Quantum computing with microwaves

A free webinar with Google's Professor Joseph Bardin will explore the fundamentals and future of microwaves in quantum computing, and which challenges still need to be overcome.

Date: 1 June 2021

Google's Professor Joseph Bardin is set to join an online event from London Met and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), where he will explore the use of microwaves in quantum computing.

Professor Bardin, who works in Google's Quantum AI team, will provide a glimpse into the fundamentals, contemporary system architectures, recent experiments in this area, and, finally, major microwave challenges that must be overcome if fault-tolerant quantum computing is to become a reality, with a focus on the superconducting qubit technology which was used to show that a quantum computer is capable of post-classical computation.

Professor Bal Virdee, Director of London Met's Centre for Communications Technology research group and co-organiser of the event, explained, "Quantum computing offers the potential for an exponential speed-up of certain classes of computational problems, and, as such, the development of a practical quantum computer has been a field of intense research over the past two decades.

"Yet, it is still early in the development of these systems, as we have just reached the point at which laboratory experiments have shown that quantum computers can outperform classical computers at certain computational tasks. As such, it is an exciting time in the field, analogous to the early days of classical computer development. You may not know that control and measurement of most quantum processors is carried out using microwave technology."

About Professor Joseph Bardin

Professor Joseph Bardin received his PhD in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2009. In 2010, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is currently a Full Professor.

His research group currently focuses on low temperature integrated circuits with applications in radio astronomy and the quantum information sciences. In 2017, he joined the Google Quantum AI team as a visiting faculty researcher and, in addition to his university appointment, he currently serves as a staff research scientist with this team.

Professor Bardin has received the following awards: a 2011 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2014 NSF CAREER Award, a 2015 Office of Naval Research YIP Award, a 2016 UMass Amherst College of Engineering Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a 2016 UMass Amherst Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, and a 2020 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

a quantum computer

The webinar is free and open to all. Sign up for your place here.

When? 23 June 2021 at 4-5:00pm BST. 

Where? Virtual/online