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CERN Offers Free 7-Week Online Course on Quantum Computing, Open for All

CERN Offers Free 7-Week Online Course on Quantum Computing, Open for All

Being offered by CERN, these sessions are online, free of charge, and can be attended by anyone interested in quantum computing.

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The European Council for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN, is conducting a free online course on the basics of quantum computing.

Things to know

  • This is a series of weekly lectures that will be broadcasted through webcasts, which began on 6 November, 2020.
  • Every Friday a new lecture will be uploaded.
  • For those who missed it, the content of the lecture held on November 6 has been uploaded to the site.
  • Elias Fernandez-Combarro Alvarez—an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oviedo in Spain since 2009 and a cooperation associate at CERN—will be delivering the lectures.
  • This session will be for a duration of seven weeks, beginning 6 November, 2020 and ending on 18 December, 2020.
  • One does not require to have any prior knowledge of quantum computing to enrol for this programme.
  • A good command of basic linear algebra will be helpful.

What will you learn?

Are you ready for this online course by CERN?
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Quantum computing is one the most promising new trends in information processing and those who enrol for the programme will be able to learn the following:

  • Basic concepts of the quantum circuit model such as qubits, gates and measures will be introduced.
  • Important quantum algorithms and protocols, including those that can be implemented with a few qubits like BB84, quantum teleportation, and superdense coding, among others, will be spoken about.
  • Recent applications of quantum computing in the fields of optimisation and simulation will be addressed.
  • Special emphasis will be paid to the use of quantum annealing, the quantum approximate optimisation algorithm and the variational quantum eigensolver along with quantum machine learning.
  • Examples of how these techniques can be used in chemistry simulations and high-energy physics problems will also be provided.

At the end of the webcast, documents and content pertaining to the session will also be uploaded.

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For more details about the course click here, and if you have any queries, you can write to QTI-info@cern.ch.

(Edited by Yoshita Rao)

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