QSE Distinguished Quantum Lecture: John Martinis


Event details

Date 04.12.2023
Hour 17:0019:00
Speaker Prof. John Martinis
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) together with the Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (AQUA) are pleased to welcome Prof. John Martinis, an internationally renowned quantum scientist with pioneering contributions to physics and quantum technology, who will give the QSE Distinguished Quantum Lecture at EPFL, on December 4th in Auditorium CO 3.

17:00 - 18:00: “Building a Quantum Computer”, Prof. John Martinis
18:00 - 19:00: Meet & greet, apéro (same place, level 2 - corridor)

Nature allows the storage and manipulation of data in new and powerful ways using quantum mechanics.  I will explain the basic concepts behind the exponential power of this technology and how to build a quantum computer using superconductors.  I will show recent experimental data on a “quantum supremacy” experiment with 53 qubits:  the Sycamore processor takes about 200 seconds to run a quantum circuit a million times - the equivalent task for a state-of-the-art classical supercomputer would take approximately 10,000 years.  Finally, I will explain some of the future uses of quantum algorithms and what may be in store for the field in the next 10 years.

John Martinis did pioneering experiments in superconducting qubits in the mid 1980’s for his PhD thesis.  He has worked on a variety of low temperature device physics during his career, focusing on quantum computation since the late 1990s.  He was awarded the London Prize in Low temperature physics in 2014 for his work in this field. From 2014 to 2020 he worked at Google to build a useful quantum computer, culminating in a quantum supremacy experiment in 2019.  He was awarded the John Stewart Bell prize in 2021.

Registration highly recommended. A Zoom link will be available as well. Please register to receive this link.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (AQUA)


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