### Monday December 1, 2003

**Speaker**: Markus Hunziker (University of Georgia)

**Title**: The Geometry of Quantum Computing

**Abstract**: In the early 1980s, Feynman suggested that quantum systems
might be able to do certain computations more efficiently than
classical computers. This led to the development by Deutsch and
others of a new model of computing - quantum computing.
Shor's discovery in 1994 of a polynomial time quantum algorithm
for factoring ignited the subject that subsequently expanded in
many directions.

In this talk I will first give a brief introduction to quantum computing
from a geometric perspective. I will then show how a solution
method for geometric optimization problems can be used to construct
quantum algorithms that solve new problems more efficiently
than is possible classically.

The work presented during the second half of the talk is joint work
with David Meyer, Jihun Park, Jamie Pommersheim and Mitch Rothstein.