Clever-Up about Quantum Computers

We are proud to present our first Clever-Up. In this Clever-Up we will dive into the world of Quantum Computers. Together with our inspiring guests we will look at this phenomenon from different perspectives. Can we answer the question if Quantum Computers are a revolution, an evolution or just another piece of technology?

Interested? Sign up by sending us an email at events@cleverbase.com with the names of attenders and their contact details.

Date: Thursday 11th of April from 19:00 – 22:00
Location: Cleverbase @ Maanweg 174, 2516 AB, The Hague
Entrance: Free
Seats: 75 available

Program

19.00 – 19.30 Welcome: Coffee, tea and other drinks

19.30 – 20.00 Warming up: Innovation, the battle
Drs. Remco van Wijk – CEAO Cleverbase
We all have romantic ideas about innovation and innovative start-ups. About the exciting idea of working on game changing technology in a strong team. However, this is just a tiny aspect of the story. Remco van Wijk will give a small glimpse into the dark side of innovation.

20.00 – 20.45 Main: Will Quantum Computers change the way in which we solve problems in the future?
Dr. rer.nat. Matthias Möller – Assistant Professor, Numerical Analysis
Delft University of Technology – Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics

The development of practical quantum computers that can be used to solve real-world problems has become the new race to the moon. This is driven by the ambitious expectation that quantum computers might be able to outperform today’s most powerful supercomputers. However, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The potential power of quantum computers comes from quantum-mechanical phenomena such as superposition and entanglement. One can draw the analogy of running a computer program once, with all possible combinations of input parameters at the same time to obtain the ‘best possible solution’ as an answer. Developing quantum algorithms that do exploit the power of superposition and entanglement is not trivial, and there are not many quantum algorithms that are of practical use known today.

In this talk, Matthias will briefly outline the basic concepts of quantum computing and discuss some of the well-known quantum algorithms, like Grover’s search algorithm. He will then paint a scenario in which a quantum computer is potentially used to speed-up simulation-based shape optimization workflows as they are widely used in aircraft and ship design. The final part of the talk gives a brief overview of the quantum computing SDKs and backends that are available today and sheds some light on how to develop, implement, and validate quantum algorithms in practice.

20.45 – 21.00 Reflection: Questions, discussion and break

21.00 – 21.30 Encore: Moving fast and breaking things
Dr.-Ing Tobias Fiebig – Assistant Professor –
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology

What do a crashing plane, 160 million social security numbers, and a broken heating have in common? They are things that malfunctioned while innovation was moving fast and developers and engineers made errors… and all of them are completely preventable.

In this talk, we will explore stories from the trenches of IT development and operations and their failings, as we see how and why things break in practice and learn how to stop them from breaking. So fasten your seatbelts, put down your armrests, and bring your seat into an upright position: we are going into the underworld of IT operations.

21.30 – 22.00 Drinks

Interested? Sign up by sending us an email at events@cleverbase.com with the names of attenders and their contact details.