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Old News on CQIST

  • 4/25/13: CQIST member Ben Reichardt published an article in Nature on "Classical command of quantum systems".
  • 3/27/13: The 503 qubit D-Wave 2 Vesuvius processor was turned on at noon at the USC Information Sciences Institute.
  • 3/26/13: Quantum Processor ranked in Discover Magazine's Top 100 stories of 2012. Artlcle here.
  • 3/13/13: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar chairs the Physics Nobel prize symposium at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society. For videos fo the event see here.
  • 10/12: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • 10/28/11: The USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center was formally established at the USC Information Sciences Institute. The Center's mission is to help close the gap between academic research in quantum computation and real-world critical problems. A D-Wave One 128-qubit “Rainier” processor, the world's first specialized quantum optimizer, has been installed in the Center. A focus area of the Center is the application of quantum annealing, as implemented in D-Wave One, to machine learning. Research conducted in the Center includes both algorithm development and fundamental physics problems arising as part of quantum annealing. CQIST director Daniel Lidar is the scientific director of the new Center. CQIST member Sergio Boixo is the Center's first quantum computation engineer. More information here.
  • 10/13/11: Two Postdoctoral Positions in Quantum Computing
  • 7/20/2011: CQIST faculty member Susumu Takahashi published a paper in Nature on decoherence in crystals of quantum molecular magnets.
  • 4/22/2011: A team led by CQIST Director Daniel Lidar was awarded a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) for the topic "Control of Quantum Systems: Theory and Experiments". The team includes researchers from Iowa State University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, University of California, Riverside, Princeton University, and Griffith University (Australia).
  • 12/9/2010: CQIST Deputy Director Stephan Haas was elected to the position of Vice Dean for Research.
  • 1/7/2010: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar was elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI). GQI is the leading national organization promoting the advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning the physics of quantum information, computing, fundamental concepts, and foundations: http://www.aps.org/units/gqi/.
  • 3/1/2010: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar and CQIST member Paolo Zanardi make the top 20 authors list in Quantum Computers.
  • 3/1/2010: CQIST member Paolo Zanardi's paper makes the list of Top Papers of the decade on Quantum Computers.
  • 3/1/2010: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar's paper makes the list of Top Papers of the last two years on Quantum Computers.
  • 3/1/2010: A Science Watch interview with CQIST Director Daniel Lidar.
  • 5/5/2009: Recent CQIST graduate Alireza Shabani was awarded the Viterbi School of Engineering's "Most creative thesis" award, for his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Open Quantum Systems and Error Correction".
  • 4/22/2009: CQIST faculty member Paolo Zanardi was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
  • 12/17/2007: CQIST hosts the First International Conference on Quantum Error Correction.
  • 12/3/2007: CQIST Director Daniel Lidar was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His citation notes his "contributions to the theory of decoherence control of open quantum systems for quantum information processing, especially the decoherence free subspace method."
  • 10/8/2007: CQIST receives a $50k Zumberge Foundation Award.
  • 7/16/2007: CQIST formally established as a Multi-School Organized Research Unit, reporting to the Deans of the College of Letters, Arts & Science and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.