over the past 12+ years, he has worked on the implementation of quantum computing algorithms, enhancing their performance with physics-based approaches while maintaining a practical, application-relevant perspective. Before joining Zapata Computing’s Toronto Office as a Senior Quantum Scientist, Alejandro was the lead scientist of the Quantum Machine Learning effort at NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (NASA QuAIL), where he worked during 5+ years. He was also the Co-Founder of Qubitera LLC, a consulting company acquired by Rigetti Computing where he worked after NASA and before his current appointment with Zapata Computing. Alejandro also holds an Honorary Senior Research Associate position at University College London where he supervises two PhD students. His latest research interests involves the design of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms to solve hard optimization problems and intractable machine learning subroutines.

While at NASA, he was the recipient of the 2014 Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Award from the University of California, and the 2016 Ames Honor Award in the category of Contractor Employee. In 2017 he was recognized by the Colombian Embassy in the USA as one of the top 22 most influential Colombians in the USA, for his scientific leadership and outreach to help young generations interested in science and technology.
Ph.D. Peropadre, Borja

Ph.D. Peropadre, Borja

Senior Quantum Scientist at Zapata Computing, Inc.

Borja developed his PhD studies at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Quantum Information and Foundations Group (QUINFOG). He conducted research on the emergent field of Quantum Technologies, which span other disciplines such as quantum information, quantum computing and quantum simulations. In particular, Borja focused on superconducting circuits and circuit quantum electrodynamics as platforms for quantum information and quantum computing. As a grad student, he also explored possible connections with quantum optics and quantum field theory. Since 2013 and until 2016, during his time as a postdoc at Harvard University, his research focused on potential applications of quantum computing in near term devices. In particular, Borja worked on BosonSampling, a dedicated quantum processor aimed at demonstrating the supremacy of quantum devices over classical ones. His work encompassed a variety of ideas, from scalable implementations of BosonSampling, to condensed matter analogs in spin systems, and applications in molecular chemistry. In October 2016, he joined the Quantum Information Processing group at Raytheon-BBN Technologies, where he worked on multi-qubit device modelling, fault-tolerant quantum computing and quantum error correction. Since May 2018, Borja is senior scienist at Zapata Computing, where he works on the hardware integration of quantum algorithms in different quantum computing platforms.

Ph.D. Leonardo A. Pachon

Ph.D. Leonardo A. Pachon

Associate Professor UdeA, CEO guane Enterprises

Leonardo es Físico de la Universidad Industrial de Santander (2000-2005, UIS), Ph.D. en Física de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2006-2010), Postdoctoral Fellow en University of Toronto (2010-2011, 2012-2013) y Harvard University (2013-2014). Experto en el uso y adaptación de herramientas de la física estadística y la inteligencia artificial a la solución de problemas complejos. En 2015 fue escogido dentro del Top 15 de los Investigadores y Empresarios menores de 35 años más innovadores de Colombia por The Falling Walls Foundation y el 2019 fue escogido dentro del Top 10 de Científicos Emprendedores en Colombia por el ICETEX y la Embajada Suiza. Leonardo es Profesor Asociado de la Universidad de Antioquía– UdeA–. Los resultados de sus investigaciones científicas le han hecho merecedor, en dos ocasiones, del Premio de Investigación más prestigioso de la UdeA y a ser elegido por La Academia de Ciencias del Mundo de la UNESCO como el joven científico del año 2018 en Colombia.