A panel of experts will address the practical applications of quantum computing and what could impede its development.
Quantum computing is so radically faster than standard computation that it could transform computing as we know it. But only if it is able to realize its theoretical potential. There are fundamental and practical roadblocks still to overcome: stabilizing qubits (quantum bits) enough to compute with them dependably and in large enough numbers, designing quantum algorithms that can execute valuable tasks and deal with errors, and theoretical complications that go to the heart of quantum theory itself. Despite these challenges, immense progress has been and will continue to be made by research at academic centres and companies such as IBM and Google.
The Hot Topic has been coordinated and will be moderated by Philip Ball, a science writer and author, and a former editor for physical sciences atNature. His next book, to be published in 2018, is an examination of current views on the interpretation of quantum mechanics. Philip Ball has brought together leading researchers in the field from various backgrounds: theorists tackling the fundamental principles of quantum computing and algorithmic development, and experimental physicists and engineers who work to implement these ideas. The panelists will debate which expectations are realistic for quantum computers in the near future, what major obstacles still stand in the way - and where the opportunities lie for young researchers looking for ways into this exciting field.
Panelists include the following people:
The Hot Topic is an integral part of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), a networking event where talented young researchers from all over the world meet the recipients of the most renowned awards in computer science and mathematics: the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize. The Hot Topic will be held on September 28, at 11:30 in the New Auditorium of Heidelberg University, Grabengasse, 69117 Heidelberg. Though the HLF is by invitation only, video coverage of the Hot Topic will be made available on the HLF YouTube channel and the video archive.