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Unitary Fund Q1 2021 Update: New grants and a Mitiq release driven by the community
13 April, 2021
To the Unitary Fund community,
We continue to work hard to support the development of a vibrant, open quantum technology ecosystem. Thanks to all of you who have joined us in this mission.
- New from Unitary Fund
- We are running UnitaryHack, our first quantum open source hackathon with SWAG and BOUNTIES, on May 14-30th!
- Welcome Olivia! Our newest team member, Olivia has joined as our new Administration to help us grow and optimize Unitary Fund 's programs.
- Help wanted: We are hiring for technical staff positions. We’re not only interested in quantum experienced applicants, but also diverse applicants with full stack web experience.
- If you missed it, read our 2020 Annual Report here.
- About Mitiq:
- We continue to develop in the open, and now at its 0.7.0 release on PyPI. You can join our community call on Fridays at 2:30pm ET on Discord ( discord.unitary.fund)
- Mitiq v.0.7.0 contains several contributions from the community! Thanks to @yhindy for adding a method to parametrically scale noise in circuit, to @elmahmoud for adding a factory for zero noise extrapolation, to @aaron-robertson and @pchung39 for adding Qiskit executors with depolarizing noise to the utils, to @purva-thakre for several fixes and improvements. Thanks also to @BobinMathew and @marwahaha for typo corrections.
- We added probabilistic error correction (PEC) to the quantum error mitigation techniques.
- Everyone can now contribute examples to the documentation directly with Jupyter Notebooks thanks to a new MystNB-based infrastructure.
- We had more guests on Quantum Software Talks Series on Twitch, with recordings uploaded to Youtube.
- We hosted Intro to QuTiP: A Quantum Toolbox in Python by Shahnawaz Ahmed and Intro to QuNetSim: A Software Framework for Quantum Networks by Stephen DiAdamo.
- We hosted 3 research talks on Discord:
- “Exponential Error Suppression for Near-Term Quantum Devices”, by Bálint Koczor.
- Chen Wang, “Protecting a bosonic qubit with autonomous quantum error correction”, by Chen Wang.
- AMA on gate tomography and randomized benchmarking, by Chris Granade.
- Sarah from the Unitary Fund team gave an interview on quantum computing
- Andrea and Ryan spoke on our error-mitigating research at the APS March Meeting
- 7 New Grants
- To Goutam Tamvada and Douglas Stebila to develop VeriFrodo, an open-source package implementing a lattice-based quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms in Jasmin within the Open Quantum Safe project.
- To Owen Lockwood to develop a software package using classical deep reinforcement learning to improve quantum optimization, both for quantum simulations and hardware integration.
- To Daniel Stilck França to develop a software package that will help benchmark the limitations of noisy quantum devices for solving optimization problems. [arXiv] [QIP talk on the technique].
- To Rhea Parekh and Stephen DiAdamo to further develop Interlin-q, a distributed quantum-enabled simulator integrated with QuNetSim.
- To Dariusz Lasecki to build an open-source Python library that delivers easy-to-use high-quality pre-trained machine learning models to predict good QAOA starting parameters for selected classes of problems.
- To Oscar Higgot, to continue developing and maintaining PyMatching, a Python package for decoding quantum error correcting codes with minimum-weight perfect matching (MWPM).
- To Nicola Mosco, to develop HomodyneCT, a software package for medical diagnostics that uses a quantum-tomography-inspired technique for state reconstruction in
order to reduce the radiation dose patients receive.
- News from UF Projects
- A new QuTiP related job posting: the position to join the QuTiP dev team can be fully remote for 2022!
- QuTiP is also participating in Google Summer of Code 2021! Deadline for student applications is in one week.
- https://quantumflytrap.com/ is growing with a new CNOT game and their first intern. They also posted a new blog post demoing interactive visualizations for qubits.
- QRand has released v0.2.0
- QWorld continues to expand globally and now has chapters in 14 countries!
- PyZX is used in new papers on the WolframPhysics project on foundations and in quantum machine learning
- Qubit x Qubit hosted a diversity in quantum computing conference
- Quantum Community Updates
- QHack was held from February 17th, 2021.
- QOSF completed the second cohort of their mentorship program. Several Unitary Fund projects were involved.
- Qiskit has launched a mentorship program
- Unitary Fund advisor Michal Stechly started a new podcast "Noisy Intermediate-Scale Podcast".
- IBM Quantum has released more open source software: qiskit metal for designing superconducting quantum hardware; active reset; and their new software roadmap.
- QC40 will be held in May to celebrate 40 years of QC Research
Best wishes to all of you,
Will and the Unitary Fund Team