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Reinventing computer science for quantum computing

Simon Perdrix, CNRS researcher at Loria was interviewed for the CNRS journal. Read the whole article “Reinventing computer science for quantum computing” on CNRS News’s website.

To revolutionise computing, as the very first quantum computers have raised hopes of doing, researchers must meet exciting challenges, such as writing new informatics, and limiting the many errors still made by these ultra-powerful machines.

At the heart of this global race involving both public laboratories and private multinationals, the quantum computer, envisaged in the early 1980s by Richard Feynman, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics, sparked a true revolution. However, amid promises and sensational announcements, it is difficult to know where this technology really stands, and what its actual applications will be. Unlike a classical computer and similar devices such as smartphones, a quantum system does not use binary bits, namely the two values of one and zero. It is based on qubits, which thanks to the unique properties of quantum objects, display an increasing number of different states with the addition of new units. Each extra qubit doubles computing power. However, this firepower is not adapted to all situations.

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A Robot to Track and Film Flying Insects

Flying insects have developed effective strategies for navigating in natural environments. However, the experimental study of these strategies remains challenging due to the small size of insects and their high speed of motion: today it is only possible to study insects that are “tethered” or in stationary flight. Scientists from the CNRS, Université de Lorraine, and Inrae* have developed the first cable-driven robot that can follow and interact with free-flying insects.

More information: Read the press alert on CNRS website

Jean-Baptiste Mouret wins award for his research into artificial life

Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Research Director Inria in team Larsen common to Inria and Loria, has won the Award for Outstanding Paper of the Decade from the ISALsociety for The evolutionary origins of modularity,

Quantum Computing : Renaud Vilmart has received an award for the best student paper at LICS

Renaud Vilmart is a doctoral student at the Université de Lorraine and belongs to the joint Inria-Loria Mocqua team. He was awarded the Kleene Awardf or the best student paper at LICS, the major conference on logic in computer science, which took place in Vancouver from June 24thto 27th.

ICALP 2019 : call for participation

ICALP (ex-CITALA) will take place on 16 and 17 October 201 at the Loria. It is aimed to become one of the leading international conferences in the field of Arabic Language Processing and related applications.

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