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HKUST 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series:
Quantum Computing: A Great Science in the Making
Date : 28 Jan 2016 (Thu)
Time : 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Venue : Padma and Hari Harilela Lecture Theater (LT-C), HKUST
Speaker : Prof Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
Turning Award Winner 2000
Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, Tsinghua University
Distinguished Professor-at-Large, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Language : English
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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 real quantum computers. 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.

Biography

Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao received his BS in Physics from National Taiwan University (1967), PhD in Physics from Harvard University (1972), and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois (1975). From 1975 onward, he served on the faculty at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley and Princeton University. In 2004 he joined Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he is now Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences. He also has been since 2005 a Distinguished Professor-at-Large at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Yao’s research interests are in the theory of computation and its applications to cryptography, algorithmic economics, and quantum computing. He is recipient of the prestigious A.M. Turing Award in year 2000, as well as numerous other honors and awards, including the George Polya Prize, the Donald E. Knuth Prize, and six honorary doctorates. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, and the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong.