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Symposium 2021

Beste wetenschappers,

Schrijf je hier in voor het geweldig jaarlijks symposium! Deze vindt online plaats op 22 januari 2021 van 13:00 tot 17:30.
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We zullen je per email op de hoogte houden van het evenement en de zoomgegevens doorsturen.

Zie hieronder de planning en de sprekers:

13:00 Opening
13:05-14:00 Stacey Jefferey
14:00-14:10 Pauze
14:10-15:05 Jonathan Home
15:05-15:25 Lunchpauze
15:25-16:20 Sabine Hossenfelder
16:20-16:30 pauze
16:30-17:25 Bernd Sturmfels
17:25 Sluiting

Stacey Jeffery (Senior researcher at CWI)
Title: Introduction to quantum algorithms
Abstract: What's all the fuss about quantum computers?
Your uncle keeps posting articles on Facebook about how quantum computers are going to solve global warming, by trying all solutions at once,
but you're skeptical, because that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Allow me to try to clear some things up.
In this talk, I will describe the mathematical model underlying a quantum computer, and why it's different from a regular computer.
I will mention some of the known applications of quantum computers, and some of the things they can't do. Finally, I will give a quick example of what a quantum algorithm looks like.

Jonathan Home (Prof at department of physics, ETH Zürich)
Title: Quantum computing with trapped-ions:
Trapped-ions are among the most promising current experimental approaches to quantum computing, offering high quality quantum gates and long coherence times compared to control.
However quantum computing is extremely daunting with respect to the size and complexity of systems which are likely to be able to provide reliable answers to problems of interest.
In part this stems from the difficulty of performing quantum error correction, which delocalizes each quantum bit of information over many physical systems.
I will introduce the state of the art in trapped-ion control today and show the techniques by which elementary demonstrations of error-correction have been achieved,
as well as providing perspectives and results regarding technical approaches which could allow these systems to be scaled up.

Sabine Hossenfelder (Research fellow at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)
Title: How Beauty leads Physics Astray
Abstract: To develop fundamentally new laws of nature, theoretical physicists
often rely on arguments from beauty. Simplicity and naturalness in particular
have been strongly influential guides in the foundations of physics ever since
the development of the standard model of particle physics. In this lecture I argue
that arguments from beauty have led the field into a dead end and discuss what can be done about it.    

Bernd Sturmfels (Professor of Mathematics University of California, director of Max Planck Institure for Mathematics)
Title: Linear Spaces of Symmetric Matrices
Abstract: Real symmetric matrices appear ubiquitously across the mathematical sciences, and so do linear spaces of such matrices.
We discuss recent developments concerning their algebraic geometry, with a view towards applications in statistics and optimization.


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