Quantum Computing Theory in Practice

26 Oct 2018, by ablahatherell in Events

8 – 10 April 2019

The past two years have seen rapid advances in building increasingly large-scale quantum computers. It is now widely expected that there will be a demonstration, within the coming months, of a device that cannot be simulated by any classical computer (so called ‘quantum computational supremacy’). The prospect of a relatively near-term device capable of a quantum advantage has sparked a huge amount of excitement both in academia and in industry. The conference will cover the central questions in this emerging field, focusing on how to use quantum computers to solve some of the grand challenges of our time, such as drug discovery or the development of energy-efficient industrial processes or new catalysts.

Topics will include quantum simulation, computational quantum chemistry and quantum algorithms for solving optimization problems. We will also invite speakers to talk about practical aspects of quantum programming and running experiments on current and imminent quantum computing hardware. The final theme will look to the future, with talks on scaling up quantum computers and new quantum algorithms.

The conference will include invited and contributed talks, together with a session bringing together end-users with quantum computing experts, and a poster session.

More information will be provided over the coming months.

Keynote Speakers

Iordanis Kerenidis (CNRS, IRIF, Univ Paris Diderot)
Hartmut Neven (Google)

Invited Speakers

Ryan Babbush (Google)
Andrew Childs (University of Maryland)
Eleni Diamanti (CNRS, Univ Pierre et Marie Curie)
Aram Harrow (MIT)
Naomi Nickerson (PsiQuantum)
David Poulin (Université de Sherbrooke)
Marcus da Silva (Rigetti)
Kristan Temme (IBM)
Ronald de Wolf (CWI)

Accepted Talks

Oscar Higgott, Daochen Wang and Steve Brierley. Variational Quantum Computation of Excited States

Sam McArdle, Xiao Yuan and Simon Benjamin. Error mitigated digital quantum simulation

Joran van Apeldoorn and Andras Gilyen. Quantum algorithms for zero-sum games

* Daniel Litinski. A Game of Surface Codes: Large-Scale Quantum Computing with Lattice Surgery

Joel Wallman and Steve Flammia. Reconstructing Pauli Error Channels

Sergey Bravyi, Dan Browne, Padraic Calpin, Earl Campbell, David Gosset and Mark Howard. Simulation of quantum circuits by low-rank stabilizer decompositions

* Andris Ambainis, Kaspars Balodis, Jānis Iraids, Martins Kokainis, Krišjānis Prūsis and Jevgēnijs Vihrovs. Quantum Speedups for Exponential-Time Dynamic Programming Algorithms

Juan Bermejo-Vega, Dominik Hangleiter, Martin Schwarz, Robert Raussendorf and Jens Eisert. Architectures for quantum simulation showing a quantum speedup

* Two accepted talks (starred) were selected to be presented as invited talks.


To be announced. The conference dinner will be taking place on Tuesday 9th April at the Bristol Museum with exclusive access to the very special exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawings.


Please register here 

The registration deadline has been extended to 15 March 2019.


School of Chemistry, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS.

The venue can be found using the University’s Google precinct map.


For planning purposes the venue is located within the main University precinct, postcode BS8 1TS. Information on local hotels and average prices can be found here. Alternatively you can find further information on other accommodation options by visiting the Visit Bristol website.

Conference participants may also be interested in the Bristol Quantum Information Technologies Workshop, to be held in Bristol 1 – 3 April 2019. Registration deadline for that workshop is 18th March.


Organising committee

Steve Brierley (River Lane Research)
Noah Linden (University of Bristol)
Ashley Montanaro (University of Bristol)


We are very grateful to our sponsors:

The Alan Turing Institute

University of Bristol



Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

Innovate UK



River Lane Research