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Efficient Quantum Optimization via Multi-Basis Encodings and Tensor Rings
Anima Anandkumar

Tue Dec 14 06:05 AM -- 06:35 AM (PST) @

Despite extensive research efforts, few quantum algorithms for classical optimization demonstrate an advantage that is realizable on near-term devices. The utility of many quantum algorithms is limited by high requisite circuit depth and nonconvex optimization landscapes. We tackle these challenges by introducing a new variational quantum algorithm that utilizes multi-basis graph encodings and nonlinear activation functions. Our technique results in increased optimization performance, a factor of two increase in effective quantum resources, and a quadratic reduction in measurement complexity. Further, we construct exact circuit representations using factorized tensor rings. This enables us to successfully optimize the MaxCut of the non-local 512-vertex DIMACS library graphs on a single A100 GPU using only shallow circuits. We further provide efficient distributed implementation via the Tensorly-Quantum library.

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Anima Anandkumar (NVIDIA / Caltech)

Anima Anandkumar is a Bren professor at Caltech CMS department and a director of machine learning research at NVIDIA. Her research spans both theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale machine learning. In particular, she has spearheaded research in tensor-algebraic methods, non-convex optimization, probabilistic models and deep learning. Anima is the recipient of several awards and honors such as the Bren named chair professorship at Caltech, Alfred. P. Sloan Fellowship, Young investigator awards from the Air Force and Army research offices, Faculty fellowships from Microsoft, Google and Adobe, and several best paper awards. Anima received her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2004 and her PhD from Cornell University in 2009. She was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT from 2009 to 2010, a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research New England in 2012 and 2014, an assistant professor at U.C. Irvine between 2010 and 2016, an associate professor at U.C. Irvine between 2016 and 2017 and a principal scientist at Amazon Web Services between 2016 and 2018.

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