Quantum Computing for High Energy Physics – Talk by Dr. Federico Carminati from CERN


Event details

Date 12.12.2019
Hour 13:1514:15
Speaker Federico Carminati is the Chief innovation officer of the CERN openlab. His goal is to investigate potential applications of machine learning and quantum computing for high-energy physics.

Federico obtained his master’s degree in physics at the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1981. He worked as a particle physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) before being hired by CERN in 1985. He first worked in the Organization’s division for data handling and was responsible for managing the CERN Program Library and the GEANT detector simulation program, the global-standard high-energy physics suite in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 1994 to 1998, Federico worked with Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia on the prototype design of a novel accelerator-driven nuclear-power device. From 1998 to 2013, he was the computing coordinator for ALICE, one of the four large experiments on the LHC. In 2013, Federico obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Nantes, France. From 2013 to 2017, he led the development of the new generation of code used to simulate particle transport at CERN.

Federico is also a group psychoanalyst and is certified in pet-assisted therapy. He is a member of the Charles Baudouin International Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Society for Multidisciplinary Psychoanalysis, both in Geneva, Switzerland
Category Conferences - Seminars
Title: Quantum Computing for High Energy Physics Applications

Abstract: With the commissioning of the upgraded LHC-HL machine, High Energy Physics will face a large shortage of computing resources that has been evaluated between a factor 10 and 100. It is therefore necessary to explore all avenues that can lead to an improvement of the performance of HEP software. Quantum Computing has the potential to offer unprecedented performances, but at the price of a fundamental rethinking of our algorithms and, to an extent, computing model. This talk will first introduce the principles of Quantum Computing. It will then present some possible avenues to exploit Quantum Computing for High Energy Physics research and will expand on the projects currently under way or in preparation in connection with the HEP physicist and the major technology providers. In particular we will expand on the areas where we see the greatest potential for “Quantum Dominance” and we will consider what could be the impact of Quantum Computing on the HEP computing model. We will also point out what are the possible usage outside the realm of HEP of the proposed techniques and applications.

Hosts: EPFL Quantum Computing Association

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  • General public
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  • EPFL Quantum Computing Association 


Quantum Computing CERN High Energy Physics Computer Simulations

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