Quantum Computer Science: 20152016
Lecturer 

Degrees 
Schedule C1 (CS&P) — Computer Science and Philosophy Schedule C1 — Computer Science Schedule C1 — Mathematics and Computer Science 
Term 
Michaelmas Term 2015 (24 lectures) 
Overview
Both physics and computer science have been very dominant scientific and technological disciplines in the previous century. Quantum Computer Science aims at combining both and may come to play a similarly important role in this century. Combining the existing expertise in both fields proves to be a nontrivial but very exciting interdisciplinary journey. Besides the actual issue of building a quantum computer or realising quantum protocols it involves a fascinating encounter of concepts and formal tools which arose in distinct disciplines.This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the emerging field of quantum computer science, explaining basic quantum mechanics (including finite dimensional Hilbert spaces and their tensor products), quantum entanglement, its structure and its physical consequences (e.g. nonlocality, nocloning principle), and introduces qubits. We give detailed discussions of some key algorithms and protocols such as Grover's search algorithm and Shor's factorisation algorithm, quantum teleportation and quantum key exchange.
At the same time, this course provides a introduction to diagrammatic reasoning. As an entirely diagrammatic presentation of quantum theory and its applications, this course is the first of its kind.
Learning outcomes
The student will know by the end of the course what quantum computing and quantum protocols are about, why they matter, and what the scientific prospects of the field are. This includes a structural understanding of some basic quantum mechanics, knowledge of important algorithms such as Grover's and Shor's algorithm and important protocols such as quantum teleportation.At the same time, the student will understand diagrammatic reasoning as an alternative form of mathematics.
Prerequisites
We do not assume any prior knowledge of quantum mechanics. However, a solid understanding of basic linear algebra (finitedimensional
vector spaces, matrices, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, linear maps etc.) is required as a prerequisite. The course notes
and the slides contain an overview of this material, so we advise students with a limited background in linear algebra to
consult the course notes before the course starts.
Syllabus
TBC.
Reading list
Lecture notes will be provided as the course progresses.