Summer School on Quantum and Q-Inspired Computing (online)

May 20, 2021


Organized by CSIC and Menéndez-Pelayo International University
6th - 10th September 2021


  • Mari Carmen Bañuls (Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
  • Jacob Biamonte (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Alba Cervera Lierta (University of Toronto)
  • Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Samuel Fernández Lorenzo (Q-Inspired)
  • Juan José García Ripoll (IFF-CSIC)
  • Alejandro Perdomo Ortiz(Zapata Computing)
  • Diego Porras (IFF-CSIC)
  • Juan Luis Sánchez Toural
  • Germán Sierra (IFT-CSIC)
  • Roberta Zambrini (IFISC-CSIC)


  • Diego Porras (IFF-CSIC)
  • Juan José García Ripoll (IFF-CSIC)

This online summer school is a five-day practical introduction to quantum computing. Online lectures will cover topics such as quantum programming (QISKIT), variational quantum computing and machine learning, and applications in optimization and finance. We will also have introductory lectures on quantum-inspired computing, which relies on classical algorithms that emulate some of the working principles of quantum computers, but can be executed in ordinary devices.

Students will be offered a selection of practical problems that can be addressed with quantum computers. They will work in teams to develop a piece of quantum software to solve the proposed tasks. The summer school has two practical 2-hour sessions, during which the school organizers will supervise the work by the students. Finally, each student team will present their work at the end of the school. Even though this is a short course, it will provide students with the necessary resources to start working and getting prepared for quantum computing.

Required background

This online summer school is ideally suited for final year students, PhD students in this or related research fields, or professionals interested in learning quantum computing.

The summer school requires to have attended at least an elementary course in quantum mechanics, as well as basic knowledge of python. Interested students with a different scientific degree than Physics, e.g. in Chemistry, Mathematics or Engineering, are also encouraged to apply, however they are recommended to review or self-study basic principles and ideas in quantum mechanics, if this was not part of their degree.


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