The Quantum Pontiff

Postdocs, APS GQI quantum newsletter, Quantum computing in Waikiki, quantum chicanery, quantum foods.

  • Postdocs at NIST: National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateships at Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory
  • The fall newsletter for the APS Topical Group of Quantum Information, Concepts and Computation is available. Included is a report on a recent quantum computing conference in Iran, as well as statements from the people crazy enough to run the topical group officer positions. Wait, I’m one of those crazies? Doh.
  • For those of you quantum computing folks with monster travel budgets, there is a quantum computing conference in Honolulu, Hawaii (QWIKI’08) organized by Colin Williams:

    ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR PAPERS

    QUANTUM COMPUTING IN WAIKIKI (QWIKI’08)

    Honolulu, Hawaii, 18th-20th March 2008

    QWIKI’08 is a 3-day symposium within ICCES’08 the “International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering & Sciences” that aims to stimulate ideas on practical applications of quantum computers. Physicists, computer scientists, material scientists and computational biologists with an interest in quantum computing are encouraged to attend.

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    TOPICS
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    Abstracts (by ___15th December___) are solicited on topics such as:

    Quantum Phenomena:
    - Entanglement in bulk materials
    - Quantum effects in meta-materials
    - Domain formation in quantum systems

    Quantum Hardware:
    - General purpose quantum computers
    - Special purpose quantum simulators
    - Nanomaterial and nanodevice simulators

    Quantum Algorithms:
    - Quantum simulation
    - Quantum image, signal & data processing
    - Quantum numerical integration and differential equation solving

    Theory:
    - Theory of quantum simulation
    - Theory of quantum image processing
    - Using decoherence & noise constructively
    - Exploiting POVMs
    - Novel techniques in quantum algorithms
    - Specialized quantum architectures
    - Error avoidance, mitigation & correction

    Techniques:
    - Arbitrary state preparation
    - Quantum random walks
    - Fast quantum transforms

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    SUBMISSION
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    Submit a 1 page abstract, or an extended abstract (up to 6 pages), via the web at http://submission.techscience.com/icces08/login.asp by 15th December 2007 and email Colin.P.Williams[insert at symbol here]jpl.nasa.gov stating your desire to attend the QWIKI’08 symposium.

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    CONFERENCE / SYMPOSIA DETAILS & AUTHOR GUIDELINES
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    Conference/Symposia Details & Author Guidelines Available at: http://icces.org/

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    REGISTRATION FEE
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    Registration Fee: US$600 for each participant (+ US$200 for each accompanying person). QWIKI’08 attendees must register for the full ICCES’08 conference via the registration web-page at http://submission.techscience.com/icces08/login.asp. Registration gives you access to all the ICCES’08 sessions & symposia, a welcome reception, banquet, and refreshments.

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    SPECIAL RATE CONFERENCE HOTEL
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    A special rate of US$149 per night per room (book by 15th Dec to guarantee this rate) has been arranged with the conference hotel:

    Marriott Hotel Waikiki Beach and Spa
    2552 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii 96815 USA
    Phone: 1-808-922-6611 /Fax: 1-808-921-5255
    Toll-free: 1-800-367-5370
    website:
    http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/hnlmc-waikiki-beach-marriott-resort-and-spa/

  • Uncertain Chad asks for examples of Quantum Chicanery.
  • Nestle uses quantum theory to optimize food taste, texture, nutrition. Mmm, quantum cookies.

Comments

  1. #1 Ashley
    November 22, 2007

    Mmm, NIST cookies.

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    November 22, 2007

    “I say that those huge waves, covered with surfers, at Waikiki Beach are actually particles.”

    “No, I say that the waves are really waves.”

    “Sir, Ma’am, you’re both right. And here’s my formula for the number of qubits needed for a quantum computing robot that that surfs them…”

    “Say, isn’t that Garrett Lisi on a surfboard, with all those E8 mandalas on his wetsuit?”

    “No, it’s Dave Bacon. He figured out the ski/surf/skateboard Triality and is testing his theory even as we speak…”

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