On January 13th, 2019, the Quantum Technologies Platform will kick off a series of lectures and seminars on quantum computation. We will start with a half-day event that will provide a gentle introduction to the IBM-Q system, followed by a lecture on quantum computation with applications to quantum chemistry and molecular physics.

A tentative schedule of the event is as follows:

10:00-10:10Presentation
10:10-11:40Quantum chemistry and Physics applications of noisy near term quantum computers
Panagiotis Barkoutsos IBM-Zurich
Quantum chemistry is definitely one of the most promising application areas of near term quantum computers. The exponentially large Hilbert space of molecular systems can be efficiently mapped into the spin configuration space of available quantum computers offering a unique opportunity for the solution of interesting electronic structure problems with unprecedented accuracy. To achieve this goal, new quantum algorithms need to be develop that are able to best exploit the potential of quantum speed-up. While this effort should target the design of quantum algorithms for the future fault-tolerant quantum hardware, there is pressing need to develop algorithms, which can be implemented in present-day non-fault tolerant quantum hardware with limited coherence time. In this talk, I will try to address the approach we follow towards near term applications of quantum chemistry. Furthermore, I will extend the talk to other applications out the field of the electronic structure (e.g. protein folding, quantum machine learning) and try to give an overview of the different approaches that we follow.
11:40-12:30Discussion
Questions about the talk, followed by practical instructions on how to access the IBM-Q resources from CSIC, and discussion of further events and activities.
12:30-17:30Working group on quantum computing meeting
Brief talks and informal discusion from the PTI groups that are already working on practical applications and ideas on quantum computation.

The event will take place at CFMAC Conference Hall, at Serrano Street 121, Madrid 28006. However, to gauge the dimensions of the hall, participants must register with their name and email.