International Conference on Rydbergs at Durham
20-22 July 2015, JQC @ Durham
Co-edited by JQC Members
The JQC is a Joint Research Centre, broadly dedicated to varied aspects of quantum science and technology. The JQC was founded in 2012, and is composed of members from Durham Physics and Chemistry, and Newcastle Applied Mathematics and Mechanical and Systems Engineering.
Edited by Viv Kendon with colleagues Susan Stepney and Angelika Sebald from York, "Heterotic computing'' is the composition of two or more kinds of physical computational substrates to produce a computer that has distinct computational advantages over the individual systems alone. This is common in practice, e.g., the GPS chips in most mobile phones and digital cameras complement the processing chips that provide the main functionality. Our vision for hybrid computational systems is far broader, encompassing novel substrates from quantum to biological and chemical. This special issue dedicated to heterotic computing grew out of a Royal Society Theo Murphy Discussion meeting in November 2013, which brought together researchers in these broad areas of unconventional computing to consider how these might be combined. The result is a collection of articles covering the state of the art in biological, bio-inspired, and chemical computing, along with theoretical advances in how to model and understand such computational systems. Many of the contributions have practical applications to health and environmental monitoring, or to efficient programming of distributed networks of computational devices such as mobile sensors, as well as deepening our understanding of computing in physical systems. Taken as a whole, they lay out the challenges and future directions for this rapidly growing area of computer science.
JQC researcher James Keaveney’s photograph of the Nanometre-thick vapour cell used in his research was a winner of the recent EPSRC Science Photo Competition (https://www.flickr.com/photos/epsrc/sets/72157651335202305/), winning the 'Equipment' category.
As part of Dr Viv Kendon's recently awarded EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, there are two positions available to carry out research into various theoretical and computational aspects of “Hybrid quantum and classical computing”. Closing date of applications: 31st May, 2015.
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