Tsinghua-Michigan Joint Center for Quantum Information (JCQI)

Quantum Information, as an emerging cross-disciplinary area of subject in quantum physics and computer information science that provides a new technology in the post-Moore era, has explored new fundamentals and methods for the development of information science and physics in the 21st century. It also goes with the strategic goals of quantum control and information science in China.

Tsinghua-Michigan Joint Center for Quantum Information(JCQI) which seeks the complementarity between the University of Michigan and Tsinghua University in quantum information, is to establish an international first-class platform and center for talent cultivation in quantum information in Tsinghua University. It will promote China’s research in quantum information to the world-leading level. Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao and Prof. Luming Duan serve as directors of the Research Center.

Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao is a leading scientist in network communication complexity theory. He first developed the quantum communication complexity in 1993, which has laid the theoretical foundations for quantum computer. He developed the distributed quantum computation model in 1995, which has evolved into the basics of distributed quantum algorithms and quantum communication protocol security. Prof. Yao has made research contributions in three ways: (1) creating important subfields for theoretical computer science, (2) helping lay the foundations of modern cryptography, and (3) resolving open problems and establishing new paradigms in circuit complexity, computational geometry, data structures, and quantum computing. He was awarded the A.M. Turing Award in 2000 for his contributions to the theory of computation, including communication complexity, pseudorandom number generation, and quantum communication. His research has played a vital role in the development of quantum information.

Prof. Luming Duan is a theorist on quantum information, quantum optics, and atomic physics, with particular interest in quantum computing, networking, and quantum simulation in a variety of physical systems, including trapped ions, neutral atoms, photons, and semiconductor quantum dots. He is well known for a number of groundbreaking proposals for implementation of quantum information, including the “DLCZ” (Duan-Lukin-Cirac-Zoller) scheme for realizing long-distance quantum communication. His proposal of network-approach to scalable ion computation has laid down the theoretical foundation for recent big collaborative quantum computing projects in USA. His work on quantum simulation with ultracold atoms (2003) is one of the most cited theoretical papers on ultracold atoms in the last decade.

China has achieved sound research results in quantum cryptography communication based on photon system, though there is a big gap between China and other countries in quantum computing, quantum network and quantum simulation. Tsinghua-Michigan Joint Center for Quantum Information is to introduce top quantum technologies and talents from abroad and cultivate young scholars, thus promoting China’s research efforts in quantum network, quantum computing and quantum simulation. Prof. Yao has established the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in Tsinghua University, which enjoys a vibrant research environment and impressive research outputs. Prof. Duan will join efforts in building a world-class team in quantum information by exerting his expertise in quantum information. The Research Center will nurture student’s capacity in both computer theory and physics realization through courses on quantum information and co-supervision of graduate students. We plan to organize international conferences and summer schools in quantum information as well as invite top experts to give lectures and conduct short-tem visits to expand students’ vision and promote international cooperation.