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PAF: Programming a real quantum computer

Instructors:   Peter Brown    Francesco Mazzoncini    Tristan Nemoz    Thomas Van Himbeeck   
In this intensive 2-week project, students will learn the basic operating and principles of quantum computers and quantum algorithms. They will then test and expand their understanding by programming a real quantum computer available through the cloud (IBM Quantum Experience).

PHY101: Micro et nano-physique

Instructors:   Romain Alléaume    Renaud Gabet    Frédéric Grillot    Alain Sibille    Cédric Ware    Isabelle Zaquine   
An introduction to quantum physics, statistical physics and semiconductor physics, in order to understand the working principles of simple components such as Schottky junctions and MOS transistors.


ACCQ206: Introduction to Quantum Technologies

Instructors:   Romain Alléaume    Peter Brown   
This course aims at introducing the basics of quantum technologies as an application of quantum information theory. We will study qubits (the simplest quantum systems) and how they interact to give rise to quantum computers. We will also learn the basics of entanglement, quantum algorithms, quantum error correction and quantum cryptography. Throughout the course we will give a perspective of the current state of the art and the future of quantum technologies.

MDI210: Numerical Analysis

Instructors:   Olivier Hudry    Bertrand Meyer    Olivier Fercoq    Angelo Saadeh    Ekhine Irurozki    Peter Brown   
This course is devoted to numerical analysis and continuous optimization. The first half covers linear programming (simplex algorithm, duality) and in the second half we explore nonlinear optimization (gradient methods, Newton's method). The course includes two practical sessions (TP) where knowledge gained from the lectures are used to design algorithms to solve certain problems.


PRIM380: Quantum Engineering project

Instructors:   Romain Alléaume    Peter Brown    Thomas Van Himbeeck    Augustin Vanrietvelde    Cambyse Rouzé    Mirjam Weilenmann    Nicolas Fabre   
This is a project-based course. Based on the interest of the student and with the supervisor's approval, a 3-4 month research project will be undertaken into a topic within the broad field of quantum technologies. The assessment is based on a written report and an oral presentation.

QEng301: Mathematical basics of quantum theory

Instructors:   Romain Alléaume    Peter Brown   
This course aims at providing the necessary background to study advanced quantum information theory and quantum computing with a program tailored to the background of the students. It covers topics such as generalized states, generalized measurements, quantum channels and entropies and runs over a few weeks at the beginning of the term. The course is organized in the "flipped classroom" model, where the students are given reading material and exercises that they should study at home, followed by in-class discussion.

QEng304: Quantum Information and Quantum Cryptography

Instructors:   Romain Alléaume    Peter Brown   
This course explores various topics in both quantum information theory and quantum cryptography. The quantum information theory section of the course covers; quantum compression, channel coding, entanglement distillation and semidefinite programming tools. The quantum cryptography section of the course covers; randomness generation, quantum key distribution, security proofs, quantum networks and secure multi-party computation.