ICCUB Seminar

Quantum-assisted Machine Learning in Near-Term Quantum Devices

By Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz   

Thursday 20 Jun , 14:00:00

Place: DAM Seminar (724)
E-mail: secretariacientifica@icc.ub.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/view/aperdomoortiz

With quantum computing technologies nearing the era of commercialization and quantum advantage, machine learning (ML) has been proposed as one of the promising killer applications. Despite significant effort, there has been a disconnect between most quantum ML proposals, the needs of ML practitioners, and the capabilities of near-term quantum devices towards a conclusive demonstration of a meaningful quantum advantage in the near future. In this talk, we provide concrete examples of intractable ML tasks that could be enhanced with near-term devices. We argue that to reach this target, the focus should be on areas where ML researchers are struggling, such as generative models in unsupervised and semi-supervised learning, instead of the popular and more tractable supervised learning tasks. We focus on hybrid quantum-classical approaches and illustrate some of the key challenges we foresee for near-term implementations. We will present as well recent experimental implementations of these quantum ML models in both, superconducting-qubit and ion-trap quantum computers