1st Benasque Summer School on Experimental Quantum Computation

The first Benasque Summer School on Experimental Quantum Computation took place from July 10th-July21st. It was a great success of participation. A young generation of experimentalists and theorists met with experts in the world of several of the most advanced areas to implement quantum computation:

Superconducting qubits (Rami Barends, Google)

Quantum dots in semiconductors (Hendrik Bluhm, Aachen)

Ion traps (Philipp Schindler, Innsbruck)

Photonic circuits (Geoff Pryde, Grittifh University)

Donors in silicon (John Morton, University College London)

Adiabatic Quantum Computation and online quantum computers (Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz, Rigetti Computing)

Theory of Quantum Computation (José Ignacio Latorre, BSC-UB).


Workshop Quantum Simulation and Computation in Bilbao

Last month we witnessed one of the most important events in the Quantum Simulation and Computation scene in the world this year. The workshop in Bilbao contained a set of the leading scientists in the world in all areas of quantum information, particularly experimental quantum computation and simulation.

Besides, a couple round tables made the event even more special. A first round table moderated by Enrique Solano and Gavin Brennen with scientists discussed the future of quantum computation, the challenges and the visions from top players in the field such as Rainer Blatt (Innbruck), Michel Devoret (Yale), Alan Aspuru-Guzik (Harvard), Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin), Christine Muschik (IQC Waterloo), Frank Wilhelm (Universität des Saarland). A second round table with representatives from the corporate world was moderated by Víctor Canivell, president of the Quantum World Association, and included Sergio Boixo (Google), Will Zheng (Rigetti), José Ignacio Latorre (Qilimanjaro), Arman Zaribafiyan (1QBit), Toni Juan (Metempsy).

The QUANTIC team was represented twofold. First, Artur García-Sáez presented preliminary results on a new type of quantum algorithm known as ‘Adiabatically Assisted Variational Quantum Eigensolver’ (AAVQE) which is currently being written up. The second participation was from José Ignacio Latorre who participated at the industrial round table and explained his views from the position of a scientist trying to raise private funds.

The event was co-organized by Enrique Rico (Bilbao), Juan José García-Ripoll (IFF-CSIC, Madrid) and Pol Forn-Díaz (QUANTIC).

Workshop Bilbao Quantum Computation and Simulation

Last week one of the most important events this year on Quantum Computation and Simulation took place in Bilbao. The workshop gathered some of the experts in the field from all over the world, both in the experimental as well as the theory areas. As a novelty, a round table including representatives of the quantum technology industry was chaired by Víctor Canivell, president of the Quantum World Association. Prof. J. I. Latorre participated in the table as a partner of the consultancy Entanglement Partners.

Our group was represented at the workshop as organizers (Pol Forn-Díaz and José Ignacio Latorre) and as presenters. Artur García-Sáez presented his latest work on a non-trivial and potentially useful new quantum algorithm, the adiabatically-assisted variational quantum eigensolver (AAVQE) that caused some sensation. This work is the first project at QUANTIC seeing the light.

Artur García-Sáez introducing the Quantic group in his talk about quantum eigensolvers.

Consortium on coherent quantum annealing meets in Barcelona

On Friday December 1st, an European consortium gathered at BSC to organize a project to build a Coherent Quantum Annealer using the technology of superconducting circuits. The BSC group led by Dr. Pol Forn-Díaz and Prof. J. I. Latorre will coordinate the consortium.

The consortium will participate in the FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies call. With this call, the European Union aims at bringing the European research at the forefront worldwide in the development of quantum technologies. The consortium led by the BSC team is formed out of researchers from Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

The FET call on quantum technologies was launched after the publication of the Quantum Manifesto endorsed by many important European scientists as a response to the growing industry on quantum technologies particularly in the US and China.

Official presentation of Quantic Group at RICE meeting

Last September 22nd, the Quantic Group at BSC was presented to the Quantum Information Network in Spain (Red de Información Cuántica de España, or RICE) meeting organized at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

The event was combined with talks by researchers from RICE. More information at the official event site.

Here are some images of the event:

José Ignacio Latorre introducing the event.
Pol Forn-Díaz explaining the future project at BSC.
Artur García-Sáez introducing quantum simulation.
Juan José García-Ripoll presenting his team at IFF.
Alessio Celi presenting his work on simulating magnetic fields in cold atoms.
Daniel Alsina describing how he programmed the IBM Quantum Processor.
Germán Sierra presenting his work on number theory and quantum algorithms.
Bruno Julia presenting his work on solving number partitioning problems in trapped ions.
Enrique Rico describing the projects at the QUTIS group in Bilbao.
Juan Bermejo-Vega explaining his recent work on verifying quantum speed-up.