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The Challenges Of 2030: Quantum Computation – The Underlying Mathematics & Applications To Emerging Technologies With Dr Alexander Pitchford, Dr Rolf Gohm & Dr Jukka Kiukas From Aberystwyth University

23rd November 2020 @ 12:00 - 12:45



As part of Aberystwyth’s exciting The Challenges of 2030 series, Alexander Pitchford, Rolf Gohm, and Jukka Kiukas, from the Department of Mathematics at Aberystwyth University, introduce the mathematical principles of quantum computing, and discuss the impact of quantum information science on emerging technologies.

The rapid development of quantum information theory has fundamentally changed the concept of computing. While conventional computers work on information encoded in bits as two-state (0/1) choices, quantum computers use information units (qubits) with a much larger set of possible states. The “quantum advantage” over conventional computers lies exactly on this extension, the mathematical description of which goes beyond the Boolean logic underlying the conventional computation model, requiring a combination of algebraic structures and probability theory.

Currently, major technology companies, including Google and IBM, are investing in quantum computing, with the expectation that it will in the near future become a part of mainstream computing industry. Consequently, advanced mathematical skills will be an increasingly valuable asset in the job market of this area.

This webinar will introduce, in simple terms, the basic mathematical principles needed for understanding how quantum computing utilises the set of available computational states, the two main quantum features being superposition and quantum entanglement.

Current quantum technology applications will also be discussed. The audience will be able to participate and ask questions throughout the webinar.



The other events in The Challenges of 2030 series, which we are adding to, are (Please click):



Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Alexander Pitchford, Dr Rolf Gohm & Dr Jukka Kiukas

Suitable for: Year 10 to Year 13 students. The session will be suitable for those studying, or interested in studying, Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Engineering.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no specific preparation or pre-reading but we recommend that students consider and discuss some of the key issues as they perceive them and think of any questions they would like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.  If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



23rd November 2020
12:00 - 12:45
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