At the Chicago Quantum Exchange in 2020: A Year in Review

New federal centers and institutes, advances in quantum science, 13 additional corporate partners, and new programs to prepare a quantum workforce

Chicago Quantum Summit highlights new U.S. quantum centers, economic opportunities

Leaders, government officials discuss next steps for advancing the field and support for quantum research

Chicago Quantum Exchange welcomes six new partners focused on advancing research, building a quantum economy

The leading quantum research hub expands to include more than 20 partners, including additional Chicago-based organizations

In new step toward quantum tech, scientists synthesize ‘bright’ quantum bits

Innovative step by UChicago, Northwestern scientists could boost computing, sensing

News

Quantum compiler co-created by Robert Rand named distinguished paper at POPL 21

Quantum compiler co-created by Robert Rand named distinguished paper at POPL 21

UChicago Department of Computer Science

January 21, 2021

A new compiler, which converts human-readable code to the explicit instructions that computing machinery, classical or quantum, need to operate, received one of seven Distinguished Paper awards this month at the 2021 Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL), one of the top conferences in programming languages research. VOQC, developed by UChicago CS assistant professor Robert Rand and collaborators at the University of Maryland, is the first verified quantum optimizer — a tool for rewriting programs to make them faster while guaranteeing that the program’s meaning is preserved.

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Pivotal discovery in quantum and classical information processing

Pivotal discovery in quantum and classical information processing

Argonne National Laboratory

January 13, 2021

Working with theorists in the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, researchers in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have achieved a scientific control that is a first of its kind. They demonstrated a novel approach that allows real-time control of the interactions between microwave photons and magnons, potentially leading to advances in electronic devices and quantum signal processing.

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Bill Fefferman receives NSF CAREER Award to find quantum computing’s icebreaker

Bill Fefferman receives NSF CAREER Award to find quantum computing’s icebreaker

UChicago Computer Science Department

December 30, 2020

Despite incredible promise, the quantum architectures available today remain limited in scale and handicapped by error and noise, falling short thus far of the killer app that would launch a new era of computing. With a new NSF CAREER Award, UChicago Computer Science Assistant Professor Bill Fefferman will pursue the theory and algorithms needed to leap this hurdle.

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Career Opportunities

IBM Postdoctoral Trainees

The CQE and IBM are providing opportunities to conduct leading-edge research at CQE member institutions (UChicago, Argonne, Fermilab, UIUC, UW-Madison, and Northwestern).

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology

This four-day program will aid participants in gaining an understanding of the basics of quantum information science (QIS). Particular attention will be focused on QIS applications, such as quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computing.

Program dates: April 26-29, 2021

Internships

The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with companies, national laboratories, and others to provide training opportunities for students and trainees that expose them to a broad array of experiences in industrial, academic, and government facilities.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Select Events

IQUIST Seminar: Saikat Guha

January 26, 2021
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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PME Distinguished Colloquium: Sergey Bravyi

January 27, 2021
University of Chicago

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The quantum revolution: designed atom by atom

February 2, 2021 
Northwestern University 

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IQUIST Seminar: Lijian Zhang

February 9, 2021 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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