Science at the Edge Seminar
Speaker: David Kaplan, Institute for Nuclear Theory and Department of Physics, University of Washington
Title: Computing Reality
Refreshments at 11:15 am.
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2018, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.
The world of quantum physics is complicated, and many questions about how the world works need to be addressed by computers. But even then, some of the most pressing questions are beyond the reach of classical computation. There is a lot of excitement building about the potential for quantum computers to make progress in these areas. I describe (from the perspective of a nuclear and particle theorist) some of the obstacles to classical computation, as well as both some of the optimism surrounding quantum computation and its tremendous challenges.
David Kaplan is a full professor at the University of Washington and senior fellow of the Institute for Nuclear Theory, of which he was the director from 2006–2016. His research interests are in the application of quantum field theory to the strong interactions, lattice field theory, quantum computing, cosmology, and physics beyond the Standard Model.
David is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a recipient of the Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator award, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship.