Quantum Information Science for Professionals

Venue: CMU Tepper School of Business

Date: 12 September, 2022

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Purpose: This one-day tutorial will provide a foundation for professionals with an interest in Quantum 
Information Science

Level: Executive Education (for managers with a STEM-based undergraduate degree)

Attendees will learn:

  • Why quantum information science is a priority for the US, China & the European Union
  • Nine Key Concepts of Quantum Information Science: what it is, what a quantum state is, how a qubit represents information and is encoded, what entanglement is, why quantum coherence is essential but still challenging, and the three primary applications: quantum computing, communication, and sensing
  • What advantages quantum sensing may provide and what the key challenges are
  • What advantages quantum communication may provide, and what the key challenges are
  • What advantages quantum computing may provide, and what the key challenges are
  • What are some of the leading quantum computing algorithms, and where are they useful

First 25 Registrants Will Receive

“Quantum Steampunk, written by one of the most gifted quantum theorists of her generation, is a must-read. It is filled with poetic illuminations of quantum mysteries and storytelling so captivating that I could not stop reading. This book will be a classic.” -Stephon Alexander, President of the National Society of Black Physicists

“Like any good quantum system, this book is complex, entangled, and unpredictable. Yunger Halpern provides an expert tour of the bustling new research frontier at the intersection of physics, information, and technology, complete with goggles and brass fittings.” -Sean M. Carroll, New York Times-bestselling author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

“With whimsy and flair, Yunger Halpern explores what happens when we fuse the physics of steam engines and the mathematics of information flow with the latest advances in quantum theory. The result: a scintillating view of nature and a preview of fantastic technological possibilities.” -David Kaiser, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

 Dr. Yunger Halpern will present "Quantum Steampunk: The physics of yesterday’s tomorrow" on September 15, and will sign copies of those in attendance.


8:30AM-9:30AM - Continental Breakfast & Registration

9:30AM-10:00AM - Orientation and Introductions – Rob Cunningham

  • Why quantum? Motivation for the area 
  • Government, academic, and business areas of interest

10:00AM-11:00AM - Introduction to Quantum Information Science I – Tom Purdy

  • Key concepts of Quantum Information Science

11:00AM- 11:15AM - Break

11:15AM- 11:45AM - Introduction to Quantum Information Science II – Tom Purdy

  • Active Quantum Sensing Research Topics

11:45AM-12:15PM - Introduction to Quantum Computing I – Michael Hatridge

  • Gate-based quantum computing systems

12:15PM- 1:15PM - Lunch

1:15PM- 2:15PM - Introduction to Quantum Computing II – Michael Hatridge

  • Practical issues: gates, error correction, measurement and scaling
  • Quantum computing algorithm overview
  • Active research topics

2:15PM- 3:15PM - Introduction to Quantum Communication – Kaushik Seshadreesan

  • Entanglement, applications, and quantum key distribution.
  • Practical issues: repeaters, sources and other engineering challenges
  • Active research topics

3:15PM- 3:30PM - Break

3:30PM- 4:30PM - Introduction to Quantum-Inspired Algorithms – Sridhar Tayur

  • Algorithms based on Ising solvers (GAMA)
  • Practical issues and today’s simulation environments
  • Active research topics and business opportunities

4:30PM- 4:45PM - Session Wrap up

The three-day PQI 2022 event will follow. Public lectures are scheduled for Dr. Charlie Tahan 
(Director of the White House National Quantum Coordination Office), by Dr. Margaret Martonosi 
(Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at NSF), and by Dr. Nicole Yunger 
Halpern of NIST and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, among others.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Robert Cunningham is the Deputy Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, and the Vice 
Chancellor for Research Infrastructure at the University of Pittsburgh. He has two decades of 
experience leading large-scale research organizations at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, CMU, and at 
UMD’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences, hiring and developing diverse teams, leading research and 
developing and teaching STEM-focused educational programs. His mentorship skills earned him an 
MIT Excellence Award for “Bringing Out the Best”. In the area of Quantum Information Science, he 
served as the co-chair for the US Government’s subcommittee on Economic and Security Implications 
of Quantum Science, helped develop US Policy, and briefed congress on this and other matters.

Dr. Michael Hatridge is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. He received 
his B.S. from Texas A&M University and Ph. D. from U.C. Berkeley under the supervision of John 
Clarke. His work focuses on the use of parametric drives to generate quantum controls, including 
single- and multi-qubit gates and engineered baths, as well as superconducting quantum circuits, 
including quantum-limited parametric amplifiers and modular quantum computers. He is a recipient of 
the Michelson postdoctoral fellowship, the NSF Career Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and the 
University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s distinguished research award.

Dr. Thomas Purdy is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. He received 
his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley under the supervision of Dan 
Stamper-Kurn. He was an NRC postdoctoral researcher at NIST and JILA before working as a staff 
scientist at NIST developing quantum optomechanical systems for metrology. His current research 
focuses on applications of optomechanical systems and other transducers for quantum information, 
sensing, and explorations of fundamental physics.

Dr. Kaushik Seshadreesan is an Assistant Professor of Informatics and Networked Systems at the 
University of Pittsburgh. He received his B.E. and M.Sc. from Birla Institute of Technology and 
Science Pilani, India, and PhD from Louisiana State University under the supervision of Jonathan 
Dowling. He has held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and 
the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Kaushik’s research broadly lies in 
quantum information science and technologies, spanning quantum information theory, quantum 
sensing, quantum communications, and quantum computation.

Dr. Sridhar Tayur is the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and University Professor of Operations 
Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He received his PhD from 
Cornell University and his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at 
Madras. He was founder and CEO of SmartOps (acquired by SAP in 2013) and created the field of 
Quantum Integer Programming (in 2018). He is an INFORMS Fellow, a Distinguished Fellow of 
MSOM Society and has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)