Aspen Winter Conference on
Advances in Quantum Algorithms and Computation

March 11 – 17, 2018



Krysta Svore, Microsoft 
Aram Harrow, MIT

Matthias Troyer, ETH Zurich and Microsoft

Stephanie Wehner, QuTech, TU Delft


The application form is at

Please note that everyone, including organizers and invited speakers, has to apply.

Deadline for application is December 15, 2017.

Poster Session

We invite submissions of abstracts for the poster session. Titles and abstracts can be provided during the application process and can be updated at any time until the deadline.

The best poster by a junior participant will be awarded the Martin & Beate Bloch Award.

Some abstracts may be selected for contributed talks.

Conference Topic

This conference follows two previous successful conferences in 2014 and 2016 which asked: if we had a quantum computer, what would we do with it? Then, quantum computers were still hypothetical devices that would use the quantum mechanical properties of superposition and entanglement to solve problems that are likely to be forever out of reach of classical computers. Now, there is a major worldwide effort to build scalable quantum computers to realize crucial, world-changing speedups over classical computers. Even larger quantum computers are being placed online and by 2018, we expect to see the first quantum computers actually outperforming the runtime of classical computers for certain problems. We bring together experts from diverse research avenues to discuss progress in quantum algorithms, identify killer applications of quantum computers, and discuss key challenges in the development of quantum algorithms for existing small- and near-term medium-scale quantum devices. The conference will highlight topics at the forefront of quantum computing, including:

  1. Bullet  Adiabatic Quantum Optimization and Quantum Annealing

  2. Bullet Quantum Algorithms in the Quantum Circuit Model

  3. Bullet Quantum Query Models

  4. Bullet Quantum Simulation of Physical Systems

  5. Bullet Classical Methods for Simulation of Quantum Algorithms

  6. Bullet Quantum Fault Tolerance and Error Correction

  7. Bullet Quantum Hardware Advances

  8. Bullet Quantum Circuit Optimization

  9. Bullet Quantum Network Protocols