Enterprise Software to Accelerate the Quantum Revolution

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Enterprise Software to Accelerate the Quantum Revolution
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Zoom (Webinar)
Yudong Cao - Zapata Computing
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Through the transformative impact of quantum computing, powerful software and algorithms for the next generation of high-performance computing are being developed. These quantum algorithms will provide solutions to some of the world’s toughest computational problems, including simulation, optimization, and machine learning applications in chemistry, finance, logistics, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and materials - in short, solve massive, real-world problems that will revolutionize industry and society.  
Especially in recent years, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the amount of investment and progress made in both quantum computing hardware and software architectures. This talk will look at the dramatic developments of the last decade and discuss the various approaches to the application of quantum computing. The goal is to suggest trends of how commercial quantum computing technology will evolve in the coming years and describe how this tremendous processing power could unleash exponential advances for humanity.  


Dr. Yudong Cao is the CTO of Zapata Computing - a Harvard spinout quantum computing software and algorithm company funded by The Engine, the venture firm founded by MIT to invest in tough tech. Dr. Cao has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. From 2016-2018 he held the position as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University working closely with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, a world leader in quantum simulation for chemistry and materials and co-founder of Zapata Computing. The main focus of Dr. Cao's work at Harvard was on developing and deploying algorithms for noisy intermediate-scale quantum devices. This work has served as the foundation for the applications and solutions Zapata can offer their enterprise clients today.