Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Venue: KICS Seminar Hall, UET, Lahore
Quantum mechanics, one of the greatest discoveries of 20th century physics, vastly featured in science fictions, has been recently reincarnated into a practical and exciting paradigm of computation called quantum computation. The new mode of computation which has grabbed the focus of major technology giants across the globe, craftily exploits the counter-intuitive principles of quantum mechanics to achieve computational power beyond the capacity of state-of-art conventional computing systems. One of the fundamental challenges in the field is the realization of large-scale quantum computer in the realistically noisy quantum hardware, which can solve problems that mark substantial scientific or strategic interest (e.g. efficient factorization of a 2,048-bits integer). In this talk, I would cover the fundamentals problems in realizing practical quantum computer and describe how my PhD research guides state-of-art experimental efforts in the field. The general goals of my talk include the demonstration of my research background, skill set and an attempt to match my expertise to the research vision of KICS.
Muhammad Ahsan is a lecturer in the department of Mechatronics and Control Engineering UET Lahore. He has recently completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Duke University USA, in which he worked on IARPA Quantum Computer Science (QCS) project. He earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore in 2007. Afterwards, he served as lecturer in FAST-NU for two years and in UET for one year before embarking on his Ph.D. in USA. His research interests include quantum computing, computer architecture and artificial intelligence.