Prizes & Awards

Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing

To recognize recent outstanding contributions in quantum information science, especially using quantum effects to perform computational and information-management tasks that would be impossible or infeasible by purely classical means.

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Best Student Paper Award

Once again, GQI will award two "Best Student Paper" prizes at the APS March Meeting (2009): one for theory and one for experiment. The awards, each consisting of a $500 cash prize, are sponsored by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, respectively.

To be registered for the competition, a brief nomination letter from the student's supervisor stating that the results described in the presentation are substantially the student's own work and that the student is currently enrolled at a degree-granting institute, must be sent via email to David DiVincenzo at divince@watson.ibm.com before the March meeting commences.

The two equally weighted criteria for the award are quality of scientific results and quality of the presentation. Judging will be undertaken by an ad hoc committee consisting of senior members of GQI.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students who are both first author and presenter of any submitted (or invited) oral or poster presentation on the subject of quantum information, concepts, and computation. To be eligible, the student will be required to provide a brief nomination letter from the student's supervisor or co-supervisor, stating that the results described in the presentation are substantially the student's own work and that the student is currently enrolled at a degree-granting higher education institute.

Judging:

The two equally weighted criteria for the award are quality of scientific results and quality of the presentation. Judging is undertaken by an ad hoc committee comprising senior members of GQI, which is appointed by the GQI executive at the March meeting solely for the purpose of judging GQI student presentations at the same March meeting and presenting its recommendations to the GQI Executive. The committee of judges reports to the GQI Executive, and the GQI Executive is responsible for administering and presenting the awards at the same APS March meeting.

And the winners are ...

2008

Best Student-Paper Award in Theoretical Quantum Information at the American Physical Society March Meeting

Bilal Shaw
University of Southern California
With talk titled, "Encoding One Logical Qubit Into Six Physical Qubits".

This award is sponsored by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. It consists of a cash prize of $500.

Best Student-Paper Award in Experimental Quantum Information at the American Physical Society March Meeting

David B. Hume,
University of Colorado, Boulder,
With talk titled, "Phonon-mediated Detection of Trapped Atomic Ions".

This prize is sponsored by the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. It consists of a cash prize of $500.

The judging panel for both awards consisted of John Sipe chair (U. Toronto), Howard Barnum (LANL), Dagmar Bruss (U. Duesseldorf), Barry Sanders (U. Calgary), Lorenza Viola (Dartmouth), and Harald Weinfurter (Ludwig Maximilians, U. Munich).

 

2007

 

Best Student-Paper Award in Theoretical Quantum Information, Concepts, and Computation at the American Physical Society March Meeting

Gleb Akselrod,
Department of Physics,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This award is sponsored by the Perimeter Institute. It consists of a cash prize of $500.

Best Student-Paper Award in Experimental Quantum Information, Concepts, and Computation at the American Physical Society March Meeting

Frank Koppens,
Department of Applied Physics,
University of Technology, Delft, Niederlande.

This prize is sponsored by the Institute for Quantum Computing. It consists of a cash prize of $500.

The judging panel comprised Chris Fuchs, Carlton Caves, Steven Girvin, Matthew Leifer, Barry Sanders, John Sipe, Rob Spekkens and William Wootters.

2006

Best Student-Paper Award in Theoretical Quantum Information, Concepts, and Computation at the American Physical Society March Meeting

Michael Garrett,
Institute for Quantum Information Science,
University of Calgary.

This award is sponsored by the Perimeter Institute. It consists of a cash prize of $500.

Best Student-Paper Award in Experimental Quantum Information, Concepts, and Computation at the American Physical Society March Meeting

Chris Langer,
Time and Frequency Division,
National Institute of Standards and Technology.

This prize is sponsored by the Institute for Quantum Computing. It also consists of a cash prize of $500.

The judging panel comprised Charles Bennett, Jon Dowling, Hideo Mabuchi, Terry Rudolph, Barry Sanders and Rob Spekkens.