Scientific Sessions: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8 am – Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5 pm

Location : University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus, Memorial Union Ballroom

Virtual Posters

The M.S. in Quantum Computing at URI is designed to align closely with the strategic goals of the National Quantum Initiative Act.

All events will take place at the URI Kingston Campus. More information about visiting URI and parking can be found at the Visit URI website. The conference will be held in conjunction with the University’s annual Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecture. A few highlights of the conference are below.

Special Events at the 2021 Frontiers in Quantum Computing Conference

Monday, October 18 :

Opening Keynote presentation

The Opening Keynote presentation for the conference will be delivered by Prof. Jake Taylor (NIST Physicist, Joint Quantum Institute and QuICS Fellow, and Department of Commerce Gold Medal Recipient). Prof. Taylor is the founder of the National Quantum Coordination Office for the implementation of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative Act and first Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Monday, October 18th at 8.15 AM in URI Memorial Union ballroom

Address by Senator Jack Reed

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and tireless friend of the University of Rhode Island, will deliver an address during the main conference.

Introductions will be given by Department of Physics Chair Leonard Kahn, Vice President for Research & Economic Development Peter Snyder, and University of Rhode Island President Marc Parlange

Monday, October 18th at 9.45 AM in URI Memorial Union ballroom

Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecture

The Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecture (public lecture) will be delivered by Prof. Umesh Vazirani, Roger A. Strauch Professor of EECS and Co-Director of the Berkeley Quantum Computation Center (BQIC) at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Vazirani is one of the founders of quantum computing algorithms and a pioneer in the field of quantum complexity theory. URI’s annual Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturewhich is endowed by the trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences and named to honor the former director Dr. Alexander Cruickshank who was also the former head of Chemistry at URI.

Monday, October 18th in the URI Beaupre Auditorium. Reception 6:00PM, Lecture 6.30PM.

Tuesday, October 19:

Roundtable Discussion

roundtable discussion on the future of quantum computing sponsored by D-Wave will be held Tuesday evening. This event will include key members of the QIS community as panelists. The Roundtable Keynote presentation will be given by the current OSTP Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and National Quantum Coordination Office Director, Dr. Charles Tahan (Chief Scientist and Chief of QIS research programs at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences), who will discuss the current status of and perspectives on the National Quantum Initiative.

Tuesday, October 19 at 6.00PM in URI Memorial Union ballroom