Introduction to quantum computation and simulability

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Dates: October 15-19, 2018


  • Leandro Aolita (IF-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro & ICTP/SAIFR, São Paulo)
  • Daniel J. Brod (UFF, Niterói)
  • Ernesto F. Galvão (UFF, Niterói)

Place:  Room 3


In this minicourse, we will introduce the essentials of the fascinating field of quantum computation and its (classical) simulability. The scope of the course will be self-contained. We will start from a general overview of the basics of quantum information, but will progress towards more advanced topics requiring a higher level of mathematical abstraction. In particular, we intend to address current research topics, including: approaches to the demonstration of quantum computational supremacy; useful and reliable quantum simulators; verification of quantum computations; connections with machine learning, etc.

The course is aimed at graduate students (or advanced undergrads) of all areas of physics, computer science, and mathematics. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is required and will be assumed. Even so, motivated mathematicians and computer scientists with no prior knowledge of quantum mechanics are also welcome, provided they read chapters 1 and 2 of the book “Quantum computer science”, by N. David Mermin (Cambridge University Press), as a preparation for the course.

The online application will be available soon.