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CEMSE Dean's Distinguished Lecture | Future Quantum Information Technologies

Start Date: January 27, 2016
End Date: January 27, 2016

​​By Professor Tommaso Calarco (University of Ulm, Germany)

The paradigm shift in computer science brought about by the recent developments in quantum technologies has now become a technological challenge rather than a pure theoretical concept. Indeed, quantum technologies involve the control and manipulation of quantum systems to achieve results not possible with classical matter.  Naively, they can be seen just as the next step on from nanotechnology while still following traditional paradigms. However, quantum technologies give much more than this as they transfer technological applications to a different physical framework where devices are described by quantum laws. All technologies derive their power and their limitations from the laws of physics. Thus, bringing technology to a new and broader physical framework can provide fundamentally new capabilities. And in fact, these quantum technologies offer much more than cramming more and more bits to silicon and multiplying the clock–speed of the ubiquitous microprocessors: they support entirely new modes of computation with qualitatively new and powerful algorithms based on quantum principles, that do not have any classical analogues; they also offer provably secure communications, simulation capabilities unattainable with classical processors and sensors and clocks with unprecedented sensitivity and accuracy. In this talk I will introduce the main applications of quantum information technologies and describe the current status of research progress.

Biography: Tommaso Calarco is Professor of Physics at the University of Ulm, Germany, where he is Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He is coordinator of several large European collaboration projects on Quantum Technologies and Chairman of the European Quantum Technologies Strategic Advisory Board.

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For more info contact: Dr. Aigars Ekers ; email:
Date:  Wednesday 27 Jan. 2016
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall I Room 2322
Light Lunch  will be served at 11:30