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INQA Conference

Join us in London for the first INQA conference


INQA Conference 2022

Quantum Annealing: Routes to Understanding and Improving Scaling

Quantum annealing is yet to demonstrate the elusive goal of a scaling speedup when benchmarked against classical heuristic optimisers. In this INQA conference we will meet to learn about, consider and discuss possible routes to understanding and improving scaling of QA metrics with system size. Theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches will be discussed. Contributions within this theme or in any other related area of quantum annealing research are welcome.

Dates: Wednesday 9 November 09:00 - Friday 11 November 16:00

Location: Roberts Building, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre G08, University College London Roberts Building (Engineering) Torrington Place London WC1E 7JE  


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View the detailed programme with talk abstracts. Please note that this document will update regularly and will not be available for download until the contents are finalised.

See below, for a simplified programme: 

Wednesday 9th November 2022

09:00Coffee and Pastries 
09:30WelcomePaul Warburton, UCL, UK
09:45Fast tunneling of frozen chains using AC drives and tone synchronization Eliot Kapit, Colorado School of Mines, USA
10:30Using quantum annealers for brief periods of timeJuanjo Jośe García-Ripoll, CSIC, Spain
11:45Application specific annealers: a case study for Fermi-Hubbard annealersFilip Wudarski, USRA, USA
12:30Quantum Annealing: From theory to practiceNick Chancellor, University of Durham, UK
14:30A graph-theoretical analysis on first order quantum phase transitions for adiabatic quantum computingMatthias Werner, Qilimanjaro, Spain
14:52Rapid quantum approximate solvers for combinatorial optimisation problems inspired by Hamiltonians for optimal state-transferBobby Banks, UCL, UK
15:45Effects of targeted XX-catalysts on quantum annealing spectra with perturbative crossingsNatasha Feinstein, UCL, UK
16:30Analysis on gaps, encodings and hybrid approaches at QilimanjaroAna Palacios, Qilimanjaro, Spain


Thursday 10th November 2022

09:00Coffee and Pastries 
09:30Talk TBAGlen Mbeng, University of Innsbruck, Austria
10:15Applications on quantum annealers at FZJDennis Willsch, FZ-Jülich, Germany
11:30Accreditation of analogue simulatorsTheo Kapourniotis, University of Warwick, UK
11:52Constrained optimization on quantum annealers using linear penalty functionsPuya Mirkarimi, University of Durham, UK
12:14Adiabatic quantum computing with parameterized quantum circuitsIoannis Kolotouros, University of Edinburgh, UK
14:00Coherent quantum annealing and quantum critical spin-glass dynamicsAndrew King, D-Wave, Canada
14:45Superconducting quantum annealer based on application specific architectureShiro Kawabata, AIST, Japan
16:00AVaQus project progressPol Forn-Díaz, IFAE, Spain


Friday 11th November 2022

09:00Coffee and Pastries 
09:30Shortcuts in quantum annealing Adolfo Del Campo, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
10:15Navigating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Changing Tides of Quantum TechnologiesAbbie Bray, UCL, UK
11:30Error Mitigation for Quantum Approximate OptimizationAnita Weidinger, University of Innsbruck, Austria
12:15Using copies to improve precision in continuous-time quantum computingJemma Bennett, University of Durham, UK
14:15Engineering challenges in quantum annealing using Kerr-parametric oscillatorsAiko Yamaguchi, NEC, Japan
15:00Landau-Zener tunneling: from weak to strong environment couplingAdrian Lupascu, University of Waterloo, Canada



If you have any enquires about the conference please email the organising team.