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09 Feb
PQI Seminar: Dr. Abraham Asfaw
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Topic

Research

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Residents & Fellows

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physics colloquia, PQI

University Unit
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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PQI Seminar: Dr. Abraham Asfaw

Why Engineers Should Care about Quantum Computing -- From Quantum Hardware to Programming
 

ABSTRACT:

This talk will attempt to answer the question, "Why Should Engineers Care about Quantum Computation." In the talk, I will lay out key concepts and potential uses of quantum computers in quantum simulation and computation. As part of the discussion, I will emphasize the urgency of building a quantum-ready workforce, highlighting the relevance of training in engineering for building the physical quantum computing systems and understanding their potential applications. I will not assume knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum computation, and will take a systems perspective on quantum systems. The talk is geared at senior undergraduates and graduate students, but should also be useful for earlier students and researchers who might want a review of the field of quantum computation and learn how to program a real quantum system.

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Abe Asfaw leads a global education and open science advocacy mission for IBM Quantum, where he has contributed to industry leading science communication efforts to help democratize the field of quantum computing such as the Qiskit Global Summer School, the Coding with Qiskit YouTube series, the Qiskit Open Source Textbook, and the IBM Quantum Challenge. His work focuses on building curriculum, software, educational materials, and interactive content that allow students and developers to leverage quantum computers over the cloud. Abe’s goal is to build diverse quantum communities all over the world, including his home country of Ethiopia, through open access to IBM’s real quantum systems.

Beyond IBM Quantum, Abe has contributed to the development of quantum education at the US national level by participating in several National Quantum Initiative efforts, such as the National Science Foundation's Key Concepts for Future Quantum Information Science Learners and the Q2Work Education Initiative.

Abe completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University focusing on experimental quantum computation, focusing on using electron spins as qubits in silicon and on the surface of superfluid helium.

Dial-In Information

Department members, see email for access.
Non-Department members, email paugrad@pitt.edu for access info or to be added to the weekly seminar mailing list.

Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Event

PQI Seminar: Dr. Abraham Asfaw

Why Engineers Should Care about Quantum Computing -- From Quantum Hardware to Programming
 

ABSTRACT:

This talk will attempt to answer the question, "Why Should Engineers Care about Quantum Computation." In the talk, I will lay out key concepts and potential uses of quantum computers in quantum simulation and computation. As part of the discussion, I will emphasize the urgency of building a quantum-ready workforce, highlighting the relevance of training in engineering for building the physical quantum computing systems and understanding their potential applications. I will not assume knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum computation, and will take a systems perspective on quantum systems. The talk is geared at senior undergraduates and graduate students, but should also be useful for earlier students and researchers who might want a review of the field of quantum computation and learn how to program a real quantum system.

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Abe Asfaw leads a global education and open science advocacy mission for IBM Quantum, where he has contributed to industry leading science communication efforts to help democratize the field of quantum computing such as the Qiskit Global Summer School, the Coding with Qiskit YouTube series, the Qiskit Open Source Textbook, and the IBM Quantum Challenge. His work focuses on building curriculum, software, educational materials, and interactive content that allow students and developers to leverage quantum computers over the cloud. Abe’s goal is to build diverse quantum communities all over the world, including his home country of Ethiopia, through open access to IBM’s real quantum systems.

Beyond IBM Quantum, Abe has contributed to the development of quantum education at the US national level by participating in several National Quantum Initiative efforts, such as the National Science Foundation's Key Concepts for Future Quantum Information Science Learners and the Q2Work Education Initiative.

Abe completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University focusing on experimental quantum computation, focusing on using electron spins as qubits in silicon and on the surface of superfluid helium.

Dial-In Information

Department members, see email for access.
Non-Department members, email paugrad@pitt.edu for access info or to be added to the weekly seminar mailing list.

Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Event

Topic

Research

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