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The First UTS Quantum Computer Science School Opens in Sydney

January 23,2017

On the morning of Jan. 21, 2017, the first UTS Quantum Computer Science School was opened at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Over 40 undergraduates attended this 3-day school, including students from YaoClass 40, IIIS, Tsinghua University (THU), Peking University, UTS, the University of Sydney, Melbourne Institute of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prof. Runyao Duan, Director of Quantum Software and Information Center, UTS, and Assistant Prof. Xiongfeng Ma, Class Supervisor of YaoClass 40, attended the opening ceremony and made the welcome speech.

Prof. Runyao Duan made the opening speech.

Entitled “Quantum Computer Science”, the school invited Prof. Runyao Duan, Prof. Yuan Feng, Prof. Zhengfeng Ji, UTS, and Assistant Prof. Xiongfeng Ma, Assistant Prof. Ran Duan, THU, with 5 invited lectures covering quantum circuits, quantum cryptography, quantum states, quantum communication and other frontier fields.

Prof. Yuan Feng gave the first invited lecture.

Open research problems as hot topics in quantum computation were also included in the following 3 days, on which 5 groups made their presentation during the discussion session. Prof. Mingsheng Ying, Research Director of Quantum Software and Information Center of UTS, encouraged all to seize this great opportunity of quantum computation and make contribution to disciplinary development.

Dr. Youming Qiao, lecturer of UTS, was the host of UTS Quantum Computer School, who graduated from the first Yao Class. Students of YaoClass now, he said, had more diversified opportunities in their expansion of research areas.

Prof. Mingsheng Ying had a warm discussion with students at school.

Discussion session on open research problem.

It is the tenth time for junior students at YaoClass to attend Winter School, but school 2017 is the first overseas attempt, jointly hosted by Quantum Software and Information Center, UTS, and IIIS, THU. Winter School for academic exchange has already become an important part in the talent-cultivating mode of YaoClass. It serves as a platform of both scientific research and idea exchange in a multi-university and cross-cultural atmosphere, enjoying a high reputation among YaoClass students.

Group photo.

 (By Shuai Sun)