Quantum Computing Overview, and Quantum Supremacy

This seminar will present an overview of Quantum Computing, explain what is quantum computing, how it works and what major companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intel and D-waves are working on. It will also cover future Quantum computing applications.

Talk Abstract:

Last October 2019 Google Research and the University of California, Santa Barbara, officially announced that they became the first to achieve quantum supremacy. The company claims its quantum computer, which runs on a 54-qubit chip called Sycamore, took only 3 minutes and 20 seconds to calculate a problem that would take the world’s fastest computer 10,000 years to solve.

This talk will present what is quantum computing, principal quantum effects including particle-wave duality, superposition, entanglement and tunneling. The talk will also cover what is quantum supremacy, and discuss current research being conducted by IBM, Google, Microsoft, Intel and D-Waves. Finally it will cover future quantum computing applications areas such as cryptography, large DBMS, nanotechnology, biology/medicine and material science..

Speaker Bio:

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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