Birds-of-a-Feather Program

BoFs Scope and Goals

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions or BoFs are informal gatherings of persons interested in discussing a particular topic. The IEEE Quantum Week program features scheduled BoF Sessions addressing timely Quantum Computing and Engineering topics.

BoFs Co-Chairs and Contacts

QCE23 Birds of the Feather (BoFs) Program — Overview

Monday, Sep 18, 2023 — BoFs

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023 — BoFs

Thursday, Sep 21, 2023 — BoFs

Monday, Sep 18, 2023 — BoFs Abstracts

Date: Mon, Sep 18, 2023
Time: Between 10:00-11:30 Pacific Time (PDT) — UTC-7
Duration: 1.5 hours
Abstract: In this BOF, we focus on sharing the progress made by the Quantum Science Organization (QSO), a non-profit group of quantum science and engineer volunteers and stakeholders, since last year’s IEEE Quantum Week 2022. QSO’s progress includes our AI and Quantum Ontology project in the context of the National Science Foundation (NSF) knowledge fabric initiative (Proto-OKN) and explains why Quantum and AI Ontology is necessary to bridging the communications gap and accelerating progress in AI and quantum. We continue by reviewing AI machine learning and large language models that include OpenAI and Google for knowledge graph population and recap the strengths and weaknesses of ChatGPT and Natural Language Processing tools in assisting with knowledge extraction from text. QSO members then provide examples of quantum physics knowledge and application areas and demonstrate the beta version of QSO’s highly secure, scalable portal and infrastructure hosted on the AWS Cloud, for potentially providing global AI and quantum knowledge as a service (AQKaaS) to global participants. The QSO portal provides a user-friendly yet high-fidelity interface that links research across the various sub-fields of quantum and AI using the ISO/IEC 21838-2 ontology standard (BFO) invented by our co-founder, Dr. Barry Smith. Using BFO as our foundation allows our framework to be interoperable with ontologies such as the Industrial Ontologies Foundry, Common Core Ontology suite, Defense Intelligence Ontology Working Group, and ontology initiatives within the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and other government agencies.
Keywords: Quantum Science, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Ontology
Target Audience: The audience for this BOF is anyone interested in learning more about quantum research and collaborating with other quantum researchers. As QSO’s main objective is to explore and publicize all types of quantum research efforts, all IEEE conference attendees are welcome to attend and discuss their interests.

Date: Mon, Sep 18, 2023
Time: Between 15:00-16:30 Pacific Time (PDT) — UTC-7
Duration: 1.5 hours
Abstract: One of the key challenges in achieving fault tolerance is correcting quantum errors through effective quantum error correction (QEC) techniques. While extensive research has been devoted to the theoretical analysis of QEC schemes, building a robust software stack for QEC that integrates seamlessly with the underlying quantum hardware remains a pressing concern. This birds-of-a-feather session aims to gather researchers in error correction, industry representatives, and enthusiasts to discuss and explore the latest advancements in building the software stack for fault-tolerant quantum error correction. We welcome ideas and contributions from the quantum computing community focusing on various aspects of QEC software development, including but not limited to:
  • Quantum error correction codes, Novel code constructions, code families, and optimised code design for fault-tolerant quantum computing.
  • Software frameworks and libraries: Development and improvement of software tools, frameworks, and libraries for QEC simulations, testing, and integration.
  • Compiler and optimisation techniques: Compilation strategies, optimisations, and mapping quantum error correction circuits onto physical hardware.
  • Simulation and verification: Methods for simulating and verifying the performance of fault-tolerant quantum error correction, including noise modelling and benchmarking.
Keywords:  Quantum error correction, Fault tolerance, Quantum computing, Software development, Open-source
Target Audience: The target audience for this session includes individuals with diverse backgrounds. Our objective is to create a collaborative environment. For this reason, we welcome participation from both industry and academia, including researchers engaged in QEC research and software developers actively involved in creating tools based on these research advancements. In addition to professionals, we encourage students with a keen interest in the topic to join us, as their valuable insights and contributions can greatly support the ongoing efforts in this field.

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023 — BoFs Abstracts

Date: Tue, Sep 19, 2023
Time: Between 15:00-16:30 Pacific Time (PDT) — UTC-7
Duration: 1.5 hours
Abstract: Quantum-HPC is a newly formed working group within the IEEE Quantum Initiative with a focus on systematically specifying and addressing open challenges in the area of interfacing classical high-performance computing (HPC) with quantum computing and simulation (QCS) systems. The establishment of the IEEE Quantum-HPC Working Group stems from the organisers of this BoF working together on several sessions (panels, BoFs, workshops) in the area of QCS-HPC integration at past events including QCE, ISC-HPC, and SC. The interfacing of HPC and QCS systems provides opportunities to expand further development, access and adoption of the rapidly evolving capabilities of QCS technologies. However, this requires addressing different elements of the full stack from hardware infrastructure, interconnectivity, system software, programming tools, and use-case applications.
This BoF session will be composed of the following elements:
  1. Formal presentation of the IEEE Quantum-HPC Working by the co-chairs to the wider community in quantum computing as well as those in hybrid HPC-QCS.
  2. Solicitation of feedback through discussion with the audience on the focus, technical working structure of the working group, planned activities, and framework for engagement and growth.

Based on guidance from the QCE23 General Chair, this proposed 90-minute BoF session will serve as the official launch of the IEEE Quantum-HPC Working Group. Future activities and events of this working group will focus on community building as well as technical sessions through co-location at SC and ISC-HPC (to engage with a more HPC-focused audience), future Quantum Weeks and dedicated face-to-face workshops under the Quantum Initiative.
Keywords: Hybrid HPC-QCS technologies, IEEE Quantum Initiative Working Group, Quantum Computing
Target Audience:  Ideally a mix of participation from industry, government, and academia. The targeted attendees are from academic research and enterprise organisations from QCS and HPC communities: data centre stakeholders, computer engineers, system administrators, programmers and software developers, algorithm developers, application developers, education & training stakeholders.

Thursday, Sep 21, 2023 — BoFs Abstracts

Date: Thu, Sep 21, 2023
Time: Between 10:00-11:30 Pacific Time (PDT) — UTC-7
Duration: 1.5 hours
Abstract: Quantum technologies are rapidly advancing and have the potential to revolutionize various industries. However, the successful development and deployment of quantum solutions rely heavily on a skilled, knowledgeable and quantum-ready workforce. This Birds of a Feather (BoF) session aims to explore the current landscape of quantum education programs and initiatives, focusing on strategies, challenges, and opportunities for developing a highly skilled quantum workforce, as well as examine workforce gaps and challenges, and strategies for bridging the quantum skills gap.

In this session, we will bring together industry professionals, researchers and educators to discuss and share insights on various topics, including workforce development , diversity and inclusion to ensure a broad range of perspectives and talents, bottlenecks in spanning from people to hardware and the value of shared facilities, quantum sensors and applications and quantum education for executives. Moreover, this session will provide a platform to exchange experiences, lessons learned, and best practices in quantum workforce development. We will explore collaborative approaches, industry-academia partnerships, and the role of professional organizations in fostering a skilled quantum workforce.
Keywords: Quantum Workforce, Diversity and Inclusion, Quantum Training, Quantum education
Target Audience: Ideally a mix of participation from industry, government, and academia