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06/11/2019 – Quantum Computers: a guide for the perplexed

On the 6th November Professor Andy Stanford-Clark gave a fascinating seminar on Quantum Computers. Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is also a vital member of the AI3SD Advisory Board!

Andy’s talk introduced the mind-bending principles of quantum computing, give some history of the technology, and described potential application areas for quantum computers (notably including those relevant to AI3SD). He will take us on tour inside a real quantum computer, and explain how you can get free hands-on experience of IBM’s quantum computer, and start to learn how to program these exciting new machines. Whilst he was unable to leave his full slide deck with us, he has provided some useful links for anyone interested in leaning more about quantum computing. These links can be found here.