CMSA Colloquium Gentle Measurement of Quantum States and Differential Privacy


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February 5, 2020 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
CMSA, 20 Garden St, G10
Address: 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Scott Aaronson - University of Texas at Austin

I'll discuss a recent connection between two seemingly unrelated
problems: how to measure a collection of quantum states without
damaging them too much ("gentle measurement"), and how to provide
statistical data without leaking too much about individuals
("differential privacy," an area of classical CS). This connection
leads, among other things, to a new protocol for "shadow tomography"
of quantum states (that is, answering a large number of questions
about a quantum state given few copies of it).