R&D Seminar: Quantum heuristics algorithms for real-world challenges

R&D Seminar: Quantum heuristics algorithms for real-world challenges
May 12, 2015 11:00
CRIM (405, avenue Ogilvy, bureau 101)

Quantum heuristics algorithms for real-world challenges

By Dominic Marchand, Ph.D., Researcher, 1QB Information Technologies.


Quantum heuristics algorithms such as quantum annealing have seen a rise in interest following the advent of commercially available quantum annealers. First seen as a universal and convenient way to solve any binary optimization with minimal investment in algorithmic design, further investigation indicates that tailored techniques mindful of the computer’s limitations are needed to reap the full benefits. 1QBit’s goal is to explore such techniques to solve real-life problems on this type of hardware. In this talk, Mr. Marchand will provide an overview of the current hardware and the process of formulating problems for D-Wave’s chip. He will also describe a few interesting applications that 1QBit has tackled recently.


Dominic Marchand studied computer engineering and physics at the University of British Columbia. His current research melds these two fields in a variety of ways. His postdoctorate work is concentrated in computational condensed matter physics with an emphasis on quantum Monte Carlo methods. Mr. Marchand sees quantum computing as an exciting new frontier of both software engineering and applied physics.

About 1QB Information Technologies

Based in Vancouver, 1QBit explores new ways to tackle the most difficult computational problems, then applies those techniques to solve real-world challenges by creating software for quantum processors. 1QBit bridges the gap between the native capabilities of the hardware and the diverse needs of modern business. Their recent publications tackle cognitive radio optimization, graph similarity, simulated annealing and an integer optimization toolbox.

The CRIM Research and Development (R&D) regularly organises scientific seminars to foster the scientific curiosity of students, academics, industry and CRIM employees. Lecturers are internationally renowned experts; professors in CRIM’s partner universities; CRIM R&D personnel and graduate students.

Registration: Manon.Labelle@crim.ca or 514 840-7993.
Free of charge. Tuesday, May 12, 2015. From 11:00 am to noon.
At CRIM, 405 Ogilvy Avenue, Suite 101, Montréal. Room 11.


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