Sergi Ramos and Sergi Duaigües have joined QUANTIC to work on their TFG (‘treball de final de grau’, or undergraduate thesis). They will both join Prof. J. I. Latorre’s theory team to work on coherent quantum annealing and variational quantum algorithms, respectively. They will stay until the end of the semester. Welcome to QUANTIC!
The QUANTIC family is growing. A new PhD student, Carlos Bravo Prieto, joined the team to work on quantum algorithms. Carlos will be based at UB under Prof. J. I. Latorre. He will work closely with the experimental team at BSC to design a first generation of algorithms for real quantum computers. Welcome Carlos!
MSc. Chris W. Warren joined the QUANTIC group as a ‘Research Engineer’. Chris will join the experimental team to set up the first generation of experiments with superconducting qubits. Chris just finished his Master thesis at the Institute for Quantum Computation (University of Waterloo) under the supervision of Prof. C. M. Wilson.
The “Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad” has awarded Dr. Forn-Díaz a grant for the project “Computación Cuántica Realista” with code FIS2017-89860-P.
This is the first grant awarded to the Quantic Group to begin building up a working space at BSC to perform quantum computation with superconducting circuits.
Dr. Pol Forn-Díaz has been awarded the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative Seed Fund, together with MIT Professor William D. Oliver and Dr. Simon Gustavsson. The 20,000 USD grant is awarded by the MIT-Spain – “La Caixa” Foundation.
The award will strengthen the already existing collaboration between the BSC and MIT groups in their project to build a superconducting quantum processor.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center celebrates its special day when the winter holiday period approaches. This year the event was marked by the recent news of the award to BSC of the project EuroHPC to coordinate the endeavor of producing European-made computer chips, and become a sovereign chip producer. More extended coverage of the news here (in Spanish).
During the presentation by BSC director Mateo Valero and associate director Josep Martorell, an overview of the year 2017 was given, with special emphasis on the start of MareNostrum 4. As a highlight of 2017, the creation of our group QUANTIC had its moment, particularly since some are already wondering when will BSC host a quantum computer.
Last week there was a special event on TV3 (Catalan) during the program Valor afegit (Added value), where a description of quantum technologies was introduced. The local efforts in Barcelona were highlighted, including the participation of Prof. José Ignacio Latorre from Quantic Group:
This message is to officially launch our group website at BSC.