OCTOBER 29, 2014
Quantum Information: The Future of Technology
Martin Laforest, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Martin Laforest is the Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. Martin’s role is to bring science out of the lab and into people’s lives. Martin leads IQC’s strategic outreach programs including the prestigious Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP) and the unique Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS). He also leads the academic outreach for the collaborative graduate program in quantum information at the University of Waterloo. Martin is actively involved in industry and government relations at IQC bringing his scientific knowledge and experience to the discussions.
Martin holds a PhD in physics (experimental quantum information) from the University of Waterloo. Martin is a passionate advocate for communicating science and shares his passion with audiences around the world as a guest speaker and lecturer.
Dr. Laforest's presentation can be viewed HERE
The video of Alain Aspect's talk on "Einstein to Wheeler" can be viewed HERE
Soheila Esfahani, University of Waterloo
Ms. Soheila K. Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Currently, Soheila is a participant in a research/creation group entitled Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art, funded by Research/Creation Grant in Fine Arts through Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Soheila has received numerous awards and grants and her work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank.
Ms. Esfahani’s art practice incorporates traditional Persian script within a modern composition. In her work, the mystical concepts of transformations, spirituality, and alchemy are manifest through the meaning of poems by Persian poet, Rumi.
Ms. Esfahani's presentation can be viewed here.