How Will Quantum Computing Change Your World? Attend Lecture at HU Featuring NASA Researcher

Digital computing grows vastly more powerful every day, but did you know that the speed and power of another process on the horizon – quantum computing – could turn today’s digital computers into tomorrow’s dinosaurs?

Come to Harrisburg University at 11:30 a.m. March 2 for an exclusive lecture on the Next Big Thing in technology. These quantum computers exploit the laws of quantum physics to process information at blazing speeds, but they’ve been difficult to manufacture. Now, breakthroughs in quantum annealing, a process that promises to crack that conundrum and facilitate manufacturing, are attracting unprecedented investments in research from public and private sources.

HU’s special guest lecturer Dr. Davide Venturelli, science operations manager at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. Quantum annealing, he says, is arguably the most promising approach because it’s within the reach of current technology, as seen in the manufacture of programmable commercial devices with more than 1000 quantum bits, or qubits.

The seminar will introduce quantum computation, with a look at:

  • Theory, theoretical challenges, and current status of research.
  • Experimental results from the NASA Quantum AI Lab team on existing quantum annealers (D-Wave Two and 2X chips) tested on NP-hard applied combinatorial problems in scheduling, network optimization and statistical physics.
  • The steps needed for this technology to compete or add value to current classical high-performance computing approaches.

Venturelli graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and obtained his Ph.D. in Numerical Simulations of the Condensed Matter at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste and in Nanophysics at the Universite de Grenoble. He worked as a post-doc at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, in the Condensed Matter and Information group (CMI). Venturelli is currently Science Operations Manager at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, invested for the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) in research projects dealing with the non-equilibrium physics of statistical models relevant for quantum annealing and quantum computation,  and how these models reflect practically across different implementation technologies or computational strategies. His applied focus in quantum optimization is in complex scheduling, telecommunication networks, and robotics/distributed AI, also in collaborations with the private sector.

The event will be held in the HU Auditorium, 326 Market Street, Harrisburg. The event is free (RSVP required,, there will be food, and most importantly, attendees will get a peek around the corner at the astounding future of computing.