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CQP Research workshop summary

Professor Jeremy O'Brien kicks off the CQP Research Day on 3rd July 2015

3 July 2015

On 3rd July researchers from the Centre for Quantum Photonics held their annual research workshop. The internal workshop is a way of bringing together researchers from all different projects within the group to enjoy a day of collaboration, discussion and presentations.

The ~75 strong group came to discuss all aspects of their research from Quantum Spectroscopy to Chip to Chip quantum interconnects and we were also fortunate enough to be joined by three international collaborators who gave special presentations to the group on their areas of expertise. 

Our keynote speaker for the morning was Dr Nathan Wiebe of Microsoft Research who presented a talk on his idea of "Quantum Bootstrapping." Dr Wiebe's research focuses on developing practical algorithms for quantum computation.  With particular focus on problems of quantum simulation, Hamiltonian inference and quantum algorithms for linear algebra.  He also led our discussions on Quantum Simulation and Machine Learning with our chair Associate Professor Andrew Doherty from University of Sydney.

Our afternoon session began with an enlightening keynote from Professor David Miller from Stanford University on "Sorting out light." Professor Miller's research has underpinned developments in the areas of using optics in switching, interconnection, communications, computing, and sensing systems, physics and applications of quantum well optics and optoelectronics, and fundamental features and limits for optics and nanophotonics in communications and information processing. The foundation of the talk was on the basis of how to design an arbitrary linear optical component  and this work had previously been highlighted in a Science perspective and in a special issue of Optics and Photonics News. 

Throughout the rest of the day we had talks from six of our core research projects about recent updates in their areas and were fortunate enough to have devoted discussion time with our visitors on a range of different projects. It was an excellent event and everyone at the Centre for Quantum Photonics would like to thank our visitors for coming and sharing their research with us. 

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