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Hidetoshi Nishimori joins IEEE group to define quantum computing terminology

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October 12, 2017

Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori

Tokyo Tech Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori, a pioneer in quantum annealingouter, has joined a working group for the IEEE P7130TM — Standard for Quantum Computing Definitions project to define and standardize quantum computing terminology.

The IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization in the fields of engineering, computing, and technology, and the IEEE Standards Association (SA)1, approved the project as a response to the rapid advancement in the implementation of quantum computers, and the consequent need to establish a general phraseology for quantum computing in order to standardize communication with related hardware and software projects.

Nishimori joins celebrated serial entrepreneur and chair of the Quantum Computing Working Group William Hurley, manager of Experimental Quantum Computing at IBM Research Jerry Chow, and 1Qbit2 CEO Andrew Fursman in building consensus on a nomenclature that will reduce confusion and foster a clear and accepted understanding for engineers and other stakeholders involved in advancing technology and solutions in fields such as materials science, mathematics, physics, meteorology, and biology.

Comments from Professor Nishimori

Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori
Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori

The field of quantum computing has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and not only universities and public research institutions, but also private companies and startups are entering the field, particularly in North America.

However, since confusion regarding terminology often exists in new fields, it is important for us to determine a common terminology base urgently. While utilizing our research experiences here at Tokyo Tech, I hope to make a broader contribution by participating in this working group.

1 IEEE SA (Standards Association)

Leading consensus building organization that facilitates standards development and standards-related collaboration, has standardized wireless LAN, smart grids, EV (electric vehicle) charging, communications, and other standards integrated into modern life

2 1Qbit

Canadian start-up company that utilizes highly advanced technology in quantum computing to develop applied software for quantum annealing machines

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Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori
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Email nishimori@phys.titech.ac.jp

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