2018 March Meeting, Elections, and more

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

2018 March Meeting, Elections, and more

March 10, 2018 Conferences Elections 0

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the largest March Meeting in history, both in terms of overall attendance as well as representation by DQI/GQI. Thinking back to my first year as editor of The Times (back when it was a print publication), I recall publishing an overview of most of the sessions. That was in 2006 when we had 12 sessions. This year, DQI sponsored or co-sponsored 76 sessions making a conference overview (much less an actual summary) virtually impossible. But that should be viewed as good news. DQI has come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2005 (actually, we began with a petition in 2002). In some ways, “quantum” is the new buzzword and industry involvement is increasing rapidly. While we had our usual sessions on superconducting qubits, quantum algorithms, and quantum error correction (along with three quantum foundations sessions!), we sponsored two sessions on quantum resource theories, two sessions on quantum thermodynamics, and even a session on quantum acoustics (yes, it’s a thing!). What is perhaps most striking is how far the field has come in terms of quantum architectures and implementations. It’s worth five minutes of your time to go back to the 2006 March Meeting bulletin and do a search on “TGQI” just to see how much progress has been made in the field as a whole. DQI now boasts roughly 2,000 members and represents more than 4% of the APS’ total membership.

Attendance at the Business Meeting was again very good (though we apologize for the mix-up with the food—it will not happen again we hope!). We welcomed two new APS Fellows into the fold this year: Norbert Lütkenhaus (IQC and evolutionQ) and Margaret Reid (Swinburne). We heartily congratulate them!

One of the highlights of this year’s meeting was the first-ever DQI Prize Session which included a talk by Aram Harrow (MIT) who is the second recipient of the Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing (Andrea Morello from UNSW was the inaugural recipient last year).

Award namesake Charlie Bennett (IBM) was in the audience since he also happens to be DQI’s first-ever APS Councilor (more on that below). Barry Simon of Caltech, who is this year’s recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, also spoke during the session. Both awards were well-deserved.

The March Meeting, of course, was preceded by our election. Since we are now a division, there are some changes that have been made to our governing structure. Most notably, as an APS division, we now have an elected APS Councilor who represents DQI on the APS Council. As mentioned above, Charlie Bennett (IBM) won that election over Carl Caves (UNM). In addition, we have gained one additional Member-at-Large on our Executive Committee. Andrew Landahl (Sandia), who apparently hadn’t had his fill of DQI Executive Committee dinners, has won election as our third Member-at-Large, joining Eleanor Rieffel (NASA) and Stephanie Wehner (TU Delft). Andrew Houck (Princeton) has won election as Vice-Chair, putting him in line to succeed Jay Gambetta (IBM). Emily Pritchett (HRL) won election as Secretary-Treasurer, succeeding Mark Byrd (SIU-Carbondale).

I’d like to take a moment to publicly thank Mark for his efforts on getting us to division status. There was a noticeable jump in membership a few years ago that was largely due to Mark’s efforts. Mark also did all the heavy lifting required to get us through the process of becoming a division (paperwork, etc.). His efforts were invaluable.

The future of DQI and quantum information in general looks bright! We would like to improve this website, The Quantum Times, and ensure that it becomes a resource for the community at large. In doing so, we need your help with submissions and readership. Submissions are easier than ever since the site is powered by WordPress. Simply submit something—be it a job posting, a conference announcement, an article, or a “letter to the editor”—and someone will process it (i.e. make sure it isn’t spam). The whole process can be as quick as a few hours from submission to posting (sometimes less). This is in contrast to the print version when we only published a few times a year. So please do submit and read! And we hope to see you next year in Boston!

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