Past Meetup

Lisp at the Frontier of Computation

This Meetup is past

75 people went

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NDA: Because this is hosted at Rigetti Computing’s labs, an NDA will need to be signed at reception. See below for details.

ABSTRACT: Since the 50s, Lisp has been used to describe and calculate in cutting-edge fields like artificial intelligence, robotics, symbolic mathematics, and advanced optimizing compilers. It is no surprise that Lisp has also found relevance in quantum computation, both in academia and industry. Hosted at Rigetti Computing, a quantum computing startup in Berkeley, Robert Smith will provide a pragmatic view of the technical, sociological, and psychological aspects of working with an interdisciplinary team, writing Lisp, to build the next generation of technology resource: the quantum computer.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Robert has been using Lisp for over decade, and has been fortunate to work with and manage expert teams of Lisp programmers to build embedded fingerprint analysis systems, machine learning-based product recommendation software, metamaterial phased-array antennas, discrete differential geometric computer graphics software, and now quantum computers. As Director of Software Engineering, Robert is responsible for building the publicly available Rigetti Forest platform, powered by both a real quantum computer and one of the fastest single-node quantum computer simulators in the world.


6:00 - 6:15: Welcome and sign-in.

6:15 - 6:30: Quantum computer lab tour. See what a real quantum computer looks like.

6:30 - 6:45: Grab food. Pizza and beverages provided.

6:45: No one will be admitted after this point. (There will be no receptionist.)

6:45 - 7:45: Talk.

7:45 - 8:30: Chat and mingle.

8:30: Hard stop.


775 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 (,+Berkeley,+CA+94710&entry=gmail&source=g)

If you plan to travel by car, be aware that some parking lots are private and prohibited. Allowed zones include street parking on Heinz Ave., and there is plentiful parking in the lot near the office on the west side Seventh St. See the map above (next to the Rigetti logo) for these allowed zones.


Note that our hosts, Rigetti Computing, require everyone to sign an NDA before attending. If you would like to review a copy of the NDA in advance, please send a note to the BALisp organizers at balisp at googlegroups dot com.