On the road to a useful quantum computer - a talk by Tom O'Brien, Google Quantum researcher

Technical University of Munich
Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 5:00 PM (CEST)

About this event

Tom O'Brien, a Quantum researcher at Google, gives us some insights into what his team is doing. Here is what he has to say:

'Since the early 90's, quantum computers have generated interest with their promise to achieve an exponential speedup in computation time for certain tasks. However, realising this potential has proven difficult due to the inherent fragility of the quantum state, requiring aggressive error correction protocols to maintain. With recent demonstrations of quantum supremacy and small-scale optimization, chemistry and physics algorithms, and the recent release of our roadmap towards a fault-tolerant quantum computer, Google Quantum AI has brought tantalisingly close the promise of a quantum computer finding useful applications in science and industry. In this talk, Tom O'Brien will outline our recent advances, the challenges we can foresee in the next few years, and where we might hope to find the first useful applications of a quantum computer.'


  • Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien


    Quantum Researcher

    Tom finished a PhD in theoretical physics at Leiden University in the Netherlands, then spent a brief time in the faculty there before joining the Google AI Quantum team as a research scientist. His research interests are in developing algorithms and finding applications for a quantum computer, with a focus on algorithms for chemistry and physics.

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  • When

    Wednesday, Oct 21
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CEST)


  • Liangda Wang

    Liangda Wang

    GDSC Lead

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  • Florian Müller

    Florian Müller

    Lead @ DSC Munich

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  • Viviana Sutedjo

    Viviana Sutedjo

    DSC Munich Core team

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