Welcome to QWorld’s webinar series 🙂

In our webinars, we focus on scientific and popular topics and inspiring stories mostly from the quantum world and sometimes from the world.

Contact: qwebinar [at] qworld.lu.lv

Our 7th QWebinar

Careers opportunities in quantum technologies | 17:00 (UTC), Thursday, November 26, 2020
by Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez (Founder and CEO of QURECA Ltd.)

Moderators: Ă–zlem Salehi (QWorld&QTurkey) and Jibran Rashid (QPakistan)
Organizers: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QWorld) and Agnieszka Wolska (QWorld)

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From Araceli:

“I will introduce an overview of quantum technologies worldwide, from the funding of the field to some examples of real use cases. Then I will focus on career opportunities for people who want to be involved in the field of quantum technologies, and how at QURECA we support anyone who wants to join the quantum revolution.”

About Araceli:

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez spent several years working for Airbus in Germany and France as an aerospace engineer, before falling in love with quantum mechanics. She then decided to follow her passion for physics, and moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in quantum simulation at the University of Strathclyde. Following discussions with the different quantum stakeholders she had over the last years, Araceli identified the need to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, as well as to raise the quantum awareness to the general public. Continuing her work on outreach advocating quantum technologies, she was named the “quantum ambassador”, after winning the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting fellowship in 2019. Araceli founded her own company called QURECA (Quantum Resources and Careers) to create a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, and to generate global opportunities with quantum technologies. QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck: the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.

Our 6th QWebinar

Growing the open source quantum software community | 19:00 (UTC), Monday, November 23, 2020
by Dr. Sarah Kaiser (from Unitary Fund)

Moderators: Ă–zlem Salehi (QWorld&QTurkey) and Maksims Dimitrijevs (QWorld&QLatvia)
Organizers: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QWorld) and Agnieszka Wolska (QWorld)

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From Sarah:

“When we are developing new technology, it is our communities that develop and drive us further than any individual effort could. We have lots of examples of how communities have helped shape other technologies and in particular open source software projects and people that now underpin much of our current software ecosystems. I want to share with you my journey from academia working as an open source quantum developer at the Unitary Fund, what I have learned about the role that open source software has to play in developing quantum technologies, and how you can help grow our quantum community đź’–”

About Sarah:

Dr. Sarah Kaiser is a quantum technologist and has spent much of her career developing new quantum hardware in the lab. From satellites to hacking quantum cryptography hardware, communicating what is so exciting about quantum is her passion and she loves building new demos and tools to help enable the quantum open source community to grow. When not at the keyboard she loves kayaking, laser cutting everything (safe), and writing books about engineering for kids and adults alike.

Our 5th QWebinar

Q&A session with Scott Aaronson on quantum computing from the 80s to 20s
18:00 (CEST), July 15, 2020

Moderators: Andris Ambainis (QLatvia) and Zoltán Zimborás (QHungary)
Organizers: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QLatvia) and Agnieszka Wolska (QLatvia)

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About Scott:

Scott Aaronson is David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor’s from Cornell University and his PhD from UC Berkeley. Before coming to UT Austin, he spent nine years as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Aaronson’s research in theoretical computer science has focused mainly on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers. His first book, Quantum Computing Since Democritus, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He received the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, and the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics.

Our 4th QWebinar

Quantum Machine Learning and PennyLane | 18:00 (CEST), June 17, 2020
by Maria Schuld (Xanadu and University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Moderators: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QLatvia) and Ayşin Taşdelen (QTurkey)
Organizers: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QLatvia) and Agnieszka Wolska (QLatvia)

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From Maria:

Algorithms that run on quantum computers – so-called quantum circuits – underlie different laws of information processing than conventional computations. By optimizing the physical parameters of quantum circuits we can use them like neural networks, and train circuits to generalize from data. This talk highlights different aspects of such “variational quantum machine learning algorithms”, including their role in the development of near-term quantum technologies, their interpretation as a cross-breed of neural networks and support vector machines, and strategies of fitting the quantum model to data. As a practical implementation, I will show how to use the open-source software framework “PennyLane” to integrate quantum circuits with machine learning libraries such as PyTorch and Tensorflow.

About Maria:

Maria Schuld works as a researcher for the Toronto-based quantum computing start-up Xanadu, as well as for the Big Data and Informatics Flagship of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
She received her PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2017 for her work on the intersection of quantum computing and machine learning, which was published as the book “Supervised Learning with Quantum Computers” (Springer, 2018, co-authored by F. Petruccione). Besides her physics background Maria has a postgraduate degree in political science, and a keen interest in the interplay of emerging technologies and society.

Previous QWebinars

June 03, 2020 | Ronald de Wolf
The Potential Impact of Quantum Computers on Society

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May 13, 2020 | Nathan Shammah
My personal quantum software story: QuTiP and Unitary Fund
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April 29, 2020 | Paweł Gora
Introduction to Quantum Computing

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