PQI2020

PQI 2020/21 GSR Award Winners

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 30 June 2020

Congratulations to the 2020/2021 PQI Graduate Student Research Award Winners!!

Xiaowei Bogetti (Saxena Group, Chemistry), Supriya Ghosh (Waldeck Group, Chemistry), Xun Li (Lee Group, MechE), Zehan Li (Liu Group, Physics), Aditi Nethwewala (Levy Group, Physics), and Timothy Yang (Saidi Group, MechE) each won one term of graduate funding for the year 2020/2021.

PQI2020 Public Lecture: Quantum Computational Supremacy and Its Applications

Speaker(s): 
Scott Aaronson
Dates: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:30pm

Dr. Scott J. Aaronson, David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, will give the PQI2020 Public Lecture.

Last fall, a team at Google announced the first-ever demonstration of "quantum computational supremacy"---that is, a clear quantum speedup over a classical computer for some task---using a 53-qubit programmable superconducting chip called Sycamore.  In addition to engineering, Google's accomplishment built on a decade of research in quantum complexity theory.  This talk will discuss questions like: what exactly was the contrived...

PQI2020 Week 8: Quantum Chemistry

Speaker(s): 
So Hirata, Rongchao Jin
Dates: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 3:30pm

Rongchao Jin, CMU, “Quantum-Sized Metal Nanoclusters”

So Hirata, UIUC, “Numerical Evidence Invalidating Textbook Finite-Temperature Perturbation Theory”

The format is a plenary talk from our invited speaker (40 min, including questions) accompanied with a shorter talk (20 min, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

The link to the YouTube livestream will be updated here shortly.

PQI2020 Week 7: Quantum Materials

Speaker(s): 
Chris Van de Walle, Linda Peteanu
Dates: 
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 3:30pm

Linda Peteanu, CMU, “TBD” 

Chris Van de Walle, UCSB, “Modeling Point Defects for Quantum Information Science”

The format is a plenary talk from our invited speaker (40 min, including questions) accompanied with a shorter talk (20 min, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

The link to the YouTube livestream will be updated here shortly.

PQI2020 Week 6: Quantum X

Speaker(s): 
Daniel Stamper-Kurn, Andrew Daley, Tom Purdy
Dates: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:30pm

Andrew Daley, University of Strathclyde, “Reaching practical quantum advantage in quantum simulation” 

Daniel Stamper-Kurn, UC Berkeley, “TBD”

Tom Purdy, UPitt, “TBD”

The format is a plenary talk from our invited speaker (40 min, including questions), sandwiched between two shorter talks (20 min each, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

The link to the YouTube livestream will be updated here shortly.

PQI2020 Week 2: Quantum Computing

This weeks focus is on quantum computing and we are pleased to be joined by invited speaker Fred Chong from the University of Chicago.

Sridhar Tayur (CMU) “Quantum Integer Programming (QuIP)”

Fred Chong (University of Chicago) “Closing the Gap between Quantum Algorithms and Machines with Hardware-Software Co-Design”

Ryan O’Donnell (CMU) “Quantum Learning for Quantum Data”

PQI2020 Week 5: Quantum Materials

Speaker(s): 
Xiaodong Xu, Jimmy Zhu, Nathan Youngblood
Dates: 
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 3:30pm

Jimmy Zhu, CMU, “Field Free Spin Hall Switching of Perpendicular MTJs”

Xiaodong Xu, University of Washington, “2D Magnets and Heterostructures”

Nathan Youngblood, UPitt, “Highly parallel in-memory computing with phase-change photonics”

The format is a plenary talk from our invited speaker (40 min, including questions), sandwiched between two shorter talks (20 min each, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

The link to the YouTube livestream will be updated here shortly.

PQI2020 Week 4: Quantum Computing

Speaker(s): 
Yang Wang, Shiwei Zhang
Dates: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 3:30pm

Yang Wang, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, “Ab initio electronic structure calculation at the dawn of exascale computing”
Shiwei Zhang, Flatiron Institute and College of William & Mary, “Towards the solution of the many-electron problem: ground-state properties of the hydrogen chain from ab initio computation"”

The format is a plenary talk from our outside speaker (40 min, including questions) following a talk (20 min, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

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PQI2020 Week 3: Quantum Chemistry

Speaker(s): 
Olexandr Isayev, Heather Kulik, Peng Liu
Dates: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 3:30pm

Olexandr Isayev, CMU, “Supercharging quantum mechanics with artificial intelligence (AI)”

Heather Kulik, MIT, “Molecular design blueprints: new simulation and machine learning tools for inorganic discovery”

Peng Liu, Pitt, “Using Energy Decomposition Analysis to Guide Rational Catalyst Design”

The format is a plenary talk from our outside speaker (40 min, including questions), sandwiched between two shorter talks (20 min each, including questions) from our PQI membership. This is a format that is modeled after the previous PQI20XX events. 

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