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2019 Gibbons Lecture 3: Searching for the quantum frontier

22 May 2019: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

University of Auckland,
Owen G Glenn Building,
Room OGGB 3/260-092,
Level 0,
12 Grafton Road,

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2019 Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series in association with ITP

Quantum Computing

What is quantum computing, what is the promise and what are the challenges?

Quantum computers are extremely complex machines that challenge almost everything we know about computing. Given their complexity, they are difficult to understand which, in turn, makes it difficult for us to understand their limits.

It is said they can crack all modern security algorithms and do immediate pattern recognition. If this is the case, what are the implications for not only computing but also wider society?

Quantum computing provides us with the opportunity to build new algorithms, and to rethink a lot of what has gone before.

Come along and hear the experts delve into this fascinating topic.

Lecture 3: Searching for the quantum frontier

The world's leading experimental quantum computing teams are racing to develop quantum processors that might have the capability to take the first steps into the 'quantum frontier'.

It is hoped that these devices can perform some form of post-classical computation of a type that cannot be performed efficiently on a digital computer but can on a quantum computer - a direct, practical challenge to the extended Church-Turing Thesis.

Despite these advances, the construction of quantum processors that can achieve the full potential of quantum computing remains an extremely challenging task that fundamentally pushes the limits of physics, engineering, and computer science.

Knowing that classical computers are currently faster, have more stable memories, and can be highly parallelised: where exactly is the 'quantum frontier'?

In this talk Professor Bremner will discuss how quantum advantage emerges from the subtle characteristics of problems where quantum interference can best be utilised, and why this makes building and developing applications for quantum computers such a difficult task.

Join us for refreshments before each lecture from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building

About The Speaker

Professor Michael Bremner is a professor of Software Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney's (UTS) Centre for Quantum Software and Information and leads the UTS node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T).

Michael joined UTS in 2012 as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He completed his PhD at the University of Queensland in 2005.

Between 2005 and 2012 Michael held post-doctoral appointments with quantum computing teams at the Universities of Innsbruck, Bristol and Hannover.

Registration Details:

Attendance is free, however please register below for catering and to secure your place.

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