Annual UCD/IBM Quantum Technology Colloquium

Annual UCD/IBM Quantum Technology Colloquium on the 28th March at UCD 

A podcast of the event is available on the Discovery Soundcloud Channel

UCD hosted the largest Irish Quantum Computing event on March 28th. The event focused on emerging research opportunities in Quantum Technologies and was organised in partnership with IBM Research - Ireland, UCD Research, and the UCD Institute for Discovery.

Quantum technology is an emerging and highly interdisciplinary field of study that draws on expertise in Science and Engineering but is expected to be highly disruptive to a range of other disciplines. Though early in its development, quantum computing is now available on real hardware via the cloud through IBM Q. This radically new kind of computing holds open the possibility of solving some problems that are now and perhaps always will be intractable for “clas sical” computers.

Speakers included Dr Elena Blokhina, Assistant Professor at UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the coordinator of the Circuits and Systems Research Group, Prof Monique Laurent, Professor - Universiteit Tilburg and CWI Research Centre Scientific, Dr Dirk Leipold, CEO, Equal1.labs, Dr Radu Marinescu, Research Staff Member, IBM Research - Ireland, Prof Gary McGuire, Full Professor of Mathematics, University College Dublin, Dr Martin Mevissen, Research Staff Member and Manager - Optimization & Control, IBM Research - Ireland, Dr Krzysztof Pomorski

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College Dublin, Prof Bogdan Staszewski, SFI Research Professor, University College Dublin , and Dr Jiri Vala, Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, Maynooth University.

A broad spectrum of cutting-edge technologies was presented ranging from quantum simulation, to quantum computing, to post-quantum cryptography combining academic and industrial sessions, with contributions from leading scientists and practitioners in the field. As part of this event, IBM Research -- Ireland gave a demo of IBM Q, an industry-first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business and science.  Exciting new developments in Quantum Computing hardware were outlined by UCD team.