- Keynote Speaker
Quantum Computation in Artificial Intelligence
Associate Professor Sanpawat Kantabutra, Ph.D.
Theory of Computation Group in the Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
AbstractQuantum computation is all about applying three main principles of quantum mechanics, namely, superposition, entanglement, and interference, to solve computationally hard problems. In this talk I will describe each of these three principles by simple examples. Currently there are three kinds of known quantum computer: analog quantum computer, noisy intermediate-scale quantum computer, and fully error-corrected quantum computer. I will describe these types of quantum computer and their respective applications. Contrary to the popular belief, quantum computer will not replace classical computer. To support this claim, I will explain the types of problems that are not suitable with quantum computation but are better solved by classical computation. In the end of this talk I will give some specific examples of quantum computation that can be applied to solve problems in artificial intelligence and machine learning. If time permits, I will also discuss the present state of quantum computation in Thailand.
BiographyDr. Sanpawat Kantabutra is currently Associate Professor in the Theory of Computation Group in the Faculty of Engineering in Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He is a two-time Thailand Research Fund Career Award researcher and is the head of the Government-Funded Center of Excellence in Quantum Technology in Chiang Mai University. In 2001 he earned his PhD in theoretical computer science from Tufts University in Boston in the United States and, since then, has collaborated internationally on research and has regularly published his research findings in some of the world’s top journals in theoretical computer science. His current research interests are in approximation and randomized algorithms and quantum computation and information. He has regularly been invited to give research talks on these topics both in Thailand and abroad. All of his research has been funded by units of the Thai government and universities.