Date: July 27th, 2016
Venue: Habib University
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Abdus Salam was both an outstanding scientist and an influential scientist-activist whose disparate interests and activities were underpinned by a principle of unification. The speaker, Professor Barry Sanders will discuss Salam's contributions to physics as well as to science in developing countries. Professor Sanders will also talk about his interaction with Salam and his influence on his work in quantum information science, especially symmetries and conservation in nature. Quantum technology is now on the verge of creating and exploiting the symmetries that not long ago were only found in atoms and nuclei, and this technological prowess will present applications to paradigm-shifting quantum computing. The speaker will discuss opportunities for Pakistan to build a strong activity in quantum information science.
Dr. Barry Sanders is AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Quantum Information Science and Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary. Dr Sanders also holds a QianRen B Chair in the Division of Quantum Physics and Quantum Information of the National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale at the University of Science and Technology China. Dr Sanders received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary in 1984 and a Diploma of Imperial College supervised by Professor Sir Thomas W. B. Kibble. He completed a PhD in 1987 at Imperial College supervised by Professor Sir Peter Knight. His postdoctoral research was supervised by Professor Gerard Milburn at the Australian National University then at the University of Queensland and by Professor Crispin Gardiner at the University of Waikato. Dr. Sanders joined the Physics Department of Macquarie University in 1991 and was there for 12 years, including 6 years as Department Head, before moving to Calgary in 2003.
Dr Sanders is especially well known for seminal contributions to theories of quantum-limited measurement, highly nonclassical light, practical quantum cryptography and optical implementations of quantum information tasks. His current research interests include quantum resources & algorithms, optical & atomic implementations of quantum information tasks and protocols, quantum processes in biological systems, and machine learning for quantum control. Dr. Sanders is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.), the Optical Society of America, the Australian Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is a past President of the Australian Optical Society past Founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Physicists Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and former Leader of the Optical Society of America Quantum Optical Science and Technology Technical Group. Dr Sanders is Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Physics, a former Associate Editor of Physical Review A, a former Editor of Optics Communications and a former editor of Mathematical Structures of Computer Science.