Quantum Computing

Bad Honnef Physics School

14 Aug - 19 Aug 2022


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Andris Ambainis, University of Latvia • Prof. Dr. David Gross, University of Cologne • Prof. Dr. Michael Walter, Ruhr University Bochum

This school will give an introduction to the theory of quantum computing. Quantum computing combines quantum physics and computer science into a new computing paradigm that promises to be fundamentally more powerful than any ordinary classical computer. It is currently a major focus of university departments, leading technology corporations, and nation states - driven by the discovery of novel quantum algorithms and promising progress on quantum hardware.

The school's lectures will be given by international experts at the forefront of quantum computing research. We will start by introducing the mathematical model of quantum computers and fundamental concepts of computer science. Based on this, the school will give a panorama of important algorithms and state-of-the-art applications of quantum computing - ranging from quantum simulation to optimization. Further topics include quantum fault-tolerance, which is crucial for realizing quantum software on noisy hardware. In the past few years, the field has seen the emergence of quantum programming frameworks; these will be introduced with hands-on tutorials, giving further opportunity for algorithmic practice. In addition, participants will get a high-level overview of the state of quantum computing hardware from a prominent experimental expert.

The school will include a networking event for women in quantum technologies, an evening discussion on quantum computing in industry, and an excursion to the quantum computing labs of the ML4Q collaboration.

Throughout the week, participants will also have the opportunity to present their research and to interact with the expert lecturers in an informal way.

Owing to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the field, the school will be accessible to participants with a background in physics, computer science, or related disciplines. The target group of the school are Master & PhD students as well as starting postdocs.