Workshop Details
Scientific Applications of Quantum Annealers (Virtual participation)
06/11/2022 - 06/15/2022
Meeting Description:

The advent of quantum annealers (QA) is introducing a new paradigm in the way scientists approach experimentation and computation. Composed of superconducting qubits arranged in a user-programmable lattice, a QA aims to solve optimization problems by harnessing the laws of quantum mechanics. Exploiting the tunneling effect in ways that provide computational advantages not possible with conventional methods, these quantum hardware devices are a realization of Feynman's vision to study the quantum nature of things with individual objects that obey quantum mechanics. The ability to control and read out the state of individual qubits allows the scientist to have direct access to parameters at the quantum scale with unprecedented precision. Multiple applications ranging from isomer search to exotic magnetic phases identification are being developed.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together leading scientists and engineers in the use and knowledge of quantum annealers with applications in several scientific domains. We expect the topics covered by the workshop to include magnetic lattices, graph theory applied to molecular systems, biological molecules and other complexes treatable with QAs. Experimental realizations with this nascent methodology will have a central role in the workshop as well as studies quantifying the device performance to provide insights into the optimal construction of surrogate models. Discussions around developing theoretical models capable of reproducing physical systems in a qubit network while developing the protocols for assessing the performance of emerging quantum platforms will be considered.


We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering. If you have registered for a meeting you were not invited to, you may be subject to a $100 fee.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Aha School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

IMPORTANT: Participants should be aware that this workshop runs Saturday through Wednesday. Festival lodging rates will go into effect on the night of Wednesday the 15th. To avoid the rate increase, you should depart on the 15th. If your flight out of Montrose does not leave until Thursday the 16th, TSRC suggests eating dinner in Telluride on the night of the 15th, taking the shuttle to Montrose after dinner, and staying at the Hampton Inn (970-547-4120) next to the airport. You will receive a discount at the Hampton Inn by saying you are a TSRC scientist.

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Scientific Applications of Quantum Annealers (Virtual participation) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Abel, Steven Durham University
Deffner, Sebastian UMBC
del Campo, Adolfo University of Luxembourg
Forn-Díaz, Pol IFAE
Humble, Travis Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Michielsen, Kristel Jülich Supercomputing Centre/Forschungszentrum Jülich
Mniszewski, Susan Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mohseni, Masoud Google
Ohzeki, Masayuki Tohoku University
Pakin, Scott Los Alamos National Laboratory
Weber, Steven MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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