Quantum Circuit Design Automation (24w5307)


(Dalhousie University)

(Simon Fraser University)

Olivia Di Matteo (The University of British Columbia)

Vadym Kliuchnikov (Microsoft)

Romy Minko (University of Bristol)


The Banff International Research Station will host the “Quantum Circuit Design Automation” workshop at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna, B.C., from June 2 - 7, 2024.

In the past five years, the field of quantum computing has experienced a tremendous amount of growth. It has evolved from small devices in university research labs to the state where anyone in the general public can go online and run a program on a quantum device. Quantum computers are now increasing in size and their quality is improving. We are beginning to undergo a shift that will take us from the “noisy, intermediate-scale” devices of today to the large-scale quantum computers that will one day solve industrially- and societally-relevant problems. However, to move forward we require advances in the tools that we use to write and run algorithms on them.

This workshop will unite several communities of researchers focused on varying parts of the quantum software stack: the translation of quantum algorithms into instructions a quantum computer can understand (i.e., the process of quantum circuit compilation); the design, optimization, and verification of those circuits; circuit simulation; and the extension and scaling of methods to work with the fault-tolerant (error-corrected) devices of the future. The interaction of researchers at multiple layers of this stack will lead to cross-pollination of ideas that enables co-design of all these elements. Furthermore, the novel methods developed, and improvements in their scaling, will further drive quantum computing research and applications, bringing us closer to the solution of today’s most important problems.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. BIRS is supported by Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta’s Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).