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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

Here’s a Blueprint for a Practical Quantum Computer
IEEE Spectrum - March 2020

Constructing a universal quantum computer will be hard but not impossible

Building and controlling a quantum computer will be quite the engineering challenge, however, perhaps the biggest difficulty lies in making sure that the basic set of control signals do what they should do and that the qubits behave as expected.

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Honeywell’s Ion Trap Quantum Computer Makes Big Leap
IEEE Spectrum - March 2020

Superior qubits key to rapid increase in power

Honeywell is on track to release a quantum computer that utilizes ion qubits -- ions trapped in an electromagnetic field at the center of a chip where they act as qubits.

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Move Over, CMOS: Here Come Snapshots by Quantum Dots
IEEE Spectrum - February 2020

The CMOS image sensor has dominated cameras for nearly 20 years, but quantum dots may take its place

A revolution in imaging technology brought about by the quantum dot, a nanometer-size particle of semiconductor material, offers advantages over traditional CMOS image sensors, but several obstacles impede commercialization.

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New Cryptography Method Promising Perfect Secrecy Is Met With Skepticism
IEEE Spectrum - February 2020

An international team claims its perfect secrecy cryptography is made unbreakable by physics

New research claims to demonstrate a "perfect secrecy cryptography" system, the strongest security notion in cryptography, that can remain secure even against future quantum computers.

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