Welcome to QTalks under QWorld

QTalks is our new project, which aims to disseminate knowledge in the field of quantum software and quantum technologies, as well as share the experiences of people working in these fields. There are three types of QTalks, for juniors, with women, and organized by QCousins.

QTalks organized by QCousins:
QTalk in Latvia: Quantum supremacy by Janos Asboth

QTalks for Juniors with a special focus on high school students:
Polarization of Light with Quantum Game by Piotr Migdał

QTalks with Women hosting women but open to everyone:
My quantum journey by ‪Laura Mančinska‬

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QTalk in Latvia | Quantum supremacy by Janos Asboth

19:00 (GMT+3), Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | organized by QLatvia
Moderators: Maksims Dimitrijevs & Anastasija Trizna

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/698Ggy50XaQ

From Janos:
Perhaps the most important recent milestone in the exciting progress of quantum computing was passed last year, with the achievement of quantum supremacy by the UCSB-Google group. I was as excited to hear of this result as any of us working in the field of quantum information. I will discuss what quantum supremacy means, how it was demonstrated by Google’s group, and how this fits into the pattern of progress of quantum computing.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with Google, and did not take part in the experiment.

About Janos:
Janos Asboth is associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Senior Research Fellow at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest. He is doing research in theoretical quantum physics, studying generalizations and applications of topological phases, a topic at the interface between quantum information and solid state physics. Prior to his current position at the Wigner Centre, he held a post-doc position in Leiden. Janos obtained his PhD at University of Innsbruck.

Polarization of Light with Quantum Game by Piotr Migdał

19:00 (GMT+3), Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | organized by QLatvia
Moderators: Abuzer Yakaryilmaz & Viktorija Laimane

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/QKBHIaFxLMQ

From Piotr:
Light is an electromagnetic wave. One of its key properties is polarization – the axis of oscillations. This phenomenon is used in photography, LCD screens, and quantum information. We will perform virtual experiments on how does the polarization interacts with mirrors, sugar solution, or magnetic field. All experiments in the Quantum Game virtual lab: https://quantumgame.io/

About Piotr:
Piotr is a quantum physics (PhD from ICFO, Castelldefels), and a specialist in AI and data viz. He co-founded Quantum Flytrap – an in-browser simulation & visualization of quantum mechanics. Piotr enjoys explaining complicated things in simple ways, ideally with interactive data visualizations. He develops livelossplot – a Python package for visualizing the training process in Jupyter Notebook, and Quantum Tensors – a TypeScript package for interactive quantum information and computing. https://p.migdal.pl / https://github.com/stared

My quantum journey by ‪Laura Mančinska

‬19:00 (GMT+3), Thursday, October 22, 2020 | organized by QLatvia
Moderators: Viktorija Laimane & Krista Petersone

From Laura:
“In this talk, I will share my professional journey into the strange world of quantum superposition and entanglement, where two friends, Alice and Bob, might even appear to have telepathic powers. It all began with a research seminar led by Prof. Rūsiņš Freivalds at the University of Latvia and continued with graduate studies and researcher appointments at various quantum computing centers across the globe. I will talk about what it takes to be a researcher and why I find the area of quantum computing particularly exciting. We will also see how simple games can be used to understand the power and limitations of quantum entanglement and even test proper functioning of quantum devices.”

About Laura:
Laura Mančinska is an Associate Professor at QMATH, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Her research falls within the area of quantum information and computing and she is particularly interested in the phenomenon of quantum entanglement and its applications. In her research she combines tools from different areas including complexity theory, optimization, and graph theory.  Before her current appointment at QMATH, Laura has held postdoctoral positions at the National University of Singapore and University of Bristol, UK. She holds a PhD in Quantum Information from the University of Waterloo, Canada.