IARPA to hold proposer’s day conference for Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) program

IARPA 112On September 10, the Intelligence Advanced research Projects Activity posted the following notice:

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the QEO program on September 29, 2015, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The Conference will be held from 8 am to 5 pm EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

QEO seeks to harness quantum effects required to enhance quantum annealing solutions to hard combinatorial optimization problems. The physics underlying quantum enhancement will be corroborated by design and demonstration of research-scale annealing Test Beds; comprised of novel superconducting qubits, architectures, and operating procedures. All work will serve to demonstrate and quantify the maximum quantum enhancement achievable beyond state-of-art classical methods, and ultimately provide a basis for design of application-scale quantum annealers for solution of practical optimization problems.

Full information is available here.

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