Q Ed Workshop at IEEE Quantum Week

Welcome to the webpage for the quantum education workshop, Developing Effective Methodologies to Teach Quantum Information Science to Early-Stage Learners, abbreviated Teaching Quantum Information Science (TQIS). This is one of two events IEEE Quantum Education is sponsoring at IEEE Quantum Week — the IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE) 2021.

The final program (schedule, invited speaker bios, all talk abstracts, and attendee guide):

Many thanks to the speakers who shared their slides at https://ed.quantum.ieee.org/qweek21-workshop-slides/

IEEE Quantum Week 2021 Workshops provide forums for group discussions on QCE21 topics in quantum research, practice, education, and applications. This workshop provide opportunities for researchers, practitioners, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, developers, students, educators, programmers, and newcomers to obtain key pedagogical insights into integrating basic quantum information concepts with current STEM education curriculum and support future generations of quantum educators and academicians.

This workshop provides methodologies to early adopting STEM instructors and curriculum developers in quantum information science. Crucially, this serves to motivate the need for quantum education, identify the translation from building essential skills to real world applications, and give valuable perspectives on how to learn quantum science from professionals in the quantum community.

Call for Abstracts

Teaching Quantum Information Science (TQIS) seeks talks and discussion on teaching and developing materials for learning quantum information science, quantum engineering, and quantum computing. Submissions are welcome from any geographical region, for any age and type of learner, on any subject within the field of quantum information science. This includes but is not limited to: best practices for teaching quantum concepts, development of learning materials, hands-on lab design, and quantum software tools or games with a curricular component.

As this workshop is part of the IEEE Quantum Week 2021 Workshops Program, all workshop speakers and participants must be registered to attend the IEEE Quantum Week ’21 virtual conference.  Limited funding is available covering the cost of conference registration (including access to all IEEE Quantum Week ’21 activities live and on-demand) for accepted speakers for whom registration is a financial barrier. There is no cost to submit a talk abstract. There will not be published proceedings.

  • Talk abstract submission deadline via EasyChair: October 7, Anytime-on-Earth
  • Speaker notification date: October 12
  • Workshop date: October 21

Submit instructions:

  • Submit an abstract by making a new submission at the IEEE Quantum Week EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=qce21
  • Make sure the WKS-Teach-QIS-Early-Learners Track is selected. Kindly disregard the Submission Instructions on the page where you select the track.
  • Multiple authors are allowed. Only the speaker is required to register for Quantum Week to speak. To indicate the speaker, check only their box for “corresponding author”.
  • Submit an abstract of maximum 250 words in the box provided. Kindly disregard the box asking you to upload a paper.


Each workshop at IEEE Quantum Week 2021 is 3.0 or 4.5 hours long (i.e., two or three sessions on the same day of 90 mins with 45 mins breaks between the sessions) as follows: 10:45-12:15, 13:00-14:30, and 15:15-16:45 Mountain Time (MDT) or UTC-6.

Talks are 15 minutes including questions.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Jo Matsler

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Arlington and Principal Investigator of Quantum For All

Dr. Karen Jo Matsler has been involved with K-12 Education for over 35 years. Most of her time was as a high school physics teacher, but she also served as a District K-12 Science Curriculum administrator and a middle school teacher. Karen Jo is currently at UT Arlington as a Master Teacher and supervises the UTeach student teachers. Her passion is ensuring that all students have access to learn about QISE before they make career choices. She is the PI for a NSF funded grant (https://quantumforall.org/) designed to provide professional development for high school teachers and student camps for students to help them learn about quantum information science and potential QIS career opportunities. As someone who has been a program evaluator and provided professional development for over 20 years (nationally and internationally) she has a unique and research based approach working with teachers. Karen Jo served as Co-Director for the NSF funded PTRA Rural grant (2002-2010), which supported over 1,000 teachers in rural areas by teaching them content in major topics such as kinematics, momentum, energy, waves, and electricity.

Invited speaker: Mariia Mykhailova, Microsoft

Mariia Mykhailova is a principal software engineer at Microsoft Quantum, focusing on education and developer outreach. Mariia is the author and maintainer of the Quantum Katas project – an open-source collection of hands-on tutorials and exercises for learning quantum computing using Microsoft Quantum Development Kit – and the organizer of the Q# Coding Contests series. She is also a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University Seattle, teaching “Introduction to Quantum Computing”, and the author of the O’Reilly book “Q# Pocket Guide”.

Invited speaker: Francisca Vasconcelos, Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford

Francisca Vasconcelos is a Rhodes Scholar currently pursuing an MSt in Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics from MIT in 2020 and an MSc in Statistical Science from the University of Oxford in 2021. As an undergraduate, Francisca performed research at the MIT CSAIL, NASA JPL, the MIT Media Lab, Rigetti Computing, the MIT RLE, and Microsoft Research Quantum. At the MIT RLE, Francisca spent two years working in Professor William Oliver’s Engineering Quantum Systems group on machine learning, ionizing radiation effects, and waveguide QED for superconducting qubits. In the 2020-21 academic year, Francisca served as the Founding Academic Director of the Qubit by Qubit initiative, serving as co-lead instructor for a virtual “Introduction to Quantum Computing” course to 8,000+ students worldwide. Following her time at Oxford, Francisca will pursue a PhD in quantum machine learning under Professors Umesh Vazirani and Michael Jordan at Berkeley EECS, as an NSF Graduate Research fellow.

Invited speaker: Olivia Lanes, IBM

Dr. Olivia Lanes is a recent PhD graduate in physics from the University of Pittsburgh. She did her degree on experimental quantum computing, focusing on superconducting qubit read-out and amplification. Currently at IBM she works in a duel role as an experimental researcher and as the North American Lead for Qiskit and Education.

Invited speaker: Conrad Haupt, Master in Quantum Engineering student, ETH Zürich

Conrad J. Haupt is a Master in Quantum Engineering student at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in electrical engineering (information) (cum laude) in 2017 and the M.Sc. Engineering degree (cum laude) in 2021 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His 2021 M.Sc. thesis is titled “Multidimensional Digital Compression Methods Based on Space-Filling Curves”.
During his first M.Sc., he was a part-time lecturer and head tutor for undergraduate electrical engineering courses. He is a member of the WitsQ Quantum Computing Team, University of the Witwatersrand. He has mentored numerous undergraduate teams for competitions in super-computing and data-science hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa. Through the Wits University and IBM Research partnership, he has organized and contributed to numerous quantum computing events in South Africa and globally, including the 2019 Wits and IBM Quantum Computing Summer School and the IBM Quantum Challenge Africa 2021. His research interests include low-level software optimization, data-intensive computing, quantum computing, and quantum technology education in Africa.

Invited speaker: Maëva Ghonda, presenting a brief overview as IEEE Chair of the Quantum Computing Certificate Education Program for Workforce Development

Maëva Ghonda is the chair of the Quantum AI Institute and the editor-in-chief of the IEEE quantum computing newsletter. As a sustainability scientist, her work is centered on technological innovations that tackle climate change, particularly: quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Prior to her transition to quantum computing, as the vice president and managing director of the mobility industry business of BayStreet Research, she was responsible for the global growth of the company’s product portfolio used by industry leaders, such as Samsung. Before BSR, she worked at Motorola Mobility where she specialized in corporate strategy and competitive intelligence. She also previously worked at John Hancock, a financial services and insurance company, where she specialized in cybersecurity risk management.

Maëva’s passion for quantum computing was ignited while working as Joint Quantum Institute Scholar. Maëva Ghonda is the chair of the flagship Quantum Computing Certificate Education Program for Workforce Development and the Quantum Executive Interview Series, both quantum computing programs are sponsored by IEEE Quantum and the IEEE Standards Association.

Invited speaker: Kae Nemoto, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Kae Nemoto is a full professor at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) in Tokyo. She is also the director of the Global Research Center for Quantum Information Science, as well as being the co-director of the Japanese-French Laboratory for Informatics (JFLI). Her research is focused on applications for quantum computers, quantum computer architectures, quantum error correction, quantum networks and the quantum internet. She also leads a newly established academic education consortium “Quantum Academy for Science and Technology” for the next generation of scientist and engineers in the field. In addition, Kae is one of the founders of the Quantum ICT forum in Japan where she currently serves as the board vice director. Finally, she is a Fellow of both the IoP (UK) and the APS (US).

Organizing committee

All questions about submissions can be emailed to any of the organizers above, or to admins@fullstackquantumcomputation.tech

IEEE Quantum Education Program Committee

  • Erik DeBenedictis
  • Scott Koziol
  • Bruce Kraemer
  • Laur Nita
  • Brian La Cour
  • Terrill Frantz
  • Lia Yeh
  • Joanna Ptasinski
  • Terence Martinez, IEEE program director