Two Important Quantum Announcements!

I am very happy to announce two quantum events. First, I would like to announce a course “Computation, quantization, symplectic geometry, and information” in the first 2019/2020 semester  at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). The course will by on Sundays 14:00-16:00. Second, I would also like to announce The 4th Advanced School in Computer Science and Engineering on The Mathematics of Quantum Computation  on December 15 – December 19, 2019, at IIAS HUJI.

Emmy Noether (left) Grete Hermann (right)

A quantum “Kazhdan’s seminar” at HUJI: Computation, quantization, symplectic geometry, and information.

“In the fall of 2019 Dorit Aharonov, Gil Kalai, Guy Kindler and Leonid Polterovich intend to run a new one semester course (as a Kazhdan seminar) attempting to connect questions about noise and complexity in quantum computation, with ideas and methods about “classical-quantum correspondence”.that are well studied in symplectic geometry. The course will be highly research-oriented, and will attempt to teach the basics in both areas, and define and clarify the interesting research questions related to the connections between these areas, with the hope that this will lead to interesting insights.  The course is oriented to grad students (and faculty), with reasonable background in mathematics, and with interest in the connections between mathematical and computational aspects of quantum mechanics. (See below for a full description.)”

The course will by on Sundays 14:00-16:00 in Ross building.

See also the post  Symplectic Geometry, Quantization, and Quantum Noise from January 2013. (The seminar was initially planned to 2014 but some bumps in the road delayed it to 2019.)

A winter school at IIAS: The Mathematics of Quantum Computation

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The Mathematics of Quantum Computation
The 4th Advanced School in Computer Science and Engineering
Event date: December 15 – December 19, 2019

“We will be organizing a math-oriented quantum computation school in the IIAS at the Hebrew university. No prior knowledge on quantum will be assumed.  The school will introduce TCS and math students and faculty, who are interested in the more mathematical side of the area, to the beautiful and fascinating mathematical open questions in quantum computation, starting from scratch. We hope to reach a point where participants gain initial tools and basic perspective to start working in this area. (See below for a full description.)

Organizers: Dorit Aharonov, Zvika Brakerski, Or Sattath, Amnon Ta-Shma,

Main (confirmed) Speakers: Sergey Bravyi, Matthias Christandl, Sandy Irani, Avishay Tal, Thomas Vidick, (1-2 additional speakers may be added later).

Additional (confirmed) lectures will be given by: Dorit Aharonov,  Zvika Brakerski,  and/ Or Sattath. (1-2 additional speakers may be added later).”

The Isreali Institute of Advanced Study hosted already a 2014 school about quantum information as part of its legendary physics series of schools, and also hosted QSTART in 2013.

More details

Kazhdan’s seminar: Computation, quantization, symplectic geometry, and information.

In the fall of 2019 Aharonov, Kalai, Kindler and Polterovich intend to run a new
one semester course (as a Kazhdan seminar) attempting to connect questions about noise and complexity in quantum computation, with ideas and methods about “classical-quantum correspondence”.that are well studied in symplectic geometry. The course will be
highly research-oriented, and will attempt to teach the basics in both areas, and define and clarify the interesting research questions related to the connections between these areas, with the hope that this will lead to interesting insights.

The course is oriented to grad students (and faculty), with reasonable background in mathematics, and with interest in the connections between mathematical and computational aspects of quantum mechanics. Students who attend it will be awarded two N”Z after passing an exam. The goal of the course is to initiate and lead to new connections between the seemingly unrelated areas of quantum computation and symplectic geometry.

The topics will include:

– Introduction to quantum computation, quantum universality, quantum algorithms
and quantum computational complexity classes such as BQP and Quantum NP (QMA)

– quantum measurement and quantum noise explained using the standard quantum computational model.

– questions about quantum error correction and quantum noise – fault tolerance,
quantum error correcting codes, and the breakdown of robustness when the locality of
the noise does not hold.

– quantum measurement/quantum information (noise and speed limit) having classical counterparts, studied from the symplectic geometry perspective.

– Konsevich theorem and quantization,

– towards a the semi classical approximation of quantum computers.

Examples of questions we would like to initiate research on are:

1) what would be a semi classical model of quantum computation, and what would be
its computational power?

2) what is a good notion of complexity in a symplextic geometry computational model?

3) What can we learn from basic symplectic geometry results (such as non squeezing)
about the limitations on quantum computation in the semi classical limit?

4) Can noise in quantum computation be related in any way with the semi classical limit
of quantum computing systems?

5) can we learn anything about the possible noise models in quantum computers,
using our knowledge from symplectic geometry?

Hope to see you in the course!

The Mathematics of Quantum Computation -The 4th Advanced School in Computer Science and Engineering

On 15-19 December 2019, we will be organizing a math-oriented quantum computation school in the IIAS at the Hebrew university. No prior knowledge on quantum will be assumed.  The school will introduce TCS and math students and faculty, who are interested in the more mathematical side of the area, to the beautiful and fascinating mathematical open questions in quantum computation, starting from scratch. We hope to reach a point where participants gain initial tools and basic perspective to start working in this area.

To achieve this, we will have several mini-courses, each of two or three hours, about central topics in the area.   These will include quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, quantum supremacy, delegation and verification, interactive proofs, cryptography, and Hamiltonian complexity. We will emphasize concepts, open questions, and links to mathematics. We will have daily TA sessions with hands-on exercises, to allow for a serious process of learning.

There will be two rounds of registration. The first deadline is 23rd of August. If there is room, there will be another deadline sometime in October; please follow this page for further announcements.

Hope to see you this coming December!

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8 Responses to Two Important Quantum Announcements!

  1. Sonny Ben-Shimon says:

    Will the lectures be recorded?

    • Gil Kalai says:

      Dear Sonny, I suppose that the winter school lectures will be recorded. (There are playlists for the videotaped of the QSTART meeting and the winter school on quantum information. The Kazhdam seminar will probably not be recorded.

  2. aditya says:

    Dear Prof. Kalai, i am actually a postdoc in physics at HUJI. I assume the Kazhdan seminar is open to anyone who is interested, or do I have to register officially for it somewhere ?

  3. adityaguharoy says:

    Are international students (such as me from India — a final year undergraduate student studying Bachelor of Statistics at Indian Statistical Institute) allowed to attend it ?

  4. Gil Kalai says:

    International students are certainly encouraged to apply, and the application form ask to specify the candidate’s academic status.

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