
Viterbi Distinguished Lecture
Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 04:00 PM  05:30 PM
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Speaker: Professor Peter Shor, MIT
Talk Title: Capacities for Quantum Communication Channels
Series: Viterbi Lecture
Abstract: In 1948, Shannon discovered his famous formula for the capacity of a communication channel. This formula does not apply, however, to channels with significant quantum effects. For quantum channels, the question of capacity is much more complicated, as there are different capacities for sending classical information and for sending quantum information. We will discuss the capacities of quantum channels, and survey the historical development of the subject.
Biography: Peter Shor received a B.S. in Mathematics from Caltech in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from M.I.T. After a oneyear postdoctoral fellowship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he took a job at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and stayed at AT&T until 2003. In 2003, he went to M.I.T., where he is the Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics.
Until 1994, he worked on algorithms for conventional computers and did research in probability and combinatorics. In 1994, after thinking about the problem on and off for nearly a year, he discovered an algorithm for factoring large integers into primes on a quantum computer (still hypothetical, but steadily becoming less so). Since then, he has mainly been investigating quantum computing and quantum information theory.
Among other awards, he has received the Nevanlinna Prize, the Goedel prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences.
Host: Professor Sandeep K. Gupta
Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/547084462Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB)  132
WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/547084462
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
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