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IEEE Quantum Education Summit 2019

The IEEE Quantum Initiative organized an educational summit on 6 November 2019 in San Mateo, California, USA, featuring speakers from industry and academia who shared prospects for advancing the field of quantum engineering and dealing with near- and long-term challenges, opportunities, and impacts. The Summit was held in conjunction with the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) and was part of IEEE Rebooting Computing Week 2019.

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Quantum Communications Networks

Satellite-Based Continuous-Variable Quantum Communications: State-of-the-Art and a Predictive Outlook
IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials - August 2019

The recent launch of the Micius quantum-enabled satellite heralds a major step forward for long-range quantum communication. Using single-photon discrete-variable quantum states, this exciting new development proves beyond any doubt that all of the quantum protocols previously deployed over limited ranges in terrestrial experiments can in fact be translated to global distances via the use of low-orbit satellites. In this paper we survey the imminent extension of space-based quantum communication to the continuous-variable regime-the quantum regime perhaps most closely related to classical wireless communications. The continuous variable regime offers the potential for increased communication performance, and represents the next major step forward for quantum communications and the development of the global quantum Internet.

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Computer - Special Issue on Quantum Realism

Computer - Special Issue on Quantum RealismThe June 2019 issue of Computer examines what has been accomplished in quantum computing, ideas that have been demonstrated, and where the path to the future lies. Access articles from this issue below.

EIC's Introduction: Exploring the Current State of Quantum Computing (Open Access)
Quantum Realism (Open Access)
A Hybrid Approach for Solving Optimization Problems on Small Quantum Computers
Really Small Shoe Boxes: On Realistic Quantum Resource Estimation
Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing
Reduction-Based Problem Mapping for Quantum Computing
Stochastic Optimization of Quantum Programs


2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting

2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting1-2 May 2019 | Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

We explored the latest advancements in quantum technologies at the 2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting in Gaithersburg.

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2018 IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper

IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper
IEEE Future Directions - August 2018

The IEEE Future Directions Committee has a long history of working with industry, academia and national laboratories to use its role as an impartial player to catalyze the development of important new technologies. The Committee brings together stakeholders for meetings in new areas of interest to the IEEE to determine where the Institute might make a contribution. Once the meeting has concluded, the Committee uses a summit output whitepaper to help it decide what technologies to incubate.

This whitepaper is the output of an IEEE Future Directions Quantum Computing Summit (QCS), held in Atlanta, GA, USA in August 2018. It was attended by 40 major players in quantum sciences from both the public and private sectors.

The summit chairs are Travis Humble and Erik DeBenedictis.

Download the white paper (PDF, 205 KB)


News Articles

Building a Quantum Computer From Off-the-Shelf Parts
IEEE Spectrum - January 2020

University of Chicago researchers develop stable and possibly scalable qubits by creating defects in commercial silicon wafers

A group of researchers at University of Chicago are pioneering a new technique for fabricating quantum bits by creating and manipulating small defects in commercially available silicon carbide wafers. The technique involves using an electron beam to create a deficiency in the wafer which behaves as a single electron spin. These electron structures can then be harnessed as possible quantum bits for quantum computation and communications.

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Quantum Dots Encode Vaccine History in the Skin
IEEE Spectrum - December 2019

Invisible to the eye, the dots glow under infrared light from modified smartphones

Small, semiconducting nanoparticles known as Quantum dots are currently being explored for a wide range of applications, including medical use.

Recently, a team of bioengineers at MIT has developed a way for recording one's vaccine history by embedding biocompatible quantum dots into the skin that are invisible to the eye, but can be detected under near-infrared light.

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IEEE Computer Society’s Top 12 Technology Trends for 2020
IEEE Computer Society - December 2019

Quantum Computing makes IEEE Computer Society's top 12 list of disruptive technology trends to watch for in 2020, along with AI@Edge, non-volatile memory products, and digital twins. In 2020, quantum demonstrations are projected to become even more compelling, while continuing to outperform standard supercomputers.

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Google's Quantum Tech Milestone Excites Scientists and Spurs Rivals
IEEE Spectrum - October 2019

Google's quantum supremacy demonstration is a grand physics experiment underwritten by Silicon Valley money

Google's quantum supremacy demonstration correctly performed a computational task in just 200 seconds on their "Sycamore" quantum computing device, whereas the same test computation would take days or even years on the world’s most powerful supercomputer. In this article, scientists share their viewpoints on this unique physics experiment.

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