January 2021 Workshop

The workshops are the 4th or last Wednesday of the month. The next workshop will be January 27, 2021.

Invitation and Logistics

This WebEx meeting will open to anybody who can contribute or participate. Time is: January 27, 2021
7 AM PST (UTC-8)
10 AM EST (UTC-5)
3 PM London (UTC)
midnight Tokyo (UTC+9) on Thursday.
Request an invitation from t.c.martinez@ieee.org or erikdebenedictis@gmail.com. The meeting is scheduled for 1.5 to 2 hours.

10:00 AM EST Business Meeting

This will be a ~15 minute session including introductions by new members to the community and discussion of events of interest:

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Note: These meetings are scheduled for 2 hours and have so far had enough content to fill 2 hours even if some of that content is added at the last minute. If you something to say, contact the organizer.

10:15 AM EST Maëva Ghonda: Announcement of IEEE Quantum Education/Workforce Development Activity (10 mins)

Maëva will announce a new virtual quantum education activity under the IEEE Quantum Initiative. The activity comprises periodic Web lectures and can grant continuing education credit. The current topic is systems engineering and the next Web lecture will be given by John Martinis on February 10, 2021. There is more information on the IEEE quantum initiative website.

10:25 AM EST John Donohue: Quantum Education for Students and Teachers at IQC (20 mins)

Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach, Institute for Quantum Computing

As quantum technology becomes more mainstream, it’s essential to introduce students to quantum mechanics at an earlier age. When building educational quantum programs, it’s important that they are accessible and accurate, and designed with real-world limitations in mind. In this talk, I’ll discuss efforts by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) over the past ten years to develop summer schools and resources for students and teachers, including the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS), the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), and the teacher-oriented Schrödinger’s Class. We will also discuss lessons learned from adapting these in-person workshops to online formats during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Donohue is the Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo. His role is to take research out of the labs and off the whiteboards, bringing it to educational and public spaces to increase quantum awareness and help spark the next generation of quantum researchers. John has a research background in quantum and ultrafast photonics at the University of Waterloo and Paderborn University.

10:45 AM EST Piotr Migdał: Quantum Game – LEGO-like interface to simulate quantum optics in your browser (20 mins)

Quantum Flytrap

We develop “quantum LEGO bricks” – a virtual lab and a puzzle game. It can be used to set the first steps in the quantum world, teach at any level, and prototype new experiments. Within this environment, it is already possible to recreate interference, or quantum cryptography protocols. It is possible to show entanglement, Bell test, quantum teleportation, and the many-worlds interpretation.

The previous version of the game was used to teach quantum high-school students (see https://p.migdal.pl/2016/08/15/quantum-mechanics-for-high-school-students.html). The current lab is being used at Stanford Univ. and Oxford Univ., for quantum information courses for undergraduate students.

As a part of the project, we redesign the notation for quantum states, moving it from static LaTeX to interactive formulae. We have built a visualizer for quantum states and matrices, which you can use in your course (be it an interactive presentation or on your website).

Quantum Flytrap

11:05 AM EST

There is unscheduled time. If you would like to make a presentation, please email a title, your name, and a few sentences of abstract to erikdebenedictis@gmail.com or any program committee member. We have a program committee to screen a. k. a. peer review presentation requests.

12:00 PM EST WebEx reservation ends

The WebEx chat from the meeting appears below

January 27, 2021 8:02 AM from TOAA to everyone: Hi Sir… I’m TOAA

January 27, 2021 8:09 AM from Lia Yeh to everyone: ed.quantum.ieee.org/science-fair-discussion/

January 27, 2021 8:18 AM from Rod Van Meter to everyone: I don’t see the link easily visible from the top web page. Can you post the link here, and make sure it’s findable on the web?

January 27, 2021 8:18 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: Linkt to what?

January 27, 2021 8:19 AM from Jessica Rosenberg to everyone: Are there plans to reoffer some of these courses if one can’t attend a given date (or missed that first one)?

January 27, 2021 8:19 AM from John Donohue to everyone: https://quantum.ieee.org/education/workforce-development

January 27, 2021 8:20 AM from Terence Martinez to everyone: the link to the recording will be posted soon. It is being processed now

January 27, 2021 8:20 AM from Araceli Venegas-Gomez to everyone: What is the duration of each topic?

January 27, 2021 8:21 AM from Jessica Rosenberg to everyone: Great, thanks!

January 27, 2021 8:23 AM from Terence Martinez to everyone: @Araceli – the first course is about 1hr the 2nd is scheduled for 2hrs to allow for discussions

January 27, 2021 8:24 AM from TOAA to everyone: Sir, there’s a lot of glitches…..is it purely on my side??

January 27, 2021 8:25 AM from ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΝΗΣ to everyone: what experiments do you show to high school students?

January 27, 2021 8:25 AM from Terence Martinez to everyone: @TOAA – it seems ok for me. May be a local issue.

January 27, 2021 8:28 AM from Araceli Venegas-Gomez to everyone: Thanks Terence!

January 27, 2021 8:41 AM from TOAA to everyone: Sorry, I may have to leave soon…..where will I find the recording of this session?

January 27, 2021 8:41 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: TOAA: Who are you?

January 27, 2021 8:41 AM from TOAA to everyone: Sir, I’m Saswata from India

January 27, 2021 8:42 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: The presentations will be on the time-oriented blog on the home page, but only where speakers give permission.

January 27, 2021 8:42 AM from TOAA to everyone: ok sir

January 27, 2021 8:42 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: Thank you Saswata.

January 27, 2021 8:43 AM from Piotr Migdal to everyone: Quantum Game link: https://quantumflytrap.com/

January 27, 2021 8:44 AM from Piotr Migdal to everyone: Science-based games in general: https://github.com/stared/science-based-games-list

January 27, 2021 8:44 AM from ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΝΗΣ to everyone: are there any remote controlled experiments through the internet at IQC?

January 27, 2021 8:48 AM from chandralekha singh to everyone: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-quantum-computer-revolution-must-include-women/

January 27, 2021 8:50 AM from Terrill Frantz Harrisburg Univ (privately): erik I have a short comment for John.

January 27, 2021 8:56 AM from Rod Van Meter to everyone: @Chandralekha, I saw your article — 100% agreed. I’ve been frustrated with my own inability to attract women students, but there are a lot of complicating factors in Japan and in our own unique educational structure, but I have had some excellent ones, both undergrad and grad. One group that might be a resource is Women Who Code. My Ph.D. student, Sara Metwalli, has given hands-on demos/talks at WWC events in both Japan and the U.S.

January 27, 2021 8:58 AM from diane carr to everyone: If anyone is interested in developing class material for a lab on BEC’s, ColdQuanta would be interested in offering access to Albert https://www.coldquanta.com/albertcloud/

January 27, 2021 8:59 AM from chandralekha singh to everyone: @Rod, thanks so much! We have to keep working on these important issues!

January 27, 2021 8:59 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: Thx Diana

January 27, 2021 8:59 AM from Erik DeBenedictis to everyone: Thx DIane

January 27, 2021 9:00 AM from Scott Holmes to everyone: Ah, this is what is meant by “discord”. It is a communications platform.

January 27, 2021 9:00 AM from Scott Holmes to everyone: https://discord.com/

January 27, 2021 9:00 AM from Rod Van Meter to everyone: @Chandralakha if you have reading recommendations that have specific action plans, I’m all ears (or eyes).

January 27, 2021 9:01 AM from John Donohue to everyone: https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-for-quantum-computing/outreach-and-workshops

January 27, 2021 9:01 AM from Rod Van Meter to everyone: s/Chandralakha/Chandralekha/ (sorry for the typo)

January 27, 2021 9:02 AM from chandralekha singh to everyone: @Rod, we are still working on coming up with a framework and reading recommendations with this goal in mind.

January 27, 2021 9:03 AM from Lia Yeh to everyone: ^ Would love to hear your thoughts on it at the Feb 10 discussion!

January 27, 2021 9:04 AM from chandralekha singh to everyone: @Lia, I will be happy to talk about it.

January 27, 2021 9:20 AM from Zeki Seskir to everyone: great work piotr, sadly I have to leave now. thanks for this meeting!

January 27, 2021 9:28 AM from Piotr Migdal to everyone: Thank you! 🙂

January 27, 2021 9:28 AM from Piotr Migdal to everyone: Discord invite: https://discord.gg/DfqNvhAh

January 27, 2021 9:30 AM from Rod Van Meter to everyone: It’s now 1:30am Tokyo time, so I’m stepping out. Thanks to both the presenters tonight — a good session.

January 27, 2021 9:31 AM from Araceli Venegas-Gomez to everyone: This is the other game Piotr mentioned: https://www.quarksinteractive.com

January 27, 2021 9:32 AM from Piotr Migdal to everyone: Quantum Lab: if you want to silence the soundtrack, there is a speaker icon on the bottom bar

January 27, 2021 9:33 AM from Araceli Venegas-Gomez to everyone: Thanks Maëva!

January 27, 2021 9:33 AM from Maëva Ghonda to everyone: https://quantum.ieee.org/education/workforce-development

January 27, 2021 9:34 AM from Maëva Ghonda to everyone: You are welcome.

January 27, 2021 9:34 AM from ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΝΗΣ to everyone: thnx

January 27, 2021 9:34 AM from John Donohue to everyone: Thanks Erik!

January 27, 2021 9:34 AM from KevinJoven to everyone: Thanks all

January 27, 2021 9:34 AM from Indranil Dey to everyone: Thanks everyone!!