Program


Invited talks are
 35 minutes including five minutes of Q&A and are in bold below.
Contributed talks are 20 minutes including two minutes of Q&A.

       
aaaa Sunday June 26, 2016    
  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Erwin, Venice
Welcome reception at Hotel Erwin, Venice  
       
  Monday June 27, 2016    
  8:30am - 9:00am
Courtyard
Check in and breakfast at Google Los Angeles  
  9:00am - 10:30am
The Doors
SESSION 1, Chair: Hidetoshi Nishimori (Tokyo Tech)  
    Hartmut Neven (Google)
Opening remarks: Why we believe quantum annealing will succeed (video)
 
    Vasil Denchev (Google)
What is the computational value of finite range tunneling? (video)
 
    Kostyantyn Kechedzhi (USRA)
Multi-qubit quantum tunneling as a computational resource
 
  10:30am - 11:00am Break  
  11:00am - 12:30pm
The Doors
SESSION 2, Chair: Boris Altshuler (Columbia University)  
    Helmut Katzgraber (Texas A&M)
Quantum vs classical optimization: A status update on the arms race (video)
 
    Zheng Zhu (Texas A&M)
Predicting quantum tunneling advantage in random spin-glass and application problems
 
    Guglielmo Mazzola (ETH Zurich)
Quantum Monte Carlo simulations and quantum annealing (video)
 
  12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard
Lunch at Google Los Angeles  
  1:30pm - 3:15pm
The Doors
SESSION 3, Chair: Edward Farhi (MIT)  
    Aram Harrow (MIT)
Quantum Monte Carlo vs tunneling in adiabatic optimization (video)
 
    Elizabeth Crosson (Caltech)
Simulated quantum annealing can be exponentially faster than classical simulated annealing (video)
 
    Emile Hoskinson (D-Wave)
Domain freeze-out in quantum annealing
 
  3:15pm - 3:30pm Break  
  3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Doors & The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION A, Chair: Stephen Jordan (NIST)
The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION B, Chair: Eleanor Rieffel (NASA)
The Doors
    Masoud Mohseni (Google)
Inhomogeneous quasi-adiabatic driving of quantum critical dynamics (video)
Salvatore Mandra (Harvard & NASA)
Strengths and weaknesses of weak-strong cluster problems: A detailed overview of state-of-the-art classical heuristics vs quantum approaches
    Andrew King (D-Wave)
Diagnosing and mitigating first-order quantum phase transitions
Walter Vinci (USC)
An optimal stopping approach for benchmarking probabilistic optimizers (video)
    Trevor Lanting (D-Wave)
Techniques for modifying annealing trajectories in quantum annealing processors
Sergey Knysh (NASA)
Yet another adiabatic condition
    Vadim Smelyanskiy (Google)
Quantum annealing via environment-mediated quantum diffusion (video)
Adolfo del Campo (University of Massachusetts)
Driving spin systems with noisy control fields: limits to adiabatic protocol (video)
  5:00pm - 6:00pm Get dinner on your own and walk on the beach  
  6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Big Lebowski
Poster session  
       
  Tuesday June 28, 2016    
  8:30am - 9:00am
Courtyard
Breakfast at Google Los Angeles  
  9:00am - 10:30am
The Doors
SESSION 4, Chair: Andre Petukhov (NASA)  
    John Martinis (Google)
Roadmap for building a quantum computer (video)
 
    Yu Chen (Google)
Building quantum annealer v2.0 (video)
 
    Robert McDermott (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Origin and suppression of 1/f magnetic flux noise (video)
 
  10:30am - 11:00am Break  
  11:00am - 12:30pm
The Doors
SESSION 5, Chair: John Martinis (Google)  
    Danna Rosenberg (MIT Lincoln Labs)
3D integration for superconducting qubits
 
    David Hover (MIT Lincoln Labs)
Tunably coupled high-coherence flux qubit architecture suitable for quantum annealing
 
    Peter McMahon (Stanford)
A fully-programmable measurement-feedback OPO Ising machine with all-to-all connectivity (video)
 
  12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard
Lunch at Google Los Angeles  
  1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Doors
SESSION 6, Chair: Mohammad Amin (D-Wave)  
    Wim van Dam (UC Santa Barbara)
Merits and limitations of asymptotic analyses for quantum adiabatic optimization
 
    Antonello Scardicchio (ICTP)
The quantum spin glass transition on the regular random graph (video)
 
    Zhang Jiang (NASA)
Scaling analysis and instantons for thermally-assisted tunneling and Quantum Monte Carlo simulations (video)
 
  3:00pm - 3:30pm Break  
  3:30pm - 5:30pm
The Doors & The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION C, Chair: Bob Lucas (ISI) 
The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION D, Chair: Toby Cubitt (UCL) 
The Doors
    David Ferguson (Northrop Grumman)
Enabling components for quantum enhanced optimization: past and future
Sergio Boixo (Google)
Towards quantum supremacy with pre-fault-tolerant devices (video)
    Paul Warburton (UCL)
Going beyond two-body interactions in a superconducting flux qubit annealer
Rolando Somma (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Quantum algorithms for computing partition functions
    Andre G. Petukhov (NASA)
Low frequency noise and inhomogeneous spin diffusion in superconducting flux qubits
Evgeny Andriyash (D-Wave)
Quantum Boltzmann Machine
    Maxim Vavilov (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Tunable dissipative elements for thermalization of qubit systems based on resistance shunted Josephson junctions
Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (NASA)
A quantum-assisted algorithm for sampling applications in machine learning (video)
    Stefan Filipp (IBM Research)
Controlled interactions between superconducting qubits for adiabatic quantum simulations (video)
Nike Dattani (Oxford & Kyoto University)
Three new ways to reduce multi-qubit interactions in AQC without adding auxiliary qubits
  5:30pm - 6:30pm Get dinner on your own and walk on the beach  
  6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Doors

Panel discussion 
Moderator: Masoud Mohseni (Google)
Mohammad Amin (D-Wave)
Helmut Katzgraber (Texas A & M)
Daniel Lidar (USC)
John Martinis (Google)
Hidetoshi Nishimori (Tokyo Tech)
Vadim Smelyanskiy (Google)
Paul Warburton (UCL)

 
       
  Wednesday June 29, 2016    
  8:30am - 9:00am
Courtyard
Breakfast at Google Los Angeles  
  9:00am - 10:30am
The Doors
SESSION 7, Chair: Daniel Lidar (USC)  
    Wolfgang Lechner (University of Innsbruck)
Parity adiabatic quantum computing (video)
 
    Tameem Albash (USC)
Simulated annealing comparison between all-to-all connectivity schemes (video)
 
    Aidan Roy (D-Wave)
Locally-structured embedding: an alternative approach to mapping constrained optimization problems to noisy quantum annealing processors
 
  10:30am - 11:00am Break  
  11:00am - 12:30pm
The Doors
SESSION 8, Chair: Rolando Somma (Los Alamos National Laboratory)  
    Toby Cubitt (UCL)
Hamiltonian simulation and universal models
 
    Oleksandr Kyriienko (Niels Bohr Institute)
Floquet quantum annealing with superconducting circuit (video)
 
    Peter Love (Tufts University)
Testing adiabatic quantum computers using simple quantum simulation (video)
 
  12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard
Lunch at Google Los Angeles  
  1:30pm - 3:00pm
Rooms throughout Google LA
Unconference, Chair: Hartmut Neven (Google)  
  3:00pm - 3:30pm Break  
  3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Doors & The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION E, Chair: Peter Love (Tufts University)
The Big Lebowski
PARALLEL SESSION F, Chair: Brian Jacobs (IARPA)
The Doors
    Kathleen Hamilton (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Integrated QPU - CPU programming: parallelized minor embedding and parameter setting framework
Stephen Jordan (NIST)
Adiabatic quantum computing vs. diffusion Monte Carlo (video)
    Gili Rosenberg (1QBit)
Boosting quantum annealer performance via quantum persistence (video)
Itay Hen (USC)
Classical modeling of quantum tunneling (video)
    Nicholas Chancellor (Durham University)
Max-k-SAT, multi-body frustration, and multi-body sampling on a two local Ising system (video)
Giuseppe Carleo (ETH Zurich)
Accurate description of adiabatic quantum optimization for a large number of qubits
    Layla Hormozi (MIT)
Coupled quantum fluctuations and quantum annealing (video)
Masayuki Ohzeki (Kyoto University)
Avoiding negative sign problem in simulation of quantum annealing (video)
  5:00pm - 7:00pm Bike, walk, taxi, uber to dinner in Santa Monica  
  7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Bungalow, Santa Monica
Conference dinner at The Bungalow, Santa Monica  
       
  Thursday June 30, 2016    
  9:00am - 5:30pm
Google Santa Barbara
Tour of Google Santa Barbara quantum hardware lab