Autumn School on Quantum Computing

We, the organizers, would like to thank you all, lecturers and other participants, for wonderful days at Holmenkollen.

Below you will find that (some of) the list of lectures have been augmented with a link to the slides.

We also share a link to a little gallery of photos from the School.

The aim of the school

Quantum computers and IT platforms are here to stay. We believe that in ten years from now, they will be widely adopted by many industries, as was the case or transistors and lasers invented during the first quantum revolution.

In the past few years a lot of effort has been dedicated into developing algorithms for noisy near-term quantum (NISQ – Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum) processors. These efforts culminated a few years back in the demonstration of quantum supremacy, in which a quantum processor outperformed best classical computers at a non-trivial (but rather useless) task. The demonstration later led to development of an efficient classical method competitive with the performance of the quantum hardware, opening again the race for establishing quantum advantage.

We believe that we are witnessing the beginning of a new approach to Quantum Computing (QC) and Quantum Information Technologies (QIT), different from what was described in the textbooks. QC ideas were blended with the Machine Learning (ML) concepts, gate-based QC protypes are now competing with quantum annealers, and it was realized that that present-day NISQ platforms can be modelled and described in a much better way when treated as open quantum systems rather than by unitary means. To update young Norwegian researchers on this shift of the QC paradigm is the main idea of the School. Complimentary, the awareness of our young researchers is vitally important to the development of a new conceptual approach to the applied QC because this development demands doers who will unfold it further.

We also consider the topics of the school,

  • key concepts of the theory of open quantum systems
  • Quantum Information Theory and error correction schemes
  • Machine Learning (both quantum and for quantum)
  • Quantum Annealing
  • quantum software engineering
  • usage of QC for chemistry and and other computationally ‘heavy’ research fields
  • Quantum hardware development

to be relevant to the future professionals in industry sectors where quantum IT components are expected to play strategic roles (e.g., in public transportation, health sector, and financial analysis) and where the expertise in solving complex optimization problems is highly demanded, both in Norway and internationally. The school will thus also contribute to the student awareness of career opportunities outside the academia bulb. 



Sergiy Denysov

Andre Laestadius

Sølve Selstø


No fees. The OsloMet Quantum Hub covers accommodation, meals, and the social program – in addition to the school itself.

For students outside of Oslo who need to arrive the evening before, we will try to provide additional accommodation. Please contact the organizers in this case.


The school will be held in the SCANDIC Holmenkollen Park Hotel. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner + coffee breaks) will be served during the school.

How to get there

The hotel address is Kongeveien 26. From Oslo S, Oslo Central Station, you can get there by taking the subway line 1, direction Frognerseteren, to Holmenkollen. From there there is a 14 minutes walk.

In case you arrive Oslo by bus, you will find that the Bus terminal is within walking distance from Oslo S/Jernbanetorget (the Railway square).

Tickets for the subway can be bought via the Ruter app – or at kiosks such as Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli De Luca and Mix stores.


May be subject to adjustments.

Day & timeMonday, November 6th
2 – 6pmarrival & checking in for lecturers
and far-away travelers
6 – 9pmget-together dinner
Day & timeTuesday, November 7th
9:15 – 9:30opening of the school
9:30 – 10:15lecture I by Alexander Müller-Hermes
10:15 – 10:30break
10:30 – 11:15lecture II by Alexander Müller-Hermes
11:15 – 11:45coffee break
11:45 – 12:45lecture by Werner Dobrautz
13:00 – 14:00lunch
14:00 – 14:45lecture I by Rodrigo Martínez Peña
14:45 – 15:00 break
15:00 – 15:45lecture II by Rodrigo Martínez Peña
15:45 – 16:15check in
coffee break/snack
16:15 – 18:00discussions/free time
Day & timeWednesday, November 8th
9:00 – 9:45lecture I by Giulia Ferrini
9:45 – 10:00break
10:00 – 10:45lecture II by Giulia Ferrini
10:45 – 11:15coffee break
11:15 – 12:00lecture I by Markus Schmitt
12:00 – 12:15break
12:15 – 13:00 lecture II by Markus Schmitt
13:00 – 14:00 lunch
14:30 – 16:30excursion: Roseslottet
16:30 – 17:00optional: informal discussions and coffee/snack
18:00school dinner
Day & timeThursday, November 9th
9:00 – 9:45lecture I by Victoria Goliber
9:45 – 10:00break
10:00 – 10:45lecture II by Victoria Goliber
10:45 – 11:30coffee break & check-out (hotel)
11:30 – 12:30lecture by Shaukat Ali (on zoom)
13:00 – 14:00lunch
14:00 – 15:00 lecture by Emil Magni and Lars Nordbryhn
15:00-15:15closure of the school
optional: informal discussions and coffee/snack