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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao: "Quantum Computing: A Great Science in the Making"

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The Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
1404 Siebel Center*Overflow in 2405 Siebel Center*The talk will be streamed live beginning at 2:55 p.m.
Oct 23, 2015   3:00 pm  
Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Tsinghua University
Julie Gustafson
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Abstract: In recent years, the scientific world has seen much excitement over the development of quantum computing, and the ever increasing possibility of building quantum computers. Is quantum computing for real? What’s the advantage of quantum computing? What are the secrets in the atoms that could potentially unleash such enormous power, to be used for computing and information processing? In this talk, we will take a look at quantum computing, and make the case that we are witnessing a great science in the making. 

Bio:  Andrew Chi-Chih Yao was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Taiwan. He received a BS in Physics in 1967 from National Taiwan University, PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 1972, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1975.  From 1975 onward, Yao served on the faculty at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley and, during 1986 – 2004, at Princeton University as William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2004, he left Princeton to join Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is currently the Dean of IIIS (Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences) at Tsinghua; he is also a Distinguished Professor-at-Large at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

At Tsinghua University, Yao founded IIIS and built it into an interdisciplinary research center, including a cutting-edge quantum computing laboratory. The elite undergraduate program started by Yao in 2005 (fondly nicknamed the “Yao Class” by students) has produced outstanding graduates in computer science, eagerly sought after by first-rate graduate schools everywhere.

Yao’s research interests are in the theory of computation and its applications, including cryptography, communication, quantum computing and algorithmic economics.  He is recipient of the prestigious A.M. Turing Award in year 2000 for his groundbreaking contributions to the theory of computation. He has also received numerous other honors and awards, including the George Polya Prize (1987), the Donald E. Knuth Prize (1996), and honorary degrees from the City University of Hong Kong , the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Waterloo, the University of Macau, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academia Sinica.

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