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Monday, February 6, 2012

QFT 1.0 | First NASA Quantum Future Technologies Conference

Despite a comprehensive and rapid advance of quantum technologies in recent years with several breakthrough areas emerging there has been no in-depth systematic discussion so far on how the quantum revolution can benefit National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) missions and objectives. This conference aims to bring together NASA scientists with the best quantum technology experts from academia, government and industry to identify the areas and challenges in Space Exploration, Aeronautics, Earth and Space Science where quantum technologies can have the greatest impact. The conference will focus on 3 areas: Quantum Measurement (QM), Quantum Computing (QC) and Quantum cryptography and key distribution (QK).

The conference topics will include theoretical understanding of measurement precision bounds offered by quantum correlations under realistic conditions of noise and decoherence; the development of next generation quantum instruments for measurements of time and distance, navigation, field sensing, and gravity wave detection, including the challenges of moving beyond laboratory prototypes.

The conference will also focus on quantum algorithms and scalable quantum computing architectures to address the need for a dramatic increase in computational power and data storage at low energy and spatial scales to address challenges in Space Exploration, Aeronautics and Space and Earth Science. The target application areas for NASA include software and hardware validation and verification, image processing, pattern recognition, anomaly detection, data mining, automation, planning, and scheduling and system diagnostics in fully autonomous regime for Deep Space and planetary missions, robot navigation, precision landing, aviation safety, air traffic control and others.

The final topic area, Quantum Cryptography, specifically Quantum key distribution protocols based on both discrete and continuous variables, encompasses technologies that promise completely secure communication. The motive for NASA is practical and secure transmission over long distances, including fiber channels and Earth-Satellite links through a turbulent atmosphere.

Presentations and Videos Available Online Here

Source: QFT 1.0 | First NASA Quantum Future Technologies Conference

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