Introduction to Quantum Computing School

Monday, 5 June 2023 09:00 to Friday, 9 June 2023 18:00
Daniele Ottaviani DanieleOttaviani , RiccardoMengoni , GabriellaBettonte , EmanueleTriuzzi , BertrandLeSaux , AlessandroSebastianelli , KevinMato , MarcoBallarin
Provided as: 
Ordinary Course
Registrations closing: 
Saturday, 20 May 2023 at 09:00

Application deadline: SUNDAY MAY, 14th 2023.  EXTENDED TO SATURDAY 20TH

The course  will be held ONLY IN PRESENCE (no STREAMING AVAILABLE) at Cineca Site in Casalecchio di Reno, BO, Italy.

The participation is limited to 25 students admitted making a selection.

The selection of participants will be based on what the registrant writes on the web form. So, when possible, be verbose on your answers as much as you can.

Notification for both acceptance and not acceptance will be given via email on WEDNESDAY MAY 24th, 2023. 

Daniele Ottaviani
DanieleOttaviani , RiccardoMengoni , GabriellaBettonte , EmanueleTriuzzi , BertrandLeSaux , AlessandroSebastianelli , KevinMato , MarcoBallarin


The "Introduction to Quantum Computing" school aims to provide students with the necessary skills to effectively use the emerging quantum machines that have become available in recent years. These machines are constantly evolving and require specialized knowledge to operate. Although their technology is not yet fully mature, it is strategically important for students to learn how to use them early on, as they are fundamentally different from traditional computers. The school covers the basics of quantum mechanics and linear algebra, and then delves into practical and theoretical aspects of popular quantum concepts and algorithms using various available quantum machines. Additionally, there will be hands-on sections using emulators installed on our High Performance Computing (HPC) machines to provide practical experience.  


Introduction to different Quantum Hardwares and Quantum Softwares. Linear algebra Recap (Dirac notation, Hermitian Matrices, tensor product, Schmidt decomposition). Postulates of quantum mechanics (Qubit states , unitary evolution, measurement). Quantum gates. Entanglement. Quantum Parallelism. Quantum Error Correction. Introduction to General Purpose Quantum Algorithms with examples. Introduction to NISQ Quantum Algorithms with examples. Adiabatic quantum computing (AQC) and Quantum Annealing (QA). Hands-on sessions. 

Target Audience 

The course is aimed at scientific university students, as well as PhD students and researchers. In principle, anyone who meets the required prerequisites can send a request to participate. 


Knowledge of mathematics, in particular linear algebra. Knowledge of python programming. Knowledge of Unix environments. Knowledge of quantum mechanics is not a fundamental prerequisite, even if it represents a considerable help for understanding the topics covered. 

Intended for: 
Research Institutions
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Cineca is a non profit Consortium, made up of 102 Italian national institutions: Universities, Italian Research Institutions and the Italian Ministries of Universities and Education.

Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. With more seven hundred employees, it operates in the technological transfer sector through high performance scientific computing, the management and development of networks and web based services, and the development of complex information systems for treating large amounts of data.

It develops advanced Information Technology applications and services, acting like a trait-d'union between the academic world, the sphere of pure research and the world of industry and Public Administration. .

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