Why Engineers Should Care about Quantum Computing -- From Quantum Hardware to Programming

Who: Abraham Asfaw, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:00am

This talk will attempt to answer the question, "Why Should Engineers Care about Quantum Computation." In the talk, I will lay out key concepts and potential uses of quantum computers in quantum simulation and computation. As part of the discussion, I will emphasize the urgency of building a quantum-ready workforce, highlighting the relevance of training in engineering for building the physical quantum computing systems and understanding their potential applications. I will not assume knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum computation, and will take a systems perspective on quantum systems. The talk is geared at senior undergraduates and graduate students, but should also be useful for earlier students and researchers who might want a review of the field of quantum computation and learn how to program a real quantum system.