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 The Annual Boole Lecture Series in Informatics was established and is

sponsored by the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork

Constraint Computation Centre, the Department of Computer Science, and

School of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. The lectures

are published in the Computer Journal.

 

 

TITLE: "QUANTUM INFORMATION: A GLIMPSE AT THE STRANGE

              AND INTRIGUING FUTURE OF INFORMATION"

 

SPEAKER:  PROF. DAN C. MARINESCU,

                     SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE,

                     UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA,

                     HTTP://WWW.CS.UCF.EDU/~DCM/

 

 

TIME & DATE:  8PM ON THURSDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY 2007

LOCATION: BOOLE LECTURE THEATRE 3, UCC

 

                                                ABSTRACT

 

During the last few decades of the twentieth century the world has

witnessed the development of the microprocessor, high-speed optical

communications, high density storage technologies and the widespread use

of sensors. Today, we are able to collect enormous volumes of

information, process and transmit it at high speed, store it on digital

media and share it using the World Wide Web. This information revolution

profoundly affects our daily life. Surely George Boole would be very

surprised to see how the seeds he planted in his 1847 pamphlet

"Mathematical Analysis of Logic" have flourished.

 

Today, we are approaching the limits of our current technology and

information processing is facing new challenges that limit our ability

to build faster and smaller computing machines; we have a hard time

ensuring security of communications; we are overwhelmed by the volume of

information flowing to our desktop, and it is increasingly difficult to

tell the important information from the irrelevant.

 

One promising way of tacking these problems is Quantum Computing.

Quantum information has special and wondrous properties and the payoff

of mastering quantum information could be equally astounding since, in

principle, quantum computers will be able to solve problems that cannot

be solved with today's computers.

 

In this talk Prof Marinescu will be exploring the strange world of

Quantum Computing and will be asking if Quantum Computing will be the

way forward in the 21st Century.