QCE20 Workshop on
Control and Design of Superconducting Qubits


Date and Time

  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020
  • 10:45─16:45 Mountain Time (MDT) — UTC-6



Superconducting microwave qubits are a leading platform for quantum technologies. One reason is their fabrication leverages already-widespread semiconductor fabrication processes from the past several decades of traditional CMOS computing. Another reason is their design can be understood in terms of microwave circuits, with circuit element values determined from electromagnetic simulation of their distributed – and lumped – components.

Once these elements are found, the Hamiltonian used to model the dynamics of the circuit can be derived using analytic or numeric techniques. This Hamiltonian describes how qubits interact with one other and with applied microwave pulses. Once these interactions are understood, single- and two-qubit gates – the fundamental operations of quantum computers – can be constructed by precise control of microwaves.

To introduce these ideas to electrical engineers, and to enable collaborations between quantum hardware engineers and those building hardware and software for quantum control, this workshop will bring together academics and industry researchers in control, hardware design, and software to discuss the state-of-the-art in superconducting qubit design and control. They will also discuss how to engage the broader semiconductor fabrication community, and provide feedback to software engineers developing tools for qubit design and control. The industry has a growing need to address challenges in the areas of control, design, and circuit optimization; this workshop will be a forum for starting to do so.

Target audience

The target audience is electrical engineers and those with classical control electronics, plus microwave engineers. We expect researchers from groups building superconducting qubits would join, as well as developers of software for control of quantum hardware.


Session 1

10:45 – 11:45 Overview of superconducting qubits and their control

11:45 – 12:15 Panel featuring speakers

Session 2

13:00 – 14:00 Software for superconducting qubit control

14:00 – 14:30 Panel with Qiskit Pulse developers

Session 3

15:15 – 16:45 Breakout sessions and wrap-up

15:15 – 16:00 Breakout session A (Qiskit Pulse)

15:15- 16:00 Breakout session B (superconducting qubit design, analysis, and simulation)

16:00 – 16:45 Invited panel with middleware, hardware, software companies

Contact Us

For more information about the Control and Design of Superconducting Qubits workshop, contact Nicholas Bronn, IBM Quantum – Chair (ntbronn@us.ibm.com) or Zlatko K. Minev, IBM Quantum – Co-chair (zlatko.minev@ibm.com).