Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Summer school on hands-on quantum computing

2020, May 24 -- May 30

Pol Forn-Díaz (IFAE)
Artur Garcia Saez (BSC-CNS)

We are witnessing the birth of the quantum computing era. Quantum computers are no longer a theoretical object, they do exist. And even though their computational power is not yet at the level of rivaling classical computers in relevant problems, it is at the point where scientists may begin to uncover its true potential. Therefore, now is the most suitable time to begin putting the focus on the next generation of quantum scientists by providing them with an overview of current quantum computing technology, both at the software and hardware levels.

This summer school particularly aims at granting access to attendees to all available quantum computers, combined with introductory lectures by some of the top-world experts on each particular technology. Some of the most commonly implemented classical and quantum software protocols will be introduced, followed by interactive and hands-on activities with which to experience the power of this disruptive quantum technology.

Benasque is a beautiful village located in the Spanish Pyrenees, just at the bottom of their highest mountain (Pico de Aneto), with a wonderful countryside/hiking environment. The Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual (http://benasque.org/) is an international meeting infrastructure which provides excellent facilities and an agreeable atmosphere to allow the participants to interact with senior speakers and tutors and also to carry their work during the meeting. The lecture halls and the rooms for discussion sessions are located in the Centre. Computing and electronic communication facilities are available

List of speakers

- Antonio D. Córcoles (IBM)
- Walter Vinci (NASA Ames)
- Alex Jones (Bristol)
- David Herrera (ATOS)
- Roman Orús (DIPC / Multiverse)
- José Ignacio Latorre (U. Barcelona / Technology Innovation Institute / Qilimanjaro / CQT Singapore)
- Victoria Goliber (D-Wave)
- Tom Bromley (Xanadu)
- Google*
- Zapata Computing*

*To be confirmed

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is:

Before April 24After April 24
Regular400 eur.450 eur.
Student300 eur.350 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

Remember that your registration is complete only after the payment is made.

* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.
* Please, send a confirmation by e-mail to info@benasque.org.
* Please pay all bank charges
* Include as a subject in the transfer '2020eqc Your_Surname'
* In the comments section include:
      Full name of the conference and your name.

Pay by credit card

Senior: Pay by credit card
Student: Pay by credit card

* You have to be registered.
* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.

*Cancellation Policy*
A 5 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus Transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra') at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport and then university, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, May 24.
- Benasque-Barcelona, May 30.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is April 24

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • Ministerio de ciencia, innovación y universidades
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • logo CSIC
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque

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