iTHEMS Weekly News Letter

Seminar Report

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QCoIn Seminar given by Dr. Hirotaka Irie


On Sep. 2 and 3, Dr. Hirotaka Irie (DENSO Corporation / iTHEMS visiting scientist; see his self-introduction in this volume of NewsLetter) gave a series of comprehensive lectures on "Quantum Annealing" which is a quantum computational scheme for hard optimization problems. This was held as a part of the iTHEMS QCoIn WG activity.

In the first day, he started the lecture by explaining the fundamental notions of quantum computation and quantum annealing, followed by the basic usage of quantum annealer.
In the second day, he discussed the notion of computational complexity in detail, and then showed various examples of the real-world applications of quantum annealer.
The lectures were given only by using white-board with detailed explanation of basic equations, which stimulated lots of questions from the audience. Discussions continued during the break and after the lectures.

Seminar Report

Lecture by Dr. Yuya Nakagawa from QunaSys


An Academic-Industrial Innovation Lecture was delivered by Dr. Yuya Nakagawa from QunaSys on September 4th. QuanSys is a venture company specializes in quantum computing and Dr. Nakagawa joined QunaSys shortly after having earned his Ph. D.
In the first part, Dr. Nakagawa gave a concise overview of quantum computing. The second part of the lecture consisted of more detailed explanation including the result from QuanSys itself and the application to Quantum Chemistry.
The lecture attracted audience not only from RIKEN but also outside RIKEN, especially notable companies. The last part of the lecture turned out to be filled with a lot of questions from the keen audiences, and candid comments were exchanged. We felt that the lecture is really serving as a hub that connects people from academics and industry.

Seminar Report

Summary of the lecture of Introduction to quantum many-body system


A lecture on “Introduction to quantum many-body system “ by Prof. Hosho Katsura was held from September 5 to 6 at RIKEN. In particular, we studied basic concepts of many-body systems on lattices and how to investigate their properties in analytical and numerical ways. In the first part of the lecture, non-interacting Fermi and Bose systems on lattices were focused and we learned how to calculate energy bands. Such systems included Kitaev chain and Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model for one-dimensional fermions as well as free bosons describing low-energy properties of quantum magnets. In the second part, we studied spin systems such as Affleck-Kennedy-Lieb-Tasaki model from the perspective of frustration-free systems and the concept of matrix product states.
The attendees were scientists from various backgrounds; physicists specializing in condensed-matter physics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics as well as mathematicians. This lecture was filled with fruitful discussion and instructive to attendees who are not professional in lattice systems.

Upcoming Events


iTHEMS Biology Seminar

September 13 at 15:00 - 17:20, 2019

Dr. Hiroyuki Kubota (Professor, Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University)
Dr. Yasufumi Uezu (Researcher, Sensory And Motor Research Group, NTT Communication Science Laboratories)

15:00-16:00 Hiroyuki Kubota (Kyushu Univ.)
16:00-16:20 Break
16:20-17:20 Yasufumi Uezu (NTT)

Venue: #424-426, Main Research Building, RIKEN

Event Official Language: Japanese


ABBL-iTHEMS Joint Seminar

Angular power spectrum analysis on current and future high-energy neutrino data

September 18 at 14:00 - 15:00, 2019

Ms. Ariane Dekker (Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Venue: #160, 1F, Main Research Building, RIKEN

Event Official Language: English


iTHEMS Colloquium

Topological phases of matter and operator algebras

October 4 at 15:30 - 17:00, 2019

Prof. Yasuyuki Kawahigashi (Senior Visiting Scientist, iTHEMS / Professor, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

Venue: Okochi Hall, 1F Laser Science Laboratory, RIKEN

Broadcast: R511, Computational Science Research Building, R-CCS, Kobe Campus, RIKEN / SUURI-COOL (Kyoto), #204-205, 2F Maskawa Building for Education and Research, North Campus, Kyoto University / SUURI-COOL (Sendai), #303, 3F AIMR Main Building, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University

Event Official Language: English


Workshop on Virtual Reality[Session 1]

October 7 at 13:00 - 16:00, 2019

Gilles Ferrand and Don Warren will run a workshop on using virtual reality (VR) for data visualization and research. Anyone from any RIKEN campus, and any field of study, is welcome. We want to build a cross-disciplinary group of people with a shared interest in VR, and to apply this tool to a broad range of data types and topics.

Please check the workshop website for up-to-date information !

Venue: #132, 1F, Main Research Building, RIKEN

Event Official Language: English


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Integrated Innovation Building (IIB) venue photo

RIKEN Open Campus in Kobe

November 9 at 10:00 - 16:30, 2019

Dr. Takumi Doi (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS / Senior Research Scientist, Quantum Hadron Physics Laboratory, RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (RNC))

RIKEN Open Campus in Kobe will be held on Nov.9, 2019.
Dr. Emiko Hiyama (Kyushu Univ.) and Dr. Takumi Doi (Nishina Center / iTHEMS) will give lectures on computational nuclear and particle physics at Kobe IIB building where SUURI-COOL Kobe is located. Please inform the news to anybody who are interested in visiting RIKEN Kobe.

Venue: Integrated Innovation Building (IIB), Kobe Campus, RIKEN

Event Official Language: Japanese

Upcoming Visitor

September 14 - 30, 2019

Dr. Bruno Kahn

Directeur de recherche, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche, France

Visiting Place: #233, 2F, Main Research Building

Person of the Week

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Self-introduction: Hirotaka Irie


I am Hirotaka Irie, a research scientist in quantum computing team of DENSO Corporation. From this summer of 2019, I also became a visiting scientist here at RIKEN iTHEMS. I received my Ph.D. in Physics (string theory) at Kyoto University in 2008, and worked as postdoc in KEK, National Taiwan University, National Center for Theoretical Physics (NCTS, Taiwan), and Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (Kyoto University), where my research focused on non-perturbative aspects of string theory and mathematical physics. Now I joined DENSO Corporation, working toward real-world applications of quantum mechanical computing machines with combining aspects of mathematical physics and string theory. In fact, recent industrial studies also require highly sophisticated physical and mathematical researches. Here, I hope to discuss and collaborate with people in iTHEMS to jointly achieve new technological breakthrough which changes our daily life and society.

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