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NASA research scientist and Lead of NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley

Guest Bio

Dr. Eleanor Rieffel’s research spans adiabatic, measurement based, and gate model approaches to quantum computing. She is best known for her 2011 book Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction with coauthor Wolfgang Polak and published by MIT press.

Eleanor will provide a NASA perspective on quantum computing: Opportunities and challenges In the last couple of decades, the world has seen several stunning instances of quantum algorithms that provably outperform the best classical algorithms. For most problems, however, it is currently unknown whether quantum algorithms can provide an advantage, and if so by how much, or how to design quantum algorithms that realize such advantages. The next few years will be exciting as empirical testing of quantum algorithms becomes ever more feasible.

Eleanor will participate in the NASA Next Technology panel to discuss innovative technologies including ADEPT umbrella heat shield, quantum computing, aviation and more.