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Physics colloquium – “Advances in Noisy Intermediate Scale Optimization”

April 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Davide Venturelli

Universities Space Resource Association (USRA)

Abstract: we discuss the field of quantum optimization and its near-term viability in gate model quantum processors. We will look at hardware efficient algorithm design and experimental results targeting problems with many qubits, and discuss how to benchmark solvers in search of quantum advantage.

Bio: Davide Venturelli is currently Associate Director for Quantum Computing and Fellow of the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) at the USRA. He has worked since 2012 with the NASA Quantum AI Laboratory (QuAIL), most recently under the NASA Academic Mission Service Contract, invested in research projects dealing with quantum optimization applications and their implementation in a hardware-software co-design approach. He has authored more than 40 publications in international journals, more than 15 juried conference papers and 5 patents on the subject of AI, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Computing, and Robotics. He has experience leading R&D projects as Principal Investigator or co-PI, sponsored by DARPA, NSF, and DOE and private sector partners. He is the co-lead of the Ecosystem task of the National Quantum Initiative Superconducting Quantum Materials and System (SQMS) Center at Fermi National Laboratory. In 2021 he was elected member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) steering committee, the organism coordinating 100+ companies involved in building the supply chain for the emergent quantum technology industry. He is passioned about higher education and entrepreneurship, and he teaches since 2020 at Carnegie Mellon University Tepper’s School of Business and supports deep-tech small businesses as strategy advisor and investor. Before moving to the United States and joining USRA in 2012, he obtained his Ph.D. at the International School for Advanced Scientific Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy and the University of Grenoble in France and worked as a postdoc at the Normale School in Pisa, Italy.

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Time: Apr 18, 2023 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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April 18, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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