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Presentation: Using Quantum Computers to Simulate Chemistry

Track: Modern CS in the Real World

Location: Mountbatten, 6th flr.

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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Quantum computing is unmistakably becoming a thing. With IBM’s announcement of their quantum computing cloud service at CES in January and Google’s announcement last year of their 72-qubit Bristlecone processor, suddenly quantum computing seems to be entering into the Enterprise. In this talk, Peter will show how quantum computers can be used to simulate chemistry with applications in drug discovery, material science and industrial processes. After briefly introducing the topic of quantum chemistry, he will demonstrate modeling physical systems via a code walkthrough using the IBM Qiskit quantum computing framework. In particular we will use Qiskit Aqua, a library of cross-domain quantum algorithms upon which applications for near-term quantum computing can be built. Aqua is designed to be extensible, and employs a pluggable framework where quantum algorithms can easily be added. It currently allows the user to experiment on chemistry, AI, optimization and finance applications for near-term quantum computers.

Speaker: Peter Morgan

AI Community Leader & Founder and CEO Deep Learning Partnership

Peter is author of the popular report, “Machine Learning is Changing the Rules: Ways Businesses Can Utilize AI to Innovate”, published by O'Reilly. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and the positive changes this technology can and is bringing to society. Peter founded the AI consulting company, Deep Learning Partnership, in 2012 to carry out his mission of helping to bring AI to the world. He is a scientist-entrepreneur starting out in high energy physics enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After leaving UMass, and founding his own company, Peter moved into the computer networking industry, designing, implementing and troubleshooting global IP networks for companies such as Cisco, IBM and BT Labs. In 2009, Peter worked for three years on an experiment lead by Stanford University to measure the mass of the neutrino. Returning to industry in 2012, he has been an AI Consultant and is also very interested in the latest developments in quantum computing and how they are set to impact advancements in AI, business and the world at large. He advises and mentors technology startups and is a speaker at AI conferences and meetup groups. Peter founded and organizes the popular London Deep Learning Lab Meetup

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