Frontiers in Quantum Information Science and Engineering Webinar Series
Title: Quantum Information Science Landscape and NIST
Carl Williams, Deputy Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Abstract: In the early 1900's, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein and others laid the foundations of quantum mechanics -- nature's instruction book for the smallest particles of matter. Now 100 years later researchers are primed to harvest the fruits of basic research resulting from Quantum Information Science – the confluence of Information Science and Quantum Mechanics – two of the revolutionary developments of the 20th Century. Quantum information scientists have already convincingly demonstrated the long-term feasibility of these new approaches and there are now an emerging number of niche applications, including NIST’s own quantum logic clock as well as revolutionary new approaches to communication and computing.
This webinar is focused on providing a high-level view of the evolving research and developmental opportunities enabled by this emerging disruptive technology that will transform the 21st Century. I will start with a description of the national and international landscape that led to the passage of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act in December 2018. I will then describe NIST’s role within the NQI and describe a few NIST highlights that point to possible future applications of this emerging technology beyond quantum computing. The main part of the talk will describe how the academic, industrial, and services sectors will likely be transformed by this technology with a focus on the R&D and educational opportunities they present to a Tier I research university. I will conclude with a few remarks on the implications of this technology for science, the economy, and public welfare.
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Webinar ID: 926 7198 9711 Passcode: 743595
More About Carl Williams:
Dr. Carl J. Williams (https://www.nist.gov/people/carl-j-williams) is the Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute (http://jqi.umd.edu), the Joint Center for Quantum Information in Computer Science (http://quics.umd.edu), and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Williams received his B.A. in Physics from Rice University in 1981, his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987, joined NIST in 1998. In 2006, Dr. Williams helped establish the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and is the NIST lead in establishing the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Washington Academy of Science. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Quantum Information and Computation, has authored over 120 scientific publications, and has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences.
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