Quantum computing algorithms and physics use cases brought together

This workshop is the latest collaboration on quantum computing algorithms and unconventional physics use cases.

Organized by SURF, UM and Nikhef on the 20th of July.

With special thanks to University Maastricht, Technical University of Eindhoven, Leiden University, Technical University of Delft and CWI.
Quantum linear algebra algorithms

On Monday (20th June) we had a very enjoyable day in the “Quantum Computing for physics use cases” workshop in Utrecht. The workshop (organized by SURF, UM and Nikhef) offered the possibility to hear new and unconventional use cases but also the latest in quantum algorithms.

From the use cases side, very exciting developments on data processing in the LHCb experiment, ray tracing in atmospheric simulations, ray tracing for lens alignment and processing of gravitational waves analysis were presented to the group. From the algorithm side, there were very insightful presentations about QML, quantum algorithms for PDEs and quantum algorithms in linear algebra.

Matthias Möller, Delft University of Technology:

“I think that the workshop had a good mix of problem owners and quantum-algorithm developers. You don’t have these two communities at the same table at traditional quantum-computing conferences that often but I think that more workshops of this type are needed. I enjoyed seeing that different groups are also interested in quantum annealing which is slightly underrepresented in The Netherlands.

For me, personally, I got into contact with some groups that I did not know of but who do very interesting research work.

What might be an idea for the next editions is to extend the workshop to a full day with some more room for thematic discussions either plenary or in topic-specific break-out rooms.”

Davide Nicotra, Maastricht University (UM):

“In 1982, Richard Feynman sketched out the idea of using quantum mechanical systems to perform calculations. Quantum Computing took around 40 years to break through due to difficulties both on the theoretical/algorithmic side and on the hardware side.

Nowadays, quantum computing is inflating rapidly in every possible direction and, as a high-energy physicist, I am fascinated by the possible boost that this new technology could give to my field of research. This requires me to focus on the current challenges in high energy physics, looking for a way to tackle them by exploiting the peculiar features of quantum algorithms.

In this context, the workshop “Quantum Computing for physics use cases” managed to gather people with the same goal of using quantum computing to solve “real-world” problems. This was the sweet spot between a purely theoretical quantum computing workshop and a problem-specific technical meeting.

It was the perfect environment to share our ongoing projects and discuss them: I came back home with a lot of new tips and ideas, born during enjoyable discussions with the other participants. I clearly had the feeling of being part of a network of people pushed by converging interests and purposes.”

Mert Besken, UvA, Informatics Institute (IvI):

“For me the workshop was a place to see and interact with experts in the different disciplines that play a role in the problem I am trying to solve. I work on quantum algorithms that promise to take over classical ones in performing ray tracing for atmospheric simulations. This problem can be approached as an integral evaluation problem or an integro-differential equation solution problem. My focus has been on the former, but I got a chance to hear about differential equation solvers from experts in this field.

This inspired a new direction of research for me.”

We want to thank all the participants for such an exciting afternoon full of new knowledge, ideas and possible new collaborations. All the reasons to organize another such event soon.

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