Quantum Computing training series connected international audiences with Canadian expertise

17 Aug2020

Last week, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) joined partners at TRIUMF, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (Germany) in celebrating the successful conclusion the Cornerstone Models for Quantum Computing series. The series, which comprised eight lectures and tutorials over four weeks, attracted international participation and engaged audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia.

Canada, and British Columbia (BC) in particular, are uniquely positioned to nurture and grow the field of quantum computing. With thriving computing and technology industries in Canada, in-depth training programs at the University of British Columbia and partner institutions in BC, and a growing network of highly qualified personnel ready to drive the industry forward, the series offered an opportunity to collaborate virtually across international borders and highlight Canada’s leadership in quantum computing research and development.

The series featured speakers, tutors, and industry representatives from across Canada, including SQBMI’s Robert Raussendorf, who presented two sessions on measurement-based quantum computing. Lectures and tutorials were hosted remotely, and focused on emerging trends in the field, including gate-model quantum computing, quantum annealing, measurement-based quantum computing, and continuous-variable quantum computing. Attendees also benefitted from unprecedented hands-on access to leading-edge hardware from two of Canada’s leading quantum computing companies, D-Wave and Xanadu.

We would like to thank our partners for a successful series, which connected participants from variety of academic fields with leading industry experts and innovators. We look forward to continuing to strengthen Canada’s quantum computing industry.

For more information about upcoming opportunities or future series, visit quantum-bc.ca.

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