PICS/MSE Colloquium: “Quantum Simulations for Quantum Technologies” with Giulia Galli

On Thursday, December 7th at 10:30 AM PICS and MSE will host a joint colloquium and Grace Hopper Lecture with Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. It will be in the Wu and Chen auditorium. Breakfast will be provided.


“Quantum Simulations for Quantum Technologies”


In this talk, I will describe theoretical and computational strategies based on quantum mechanical calculations, aimed at predicting material properties suitable for the development of quantum technologies. Specifically, I will present results obtained on both classical and near-term quantum computers, and discuss the use of spin defects in semiconductors as qubits, and their application for quantum sensing and communication technologies.


Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She also holds a Senior Scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory, where she is the director of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials. She is an expert in the development of theoretical and computational methods to predict and engineer material and molecular properties using quantum simulations.

She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society. Her recognitions include the Theory Award from the Materials Research Society, the David Adler Award in Materials Physics from the American Physical Society (APS), the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics from the APS, the Feynman Nanotechnology Prize in Theory, and the Tomassoni-Chisesi award from La Sapienza University in Italy. In 2022 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the foundation of Italian Scholars of North America.