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International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC)

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

The International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC) was established in 1990 to encourage and bring together scientists and engineers working in the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science and technology.

To date, thirteen such meetings have been held and the fourteenth is being organized by Quantum Science and Technologies Group (QST)Louisiana State University on March 12-16, 2018. QST group conducts research on atomic, molecular, and optical physics, the foundations of quantum mechanics, photonic band gap and meta materials, quantum information theory, quantum complexity theory, quantum error correction, quantum optics, optical quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum imaging, and relativistic quantum information theory. It collaborates with a number of university and industrial research groups around the world, and we receive financial support for our research from a number of sources.

Southwest Quantum Information and Technology

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

SQuInT is a consortium of universities, national labs, and industrial labs, with concentration in the southwestern United States. The SQuInT meeting has a strong tradition of mixing invited talks from world-class leading researchers with talks by junior researchers across the SQuInT network, to promote an interactive environment. The meeting brings together the broad community of researchers in Quantum Information Science, including experimental physicists, theorists, and computer scientists.

The 20th Annual SQuInT Workshop is being organized by the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). The CQuIC is a research center co-located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Research at CQuIC is focused on on quantum information and computation, quantum control and measurement, quantum metrology, and quantum optics and communication, and they have extensive theoretical and experimental research programs in all these areas

    Workshop on 2D Quantum Metamaterials

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 8 January 2018

    The workshop on 2D Quantum Metamaterials is dedicated to the commonalities between fabrication, theoretical prediction, and alternative approaches to tunable quantum materials, including cold-atom realizations. Theoretical efforts served by this new simulation platform include Hubbard model systems, design of 2D materials, and other exotic materials.

    The workshop will be organized around:

    1. all-invited talks by leading researchers

    2. breakout sessions for discussions and future plan

    3. published Workshop Summary Report

     

    Quantum Leaps

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 8 January 2018

    Quantum is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for quantum science and related fields. Quantum is launching a pilot outreach project, Quantum Leaps, where scientists write a rigorous and accessible popular science version of a research paper, which are then reviewed by school students, under the supervision of a researcher. The goals of this project are three-fold:

    1. Teach the process of peer review to school students by direct experience;

    2. Get students interested in the science of quantum computing and information; and

    3. Provide a venue for researchers to showcase effective science communication in quantum sciences.

    After peer review, the best articles will be published in Quantum Views, and the reviewers will be invited to give a talk about the experience. This project is inspired by Frontiers for Young Minds, which implements the same idea in fields such as biology, psychology and space science. Quantum Leaps is coordinated by Chris Ferrie and Lídia del Rio.

    Quantum Decision Theory Workshop 2018

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 20 December 2017

    The goal of this two-day workshop is to bring together decision/game theorists and physicists to find a common language in discussing uncertainty. It is organized by the Game Theory Group of the University of Pécs. There will be dominantly invited talks by quantum information scientists and game theorists. Contributed posters are welcome.​

    Registration deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
    Submission deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

    Secure Quantum Communications School

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 14 December 2017

    The 1st "Secure Quantum Communications (SQC)" School is funded and organised by the European Innovative Training Network "Quantum Communications for All (QCall)". QCALL is a European Innovative Training Network that endeavours to take the next necessary steps to bring the developing quantum technologies closer to the doorsteps of end users. QCALL empowers a nucleus of 15 doctoral researchers in this area to provide secure communications in the European continent and, in the long run, to its connections worldwide. QCALL offers research work packages and training activities in the form of Schools and Workshops. 

    Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network: Building "Triplets" to Bridge Academia and Industry

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 13 December 2017

    Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET) is housed at the Chicago Quantum Exchange, an intellectual hub and partnership for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. QISE-NET is built "Triplets" to Bridge Academia and Industry which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation within the “Quantum Leap” and “Growing Convergent Research” Big Ideas. TRIPLETS program offers excellent opportunities for graduate students in all areas of quantum information science and engineering.

     

    Prof. Daniel Lambrecht is a winner of the ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 4 December 2017

    Congratulations to Daniel Lambrecht, professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, the winner of the ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry!

    The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award program provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members to present their work in COMP poster session at the Spring 2018 New Orleans, LA ACS National Meeting. The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community. Award certificates and $1,000 prizes will be presented at the COMP Poster session. Applications for Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards are invited from all current tenure-track junior (untenured) faculty who are members of ACS and the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry.  Selection criteria included the novelty and importance of the work to be presented, CV of the applicant, as well as the level of departmental support as indicated by the applicant's department Chair or Chair designee. 

     

    Chandralekha Singh has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow!

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 30 November 2017

    Congratulations to Chandralekha Singh, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, for being named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

    The AAAS has named two more Pitt researchers as 2017 fellows. Karen M. Arndt, professor in the Department of Biological Science and Astronomy and Rory Cooper, professor and founding director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories. They were among the 396 individuals recognized for accomplishments nationwide. The fellows join a cohort that includes groundbreaking scientists such as inventor Thomas Edison, anthropologist Margaret Mead and biologist James Watson.

    Left to right: Karen M. Arndt, Rory Cooper and Chandralekha Singh 

    Science2017 Poster Award Winners

    • By Leena Aggarwal
    • 15 November 2017

    Congratulations to the Science2017 Poster Award Winners!

    Jierui Liang (Fullerton group, SSOE Chemical and Petroleum Engineering) won the grand prize award ($1,000 travel award plus an iPad).

    Minh Nguyen Vo (Johnson Group, SSOE Chemical and Petroleum Engineering), Olivia Lanes (Hatridge Group, Pitt Physics), Scott Crawford (Millstone Group, Pitt Chemistry), Maxwell Li (Sokalski Group CMU Materials Science and Engineering), Zeeshan Ahmad (Viswanathan Group, CMU Mechanical Engineering) won the poster awards ($1,000 travel award plus Echo Dot).

    Megan Kirkendall Briggeman (Levy Lab, Pitt Physics), Amy Carlson (Evanseck Group, Duquesne Chemistry and Biochemistry), David Myers (Snoke Group, Pitt Physics) won the veteran awards (choice of Amazon Echo Spot/Echo or Google Home mini).

    PQI undergraduate students Jessica Montone (Levy Lab) and Joe Albro (Levy Lab) presented a poster at the undergraduate session of Science2017.

    Also, special thanks to the poster judges for participating in this event. 

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