FOSDEM'19 Quantum Computing

Two days dedicated to Quantum computing at Europe’s largest open source conference!

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FOSDEM'19 Quantum Computing

Are you interested in Quantum Computing? Unsure where the industry’s heading? Is the hype justified? And when are quantum computers going to take over the world?


Are you a developer interested in jumping on the rising tide of the new computing paradigm?

Join us for two packed days full of quantum computing, celebrating open source and fostering collaboration at FOSDEM 2019 and learn answers to (not only!) those questions.

The space of the open source software for quantum computing is blooming, with researchers and hardware providers alike investing in creating software infrastructure for this new computing paradigm.

The main themes of the event are:

  • to flatten down the learning curve and break perceived barriers that prevent developers from entering the field of quantum software development
  • to promote existing quantum computing open source projects and foster collaboration between new and existing developers
  • to ensure that the field is dominated by high-quality, community driven FOSS open source software, standards and protocols

All major hardware providers with open source development frameworks, including Qiskit (IBM), Forest (Rigetti), D-Wave’s Ocean (D-Wave), PennyLane, Strawberry Fields (Xanadu), QuTiP, Cirq (Google), and a vast number of academic and independent open source projects will be featured over the two days.

If you are inclined to learn more from directly from engineers and researchers working on the forefront of quantum computing software, join the community and contribute to pushing the limits of the quantum computing open source, there’s no better place than here!


Saturday: Quantum computing devroom

Saturday is devoted to quantum computing full-stack libraries and established, mature quantum computing projects. Attendees are free to come and go in-between the talks, but beware that rooms at FOSDEM can get crowded! This day will also include a discussion on the state of open source and possible directions going forward with respect to development of open source and open standards.

Sunday: Quantum computing workshop

Sunday is hands-on day: we’re organizing a quantum computing workshop! In the morning, developers of 11 open source quantum computing projects in total will introduce attendees of the workshop to their projects. During the afternoon, participants of the workshop (yes, you!) will work in small groups with the developers of the selected project to work learn more about the respective projects, help improve the documentation or even work on their first contributions!

Participants of the Quantum computing workshop are generally expected to attend the whole day - the space is limited. If you want a better chance to get a spot, pre-register here.


Saturday, Feb 2nd

During the first day of the conference, the quantum computing track is held in the room AW.121.

  • Calendar: iCal, xCal
  • Duration: 10.30 – 19.00
  • Capacity: 82
Talk title Start End Speaker
When open source meets quantum computing 10:30:00 AM 10:55:00 AM Tomas Babej
Forest: An Open Source Quantum Software Development Kit 11:00:00 AM 11:45:00 AM Robert Smith
Delivering Practical Quantum Computing 11:50:00 AM 12:20:00 PM Murray Thom
D-Wave’s Software Development Kit 12:25:00 PM 12:55:00 PM Alexander Condello
D-Wave Hybrid Framework 01:00:00 PM 01:30:00 PM Radomir Stevanovic
What is IBMQ 01:35:00 PM 02:20:00 PM Mark Mattingley-Scott
Qutip: Quantum simulations and collaborative code development 02:25:00 PM 03:10:00 PM Shahnawaz Ahmed
Strawberry Fields - software for photonic quantum computing 03:15:00 PM 04:00:00 PM Nathan Killoran
PennyLane - Automatic differentiation and ML of QC 04:05:00 PM 04:50:00 PM Josh Izaac
Quantum Computing at Google and in the Cloud 04:55:00 PM 05:40:00 PM Kevin D. Kissell
Promotion of open source and role of standardization in QC 05:45:00 PM 06:30:00 PM Panel Discussion
Exponential speedup in progress 06:35:00 PM 07:00:00 PM Mark Fingerhuth

Sunday, Feb 3rd

During the second day of the conference, the quantum computing workshop is held in the room UB2.147.

  • Calendar: iCal, xCal
  • Duration: 9.00 – 16.30
  • Capacity: 91
Workshop title Start End Speaker
Towards Practical Quantum Machine Learning with NISQAI 09:00:00 AM 09:20:00 AM Ryan LaRose
Bayesforge: Elevating the QC Stack 09:20:00 AM 09:40:00 AM Henning Dekant
An Open-Source General Compiler for Quantum Computers 09:40:00 AM 10:00:00 AM Kaitlin Smith
Julia programming language for quantum software development 10:00:00 AM 10:20:00 AM Piotr Gawron
QCL - A Programming Language for Quantum Computers 10:20:00 AM 10:40:00 AM Andrew Savchenko
Curry: A probabilistic quantum programming language 10:40:00 AM 11:00:00 AM Lucas Saldyt
PyZX: Graph-theoretic optimization of quantum circuits 11:20:00 AM 11:40:00 AM John van de Wetering
An implementation of a classifier on Qiskit 11:40:00 AM 12:00:00 PM Carsten Blank
Through the RevKit v3 implementation 12:00:00 PM 12:20:00 PM Bruno Schmitt
Q-bug: Visualizing Quantum Circuits 12:20:00 PM 12:40:00 PM Felix Tripier
SimulaQron — a simulator for developing quantum internet software 12:40:00 PM 13:00:00 PM Axel Dahlberg
Contribution hackathon session 13:30:00 PM 16:30:00 PM N/A

Live streaming and recordings

Live streaming will be available, with talks being recorded and hosted on the official FOSDEM video archive.



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