Faculty, staff, students invited to Pittsburgh Quantum Institute event

The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute — a joint project of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University — will hold its signature annual event Sept. 13 to 15 at the University Club.

The colloquium-style event will cover a wide range of topics in quantum science and engineering by featuring prominent keynote lecturers and highlighting the current research of PQI members.

Faculty and staff who are members of PQI, as well as invited graduate students, staff and other faculty at Pitt, CMU, Duquesne and WVU, are encouraged to sign up and attend. Find a detailed schedule and registration information on the PQI website.

Three lectures, one each day, will be open to the general public:

  • Charles Tahan, assistant director for quantum information science and the director of the National Quantum Coordination Office within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will discuss “Quantum 2028” at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

  • Margaret Martonosi, assistant director for computer and information science and engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak about “Mind the Gap: Challenges and Opportunities in Closing the Algorithms-to-Devices Gap in Quantum Computing” at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 14.

  • Nicole Yunger Halpern, theoretical physicist at the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science at the University of Maryland, will discuss “Quantum Steampunk: The Physics of Yesterday’s Tomorrow” at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.

A one-day tutorial on Sept. 12, geared toward people in industry, will provide a foundation for professionals with an interest in quantum information science.  Attendees will learn the nine key concepts of quantum information science from Pitt and CMU faculty. 

Pitt is rapidly becoming an important hub in the quantum information science fields, according to the news release. The University recently started a new certificate program for students who want to learn about quantum computing.

In July, Adam Leibovich, associate dean for research and faculty development in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, was named to a three-year term as director of PQI. His research spans a variety of areas in theoretical physics.

PQI was founded in 2012 with the mission to help unify and promote quantum science and engineering in Pittsburgh.