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Will Oliver is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a Professor of the Practice with the MIT Physics Department. His research addresses the science and engineering of extensible technologies associated with high-performance classical and quantum computing. Will holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rochester (S.B.), MIT (S.M.), and Stanford (Ph.D.).
Superconducting qubits are quantum logic elements assembled from electrical circuit components and the building blocks of a quantum information processor. Spectacular improvement in their manufacturing and performance over the past decade has moved this technology from the realm of scientific curiosity to the threshold of technical reality. This talk presents these recent developments, the challenges, and the opportunities for engineering quantum systems.