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Macklin Quantum Information Sciences Group (MQuIS)

2/8/2020: MQuIS Present at SQuInT in Eugene, Oregon

Five students traveled to the 22nd Annual SQuInT Workshop, Feb 8-10, 2020 in Eugene, OR. Graduate students Alex Staron, Denuwan Vithanage, and Kefeng (Kevin) Jiang, as well as undergraduate students Jianqiao (Thomas) Li and Linzhao (Lucy) Zhuo, all presented posters of their research with Drs. E. Carlo Samson and Samir Bali. In addition, a Miami Alumnus, Ka Wa Yip (MS ’15), presented a poster on his current work as a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Southern California.

SQuInT (Southwest Quantum Information and Technology) is a highly prestigious workshop on quantum information. Besides some speakers who are invited from around the nation, the rest of the participants are drawn from about 25 distinguished member institutions in academia and industry. There were just over 100 poster presenters this year, comprising mostly of graduate and postdoctoral students from SQuInT member research universities (Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Caltech, Maryland, UT Austin, Univ. S. California, and Arizona), national labs (NIST, Sandia, NASA Ames, and LANL), and research labs in industry (Google, IBM, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, ColdQuanta, and IonQ). Miami is just one of five primarily undergraduate / MS institutions invited, the other four being CalPoly-San Luis, Harvey Mudd, Chapman University, and Carleton College.

2/10/2019: 21st Annual SQuInT Workshop

This week four of our students traveled to the 21st Annual SQuInT Workshop in Albuquerque, NM. Graduate students Ken DeRose, Mitch Mazzei, and Alex Staron, as well as UG student Jayson Rook, all presented posters of their research with Drs. Bali and Rice. In addition, two Miami Alums were also presenting. Charles Baldwin (MS ’11) presented a poster and Shohini Ghose (BS ’96) gave an invited talk. Check out the TED talk Ghose gave last November.

Ken DeRose was one of twenty students selected for a Best Poster award from over seventy presenters comprising mostly graduate students and postdocs from SQuInT-member research universities (Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Caltech, Maryland, UT Austin, and Arizona), national labs (NIST, Sandia, NASA Ames, and LANL), and research labs in industry (Google, Microsoft, and Northrup Grumman).

2/26/2018: MQuIS Group Attend SQuInT Conference Santa Fe

For the third year in a row, members of the Macklin Quantum Information Sciences (MQUIS) group presented their research at the Southwestern Quantum Information and Technology (SQuInT) meeting. Five MS students, Anthony Rapp, Kenneth DeRose, Tyler Thurtell, Daniel King, Mitchell Mazzei, and undergraduate Jayson Rook (BS 2020) presented posters. Their research centered on making better single photon memories, applications of category theory to quantum field theory, optical ratchet devices, Dicke-narrowed optical transitions, and a new class of photonics devices exhibiting parity-time symmetry. Research advisers Dr. Samir Bali and Dr. Perry Rice also attended.

SQuInT began as a regional meeting 20 years ago but the network has expanded to include universities (Stanford, Caltech, Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Oregon, Washington), national labs (Sandia, NIST-Boulder, Los Alamos, NASA Ames, HRL), international institutes in Canada, Australia, and Mexico, and industrial labs (Google, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman). Miami is an undergraduate node in the network - one of only five including Harvey Mudd, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chapman University, and Carleton College. Participants are invited only from these select institutions.

2/27/2017: Two Undergraduates Present at SQuInT 2017

Undergraduates Anthony Rapp of the Bali Research Group and Austin Nar, a researcher with Dr. Perry Rice, presented their research at the SQUINT 2017 meeting. They attended the conference on full scholarship, held on the beautiful campus at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Anthony reported on his work on cold atoms in an optical lattice, and Austin on cold atoms coupled to an optical fiber. The meeting, which Dr. Rice also attended, brings together the broad community of researchers in Quantum Information Science, including experimental physicists, theorists, and computer scientists. Next year's meeting will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

3/6/2016: Miami Students Present at SQuInT Workshop

Graduate students Lyndon Cayayan (Clemens, Rice) and Ethan Clements (Bali), as well as senior Kaleb Campbell (Bali), presented their results in February at the SQuInT workshop in Albuquerque. They attended presentations of the latest research in quantum information from industry, national labs, and academic institutions. The students networked, toured UNM labs, and spoke to folks about their graduate school plans.​ Most importantly, they were able to discuss their research directly with some of the finest researchers in the field. Next year's meeting will be at LSU in Baton Rouge.

1/12/2016: Macklin Quantum Information Sciences Group becomes a Node of the Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Network

The Macklin Quantum Information Sciences Group from Miami’s Physics Department has been invited to be a node (member) of the internationally renowned Southwestern Quantum Information and Technology network (SQuInT).  The MQuIS Group, led by Professor Perry Rice, will be one of only four predominantly undergraduate physics institutions in SQuInT. The Miami Physics QI Group is comprised of four faculty members, Perry Rice, James Clemens, Samir Bali, and AJ Hachtel. Currently, the group has 12 undergraduates and eight MS graduate students doing research with collaborations at VAON Corp, University of Maryland/Joint Quantum Institute, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The MQuIS Group is in “exciting company” which reflects well on the Group’s current status in the burgeoning field of Quantum Information. The other three non-Ph.D. institutional nodes in SQuInT are Harvey Mudd College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Carleton College. Miami alumni have gone on to earn Ph.D.’s at the research universities in the group, and this is truly a recognition of their fine work.

Being a node of SQuInT will bring a number of unique opportunities to the MQuIS Group’s faculty and students. In addition to annual SQuInT meetings and research collaborations, a member of the Miami group will serve on the SQuInT Steering Committee that decides on governance. Undergraduate student Kaleb Campbell and graduate students Lyndon Cayayan and Ethan Clements will present their research at the Annual SQuInT Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 18-20, 2016. The Group is excited about the promise for future research in conjunction with SQuInT, both great news and a singular achievement for Miami University undergraduate research.

From the SQuInT website:

"The rapidly advancing field of Quantum Information Science is a synergy of many different disciplines including information science, complexity theory, computer science, and various branches of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. As such, collaborative efforts are necessary to bridge the gaps between these various arenas and to further the flow of ideas. Taking advantage of the local southwestern expertise in this field, and building on existing enthusiasm and momentum to collaborate, we have formed a local network of universities, national laboratories, and industry. The purpose of this network is to facilitate the exchange of resources - intellectual and human - amongst the node institutions. Membership in the network is currently focused on, but not limited to, the southwest region of the US (hence the name). SQuInT was founded Dec 17, 1998, at the IBM Almaden Research Center."

Other SQuInT network nodes are:

Research Universities

  • Stanford University, Applied Physics
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigacionnes Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas
  • University of California, Berkeley, Physics
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Physics
  • University of California, San Diego, Mathematics
  • University of Oregon, Physics
  • University of Southern California, Electrical Engineering
  • University of Washington, Physics

National Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC): University of New Mexico, University of Arizona
  • Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Louisiana State University
  • Institute for Quantum Information and Matter. Caltech (IQIM)
  • Joint Quantum Institute (JQI): University of Maryland, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg

National Laboratories

  • Quantum Information Science Initiative, Information Science and Technology Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL), NASA Ames Research Center

Industrial Laboratories

  • HRL Laboratories
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • Quantum Architectures and Computation Group (QuARC), Microsoft Research
  • Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL), Google Research

Undergraduate Institutions

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Physics
  • Carleton College, Physics
  • Harvey Mudd College, Physics

International Centers and Institutes

  • Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, a consortium of four Australian universities (UQ, USydney, Macquarie, UWA)
  • Institute for Quantum Information Science, University of Calgary
  • National Institute of Science and Technology for Quantum Information (INCTIQ), a consortium of fifteen Brazilian institutions

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