Budapest Distributed Quantum Systems seminar

This was an online seminar series organized for 2021 Feb-March jointly by Lóránt Farkas at Nokia Bell Labs, András Pályi at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and Zoltán Zimborás at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics and BME. Talks were recorded and available upon request (email: lorant.farkas at nokia-bell-labs dot com). Thanks for all speakers for the nice talks, and for the audience for their interest and activity!




Note that 14:30 CET means 5:30am in California, 8:30am in New York, 13:30 in London, 16:30 in Moscow, 21:30 in Beijing, 22:30 in Tokyo, 00:30am in Sydney.


The Audience & The Sessions


1) Audience. The primary target audience is


  • Nokia Bell Labs researchers: physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists.
  • Our research group in Budapest (BME & Wigner RCP) working on quantum information and condensed matter.

We also actively advertise the series within the local research environments of the speakers. That is: Moscow, Delft, and Budapest. We do not actively advertise this series outside these organizations, but upon request, we do consider taking further participants. If you'd like to join, please contact Lóránt Farkas at lorant.farkas at nokia-bell-labs dot com.

2) Background. Our target is to bring the audience to the same page before starting the seminar series: basics of quantum information (gates, circuits, at least one simple algorithm) and the BB84 protocol of quantum key distribution. Our suggested reading materials for those participants who want to catch up/brush up are the following parts of the book Nielsen & Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information:
  • Quantum state, gates, measurements, circuits: chapters
    1.2 Quantum bits (~ 4 pages)
    1.3 Quantum computation (~ 11 pages)
    1.4 Quantum algorithms (~ 13 pages)
  • Quantum Key Distribution:
    12.6.3 Quantum Key Distribution (~ 6 pages)
3) Attitude. Especially because of the involvement of Nokia Bell Labs, our goal is to import high-level, practical knowledge, perhaps with an outlook on technological or even business opportunities and pitfalls. For this particular seminar series, it is less relevant for us to immediately understand physics fundamentals or technical details. 
4) Time. Speakers should prepare presentations of duration between 45 and 75 minutes. The talks will be followed by an informal discussion (15-30 minutes). Each session is at most 90 minutes long.
5) Platform. We use Microsoft Teams for the sessions. 



Contact us at palyi at eik dot bme dot hu, or lorant.farkas at nokia-bell-labs dot com, or zimboras.zoltan at wigner dot hu.