Quantum computing holds the promise to transform many industries, by rendering some of todays intractable problems feasible. To do so, quantum computers are built upon fundamentally different rules from standard computers, harnessing the bizarre but beautiful quantum mechanical laws that underpin the behavior of atoms and molecules. This will transform cryptography, material and chemical design, among other key areas. I will attempt to demystify some key aspects of quantum computing, highlight some of the key industrial applications, and will outline Microsoft’s full-stack approach to overcome the challenges to build scalable quantum computers.
Michael is a researcher in quantum computing, specializing in quantum error correction and fault tolerance. He did his postdoctoral work with Krysta Svore at Microsoft Research, his doctoral work with John Preskill at Caltech, and his undergraduate studies in Cambridge, England. His research is focused on the following topics: topological codes, universal quantum gates, scalable fault-tolerant quantum computing, code switching, noise models, statistical mechanical approaches to quantum error correction and resource requirements for quantum computing.