CMSC 657 Introduction to Quantum Information Processing, Fall 2018 : Projects


Each group is required to accomplish a course project, which could be a survey of a specific topic in quantum information and computation, or some original research. The end product will be a talk and a written report (about 10 pages).

  • For survey projects, one should identify the motivation and the background of a specific topic, and then summarize the development in literature. One is also expected to identify the important open problems and future directions on that topic.

  • For original research projects, one should again first identify a specific problem, its motivation and the existing literature. Then propose your methodology/techniques to attack the problem. You are not required to completely solve the problem. However, you should present your findings following your methodology and make a future attack plan.

Each group is expected to submit a proposal on the topic (either from a list of candidate project topics or something you find by yourselves) and to discuss this proposal with the instructor to finalize the project. Each group is also expected to submit the mid-term report, slides for the representation, and the final report following the time-line below.


  • Groups formed (Assignment 0) by 09/06/18.

  • Course project proposals due by 09/20/18.

  • Course project finalized by 09/27/18.

  • Course project mid-term report due by 10/18/18.

  • Course project slides due by 11/20/18.

  • Course project final report due by 12/13/18.

Specific requirement on each submitted documents

  • Proposal: 1-2 pages in length. Should include the topic and its motivation. An appropriate goal of this project. A brief summary of the relevant literature, including the relationship among the literature and/or why you find them relevant. For research projects, explain the high level idea of your methodology/techniques. IMPORTANTLY, a time plan for the project: including what to finish by the mid-term report, what to finish by the final presentation. If the topic is too broad for you to explore in the semester, it is totally fine to focus on some part of the topic and leave other parts for the future.

  • Mid-term Report: 4-5 pages in length. Consider mid-term reports have two parts. The first part is a polished version of your proposal (excluding the time plan part), since you should have better understanding about the topic after reading some reference. The second part contains the knowledge you get from the literature reading, e.g., the development of a topic, the state of the art, and important open problems in your own words.

  • Slides: Should be an oral presentation to audience with basic understanding of quantum information (e.g., after taking this course). Should be self-contained and explain clearly about the main points from the project (e.g., topic, motivation, development, the state of the art, your methodology/findings, open questions, etc). Should be 15-20 mins in length. Precise time length TBD.

  • Final Report: 10- pages. Consider this as a written document supplementing the presentation (but with more details), also as a polished and complete version of the Mid-term Report. Should be self-contained and include all major points of the project.

Grading of Projects (25%)

  • Proposal (5%), Mid-term Report (6%), Slides and the presentation (6%), Final Report (8%)

  • Grading for each item is based on the quality of the document and the progress made.