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FCS Seminar: “Quantum Computers and Quantum Machine Learning”

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

First Choice Science Seminar 

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 1-2:30pm

Dawson College Theatre

“Quantum Computers and Quantum Machine Learning”

Guest speaker: Dr Michael Hilke, McGill University, Physics,

Director Center for the Physics of Materials (CPM),

Director Regroupement Stratégique des Matériaux de Pointe (RQMP)

What is quantum computing and what is machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI)? These are questions that have caught the eyes of our politicians recently. What is new in these fields that have prompted this increased interest? After an overview of these concepts, I will discuss the new insights gained in these areas. This will eventually lead to the question: why not combine quantum computing with AI and machine learning? I will explore this question in more detail in this presentation.

Dr Michael Hilke is currently the Director of CPM (Center for the Physics of Materials) at McGill and the director of the province-wide RQMP (Regroupement Stratégique des Matériaux de Pointe).

After completing his doctorate at the University of Geneva on disordered systems, he moved to Princeton in 1996 to work with Daniel Tsui on two dimensional electron systems and discovered the quantized Hall insulator. In 2001, he came to McGill as a faculty member and built up the Quantum Nano Electronics Laboratory (QNEL), a low temperature laboratory and a facility for the fabrication and processing of quantum and low dimensional systems. He specializes in quantum, electronic, vibrational and high frequency properties of these systems as well as applications in the biomedical field. He is also working on theoretical topics related to quantum information processing and transport in disordered systems. He is involved in several projects on how to learn physics, in particular on an online learning tool, which adapts the learning content to the pace of each individual student.


October 4
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Annie-Helene Samson


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