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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,

It's been an amazing year at Unitary Fund so far: we've grown our microgrant program, launched a new streaming talk series, and opened up a Discord server for the 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

Best wishes to all of you,

Will and the Unitary Fund Team

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