16 October 2023
from 19:00 to 20:30
CANCELLED: Public Talk - "The Quantum Computing Revolution" by Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Dorit Aharonov.
Address / Location
Vereinshaus Scholastika | Großer Saal
Due to the current situation in Israel, we have to unfortunately postpone the public talk until further notice.
As MCQST Distinguished Lecturer, Prof. Dorit Aharonov is giving a series of talks targeted to varied audiences. This public talk is designed for anybody curious about quantum science -- even complete beginners!
The Quantum Computing Revolution
Dorit Aharonov - Hebrew University
Quantum computation is in the news; there is a lot of excitement, a long time promise for a technological revolution, and quite a bit of hype. In this introductory talk I will try to give my take on some basic questions: What are quantum computers, and why do they attract so much attention from industry and academics alike? What are those promising "exponential quantum algorithmic advantages" and what could we do with large quantum computers?
Finally, what are the main challenges that the quantum industry is facing, and when will it manage to fulfil its promise? During the talk, I hope to give a taste not only of the state of the art of this exciting technology, but also of the truly deep scientific ideas that underlie this fascinating subject.
About Dorit Aharonov
Dorit Aharonov is a Professor at the school of computer science and engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the CSO of QEDMA quantum computing. In her PhD, Aharonov proved the quantum fault tolerance theorem together with her advisor Ben-Or; this theorem is one of the main pillars of quantum computation today. She later contributed several pioneering works in a variety of areas, including quantum algorithms, specifically quantum walks. quantum adiabatic computation and topologically related algorithms; as well as Hamiltonian complexity, quantum cryptography and quantum verification. Much of her research can be viewed as creating a bridge between physics and computer science, attempting to study fundamental physics questions using computational language. Aharonov was educated at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem (BSc in Mathematics and Physics, PhD in Computer Science and Physics) and then continued to a postdoc at IAS Princeton (Mathematics) and UC Berkeley (Computer Science). She had joined the faculty of the computer science department of the Hebrew university of Jerusalem in 2001. In 2005 Aharonov was featured by the journal Nature as one of four theoreticians making waves in their chosen field; In 2006 she won the Krill prize, and in 2014 she was awarded the Michael Bruno award. In 2020 she joined forces with Dr. Asif Sinay and Prof. Netanel Lindner to co-found QEDMA quantum computing; In parallel, she continues to lead her quantum computation research group at Hebrew university.