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Applications are open: Quantum Error Correction Summer School 2022

Finding and correcting errors is among the most important challenges for quantum computers to reach their full potential, and a challenge that researchers around the world are working to solve. This summer, we invite you to apply for a chance to study quantum error correction (QEC) and contribute to solving this grand challenge.

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Quantum Error Correction Summer School is bringing together the best and brightest students in QEC — in person — July 5-30, 2022.
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The 2022 Quantum Error Correction Summer School will be a month-long, in-person event that will take place in July at the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, New York. The school will bring together the next generation of QEC researchers to participate in a series of mini-courses on both foundational topics and the latest theoretical and experimental results, while offering opportunities to collaborate with others in the QEC community.

Detecting and correcting errors is a core requirement for all computers — both quantum and classical.

Quantum computers employ physical qubits that are exceedingly powerful but also extremely sensitive and therefore more error prone. Unlike their classical bit cousins, qubits lose quantum information once they’re measured, so novel error correction methods must be developed. To overcome these challenges, quantum researchers are devising a range of innovative hardware and software technologies so that quantum computers can tolerate a reasonable amount of noise and still produce correct results.

What you need to know about Quantum Error Correction Summer School

The aim of the QEC Summer School is to give participants a working knowledge of QEC, as well as some of the latest results in selected areas, thus giving students the skills to contribute to cutting-edge research that will benefit the quantum computing industry and the world.

Finding and correcting errors is among the most important challenges for quantum computers to reach their full potential.

The QEC summer school will consist of 10 mini-courses:

  • Three foundation theory courses
  • Two latest theoretical advances courses
  • Three current experimental QEC courses
  • Two courses on QEC programming

The program includes invited talks from various leading QEC researcher. And participants will have the opportunity to discuss and present their own work.

What to know before you apply

Applicants must be comfortable with the mathematics and physics in Nielsen and Chuang’s textbook, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. This includes linear algebra, basic graph theory, along with a basic understanding of quantum circuits and quantum mechanics for quantum computation.

Most potential students will be pursuing a higher degree in a mathematical science: mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science.

All local costs associated with attending the school, such as accommodations, food, and school costs, will be paid for by the QEC Summer School’s sponsor, IBM. Participants will be expected to cover travel costs to and from New York City from a student’s home location.

We’re working to minimize any barriers in the way of for qualified applicants hoping to attend this event, especially individuals from groups that have been underrepresented in the sciences. Further funds or accommodations may also be available for a select number of participants in need of travel assistance or with circumstances preventing them from traveling to New York. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Eligibility requirements and application process

The Quantum Error Correction Summer school has a maximum capacity of 70 participants. Potential participants must meet this set of eligibility requirements:

  • Participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Participants must be proficient in certain academic fields as outlined in the requirements section of the QEC Summer School website.
  • Participants must be citizens or nationals of countries that are eligible to participate pursuant to applicable export controls laws.
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated and up-to-date with boosters against COVID-19, and comply with all U.S. laws and regulations for individuals entering the United States.
  • Lectures will be in English so participants must be proficient in English.

For details on all of these requirements, please visit the QEC Summer School website.

Summer school applications are now open. On March 3, 2022 the first round of applications will be selected. Applications will still be accepted after March 3 but will only be considered if space is available. Complete the following to apply for the summer school:

  • Identify a researcher or professor who is willing to write a letter of recommendation for you and is able to certify that you meet the minimum set of academic requirements.
  • Complete the online application and questionnaire.

Few topics are as fundamental to the advancement of quantum computing as quantum error correction, and we hope that the QEC Summer School will position attendees to make monumental impacts in this space. We hope to see you there.

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