DI Webinar – Mina Doosti, University of Edinburgh

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From Quantum Computing to Quantum Mechanics: A journey backwards in time

Quantum computing is a beautiful combination of quantum physics and computer science that has been brought to life by some of the most brilliant and unintuitive ideas of the past century. It is, for sure, one of the most exciting and hot-topic research areas of our time. Maybe, for this reason, it has been wrapped around many mysteries and media buzz. But one thing is sure: It has already hugely impacted our understanding of the world around us, and as many researchers in this field believe, this is just the entrance of the rabbit hole! Quantum computers exploit phenomena from the world of subatomic particles which are governed by rules of physics, quite different from our common sense and everyday experience. In this talk, we will start from the current developments of quantum computers and research frontiers of this field, and we go backwards in time to where it all started. In this short journey, we will try to unravel some of the truth from fiction, grasp a better understanding of quantum computers, and at the same time dive into the fascinating world of quantum science and see how deep the rabbit hole goes!


My name is Mina Doosti. I am a 3rd-year PhD student in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Elham Kashefi and Myrto Arapinis. My research centres around quantum cryptography and quantum computing. I have completed my Master and Bachelor of Science in physics at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. I have spent more than six years studying and teaching quantum mechanics and quantum computing and I am very enthusiastic about helping myself and others to understand them better.