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Colloquia & Seminars, Fall 2021

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Introduction to Applications of Quantum Computing in Machine Learning

Speaker: Dr. Bhaskar Roy Bardhan
Date: Friday, Dec 3, 2021
Time: 3:00 P.M. Central Standard Time
Zoom Link:  https://wiu.zoom.us/j/98745433625

Abstract: : One of the important areas where the emerging field of quantum computing can play a crucial role is in the applications of machine learning. In this talk, I will overview a few near-term hybrid classical-quantum algorithms which are used in quantum machine learning. I will also explain the core concepts and strategies to overcome the challenges associated with these algorithms

About the speaker: Dr. Bhaskar Roy Bardhan's research interests lie at the interface of quantum computing, quantum machine learning and quantum communications and he has experience of working in these fields for more than 12 years. He received his PhD in photonic quantum computing from Louisiana State University, USA. He then joined MIT as a post-doctoral research associate. He was a visiting assistant professor of physics at State University of New York at Geneseo and a research scientist at Xanadu, a quantum computing company based in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is working as a quantum computing algorithms researcher in a company in California, USA.

 

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The way: Serendipity Optimization

Speaker: Dr. Radhika Dirks, CEO Ribo AI/XLabs
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 3:00 P.M. Central Standard Time
Zoom Link:  https://wiu.zoom.us/j/98745433625

Abstract: With new technologies pushing the frontiers of what’s humanly possible, it’s clear that the rules of innovation have changed. What’s less clear is how physics (& a solid training in physics) is indispensable to crafting the world of tomorrow. In this thought-provoking talk, Dr. Radhika Dirks will walk us through the tools that have helped her forge ahead on an uncommon path and how breaking away from traditional academia helped her break through the limits of technology, boxes and ceilings.

Dr. Dirks credits a good chunk of her extraordinary career to her training as a quantum physicist and shares her journey as well as opportunities to help the next generation of physicists thrive in non-traditional paths. With a good dose of hope, reality, mindsets & metas, she opens our minds to a variety of career possibilities that exist for anyone trained in physics and to help prepare for careers with not-yet-released titles.

About the speaker:  Named as a Forbes ‘Women in AI to Watch’ and one of the top 30 women building advanced AI, Dr. Radhika Dirks is CEO and founder of Ribo AI, a nextgen biotech finding cures for cancer. Ribo spun out of XLabs, a company specially founded and led by Dr. Dirks, to build ambitious technology moonshots which can amplify humans. Dr. Dirks frequently advises Heads of States and Fortune 100 executives on the future of disruptive technologies. She holds a PhD in quantum computing and a M.S. in nanotechnology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Scientists Role in Public Policy

Speaker: Prof. Keith Boeckelman
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 3:00 P.M. Central Standard Time
Location: 205
Zoom Link:  https://wiu.zoom.us/j/98745433625

Abstract: I will go through the stages of the public policy making process: agenda setting, formulation, implementation, and evaluation, and discuss the role scientists play at each stage.

About the speaker:  Dr Keith Boeckelman is Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Western Illinois University. He received PHD from the University of Illinois in 1990, and has taught at Texas A & M University, Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, in addition to Western. He is co-author of the book "Barack Obama: The New Face of American Politics", which explored the former president's early political career, as well as the author of many articles focusing on topics related to state and local government, public policy, and American politics. He teaches courses on American government, Illinois politics, and public policy and administration.

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