November 2020 Workshop

The workshops are the 4th or last Wednesday of the month. The next workshop will be November 25, 2020.

Invitation and Logistics

This WebEx meeting will open to anybody who can contribute or participate. Time is: November 25, 2020
7 AM PST (UTC-8)
10 AM EST (UTC-5)
3 PM London (GMT)
midnight Tokyo (GMT+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:

Introductions.

Organizers transition to Google email group. Beware a signup coming.

Mention of People Interested in Quantum Universal Education (PIQUE, the not-for-profit which among other quantum education initiatives is building https://fullstackquantumcomputation.tech).

Do we want a meeting on December 23? It is close to a holiday.

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 Qubit by Qubit: Creating Accessible and Inclusive Quantum Education for High School Students by Rachel Zuckerman (20 mins)

Significant technical progress has been made in the field of quantum computing in recent years. Current K-12 students will be impacted by these developments, and literacy in the underlying concepts, especially for students from underrepresented groups, is critical to ensure a future diverse quantum workforce. However, limited K-12 education – and subsequent research – exists in this space today. In this talk, The Coding School’s Qubit by Qubit team will discuss its approach to inclusive program design and developing quantum computing curriculum that is accessible at the high school level. We present the results of two introductory, high-school level QC educational initiatives: an intensive 1-week, 300 student summer program and an ongoing 8,000 student, 8-month introductory course.

The Qubit by Qubit year-long course is funded by IBM Quantum. The summer program was funded by IBM Quantum and Google AI.

10:35 AM EST Experience gathered teaching full-stack quantum computing tutorials using Google Cirq by Alexandru Paler (20 mins)

Programming a quantum computer is, against a wide-spread opinion, more than writing some Python scripts. And to make things even more complicated, full-stack quantum software covers topics such as the online optimisation of braided surface code protected quantum circuits. It does not seem easy to teach quantum computing in about six hours to a wide audience: highlighting the possibilities and capabilities of quantum computing, but being also honest about the very complex optimisation problems that could impact quantum computing. I will report from the experience gathered while preparing and teaching full-stack quantum computing tutorials using Google Cirq.

10:55 AM EST Entangled States Game by Spencer Moore (15 mins)

Entangled States is a open source Unreal Engine project that began as primitive demo winning 2nd place at the 2020 Global Qiskit Hackathon. The work continues and the potential exists for a high quality quantum gate building game. One that still presents N qubits splitting into 2^N complex valued states with complete rigor.

More info https://spencersphere.com/entangled-states/ (make sure you full screen the video, it’s so cool!)

11:10 AM EST Science Fair Idea by organizers (20 mins)

Discussion of a virtual special session on science fairs at an upcoming meeting. The next meeting normally would be December 23, 2020, which is a bit awkward so we may want to reschedule the December meeting.

The idea is a portion of this group could provide some material quantum projects for teachers and students in science fair across the world. The rationale is that a teacher can support a student at a science fair with less up front preparation than teaching a class. After supporting a science fair project, the teacher would be better prepared to teach a class.

This is a 15 minute timeslot to discuss when to meet and how to organize a 1.5 hour virtual meeting.

Ex. Bavithra Govintharajah, a master’s student researching quantum computing at RWTH Aachen in Germany, said about the science fair idea:
every new student who’s thinking about stepping into a specialized field is always hesitant about future job prospects and a doubt whether the field would thrive. On top of getting students hyped and interested it’s also important to boost their confidence about the future of this field when asking them to put in their future years of education in this field as the investment to make this field a reality.

11:30 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