Press Release:

Quantum Technology: Computational Models for Quantum Device Design

The Banff International Research Station will host the "Quantum Technology: Computational Models for Quantum Device Design" workshop from January 8th to January 13th, 2012.

Scientists and engineers are meeting at a Banff IRS workshop on quantum engineering to discuss how to turn the often counter-intuitive and strange phenomena of quantum physics into practical devices for everyday use. Until recently quantum dynamics was predominantly in the domain of physics explaining the workings on the universe at tiny scales and also at the heart of many philosophical discussion about the strange nature of our universe. Advances not only in physics, but also in manufacturing, computer science and mathematics now promise a wide range of applications of quantum phenomena from communication, to electronics, computing, biology and medicine. Quantum devices would function quite unlike classical devices and enable new functionalities to create faster, smaller and more energy efficient devices.

Their potential in particular for sustainable and green technologies is large. However, the realization of such devices is still a challenge and will require the development of a comprehensive framework for quantum engineering, including new tools for modelling quantum devices, simulations of quantum dynamics, continued improvements to existing models by incorporating experimental data and systematic system identification, control to achieve desired outcomes, and robustness analysis to identify robust device designs. The chief aim of the workshop is to advance this goal by bringing together experts in computational modelling, quantum simulations, coherent control, system identification and control engineering to identify key challenges and form new collaborations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

BIRS Scientific Director, Nassif Ghoussoub
E-mail: birs-director[@]