Conference Stories

23rd Annual Conference on Quantum Information Processing

January 06-10, 2020, Shenzhen, China

As a Computer Science student who loves conducting research, I have long been hoping for an opportunity to push the frontier of human knowledge by finding and sharing solutions to questions that will have a real impact on our lives. By taking the Quantum Computing: Theory and Practice course offered by the Computer Science department, I was able to get to know and then dive deeper into the field. Under the direction of Prof. Lior Horesh, my SEAS classmate Shaokai Lin and I expanded the work we did for the final project of the course and were able to compose a technical manuscript. After submitting the manuscript to 23rd Annual Conference on Quantum Information Processing (QIP 2020), we were very glad to learn that our submission was accepted as a poster.

QIP 2020 is the first quantum information science conference I attended. During the conference I met researchers working on the same subfield (quantum communication protocols) and found discussing each other’s research is instrumental in helping us come up with new ideas about the future of our project. I also had the chance of talking to researchers in various stages of their careers (e.g. PhD student, postdoc, professor, etc.) coming from a variety of subfields within quantum (e.g. quantum algorithm, quantum machine learning, etc.). These conversations not only broadened my horizons, but also let me view our project from new perspectives. QIP 2020 also provided me a great opportunity to see the latest advancements in the industry with booths of both tech giants like Alibaba and smaller companies with their own hardware products. I was amazed by the fact that a company named SpinQ made a desktop NMR quantum computer when visiting the industry booth section. Attending QIP 2020 was a great experience for me and helped to advance my knowledge in the field of quantum information science

Zichuan Wang, SEAS'20, Computer Science