JUNE 18–22, 2017

Session Details

Name: Quantum Annealing & Its Applications for Simulation in Science & Industry
Time: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
08:30 am - 10:00 am
Room:   Panorama 2
Messe Frankfurt
Breaks:07:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome Coffee
10:00 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
Chair:   Kristel Michielsen, JSC
Abstract:   Optimization challenges are omnipresent in scientific research and industrial applications. They emerge in planning of production processes, drug-target interaction prediction, cancer radiation treatment scheduling, flight and train scheduling, vehicle routing, and trading. Optimization also plays an increasingly important role in computer vision, image processing, data mining and machine learning.
The task in many of these optimization challenges is to find the best solution among a finite set of feasible solutions. Such problems are formulated as discrete optimization problems.
Quantum annealing is a new technique that exploits quantum fluctuations to solve optimization problems. Its main potential use is in solving combinatorial optimization problems featuring a discrete search space with many local minima.
D-Wave Systems is the first company that commercializes quantum annealers. Their quantum annealers are programmable integrated circuits of superconducting qubits, the quantum equivalents of bits in a digital computer, that perform quantum annealing. The latest D-Wave system, D-Wave 2000Q™, comprises more than 2000 qubits. The availability of operational hardware of this size allows for the exploration of quantum annealing for a range of real-world applications. In this session, apart from an introduction to general principles of quantum annealing and quantum annealer hardware, results of such endeavours in science and industry will be discussed.
Presentations: An Introduction to Quantum Annealing
08:30 am - 08:45 am
  Kristel Michielsen, JSC
Qubits, Couplers & Quantum Computing in 2017
08:50 am - 09:10 am
  Denny Dahl, D-Wave Systems
Quantum Annealing for Aerospace Planning Problems
09:15 am - 09:35 am
  Tobias Stollenwerk, DLR
Maximizing Traffic Flow Using the D-Wave Quantum Annealer
09:40 am - 10:00 am
  Florian Neukart, VW
  Christian Seidel, VW