Introduction to quantum information processing (CMSC 858K, Fall 2017): Course project


For the course project, you should write an expository paper on a topic of your choice from the quantum information literature. Your goal should be to understand a new concept in quantum information by reading original sources, and then to communicate this concept clearly and concisely. You should aim to cover a topic from your own perspective, not just to summarize a single paper. Your target audience should be your fellow students in the course. If you would like to do some original research as part of your project, this is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Please submit a project proposal by Thursday, October 12, including a one-paragraph summary of your topic and a list of selected references. Your proposal should be submitted as a PDF file through the ELMS. It should show that you have thought about your topic and have a clear picture of what you hope to cover in your paper. Before writing your proposal, you are encouraged to discuss possible topics with Andrew or Tongyang during office hours.

Your paper should be at most ten pages in length (not counting references), using at least 11-point fonts and at least 1-inch margins. You should prepare your paper using LaTeX; you might use this template (illustrating a few basic commands) to get started. If necessary, you can draw quantum circuits using the Qcircuit package. Your paper should be submitted by the day of the last lecture (Thursday, December 7) as a PDF file through the ELMS.


The following is a list of possible project topics, organized by subject. Though long, this list is far from exhaustive. You are welcome to choose a topic not on this list.

Each topic has a short description to give you a very rough idea what it is about, together with one or two references to get you started. Often the choice of references is somewhat arbitrary, so you should only treat the given references as a possible starting point. You should consult other related papers to form a more complete picture of the topic. Please do not hesitate to ask for help finding additional references.

Many of these references are links to published articles that may not be accessible from outside the university. If you have difficulty accessing any of these references, please let Andrew or Tongyang know.

If a topic uses mathematical concepts that go beyond the typical scope of the course, this is noted in the topic description.

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