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Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Engineering Mechanical Quantum Systems for Tomorrow's Technologies


February 24-25, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Talitha Weiss & Hugo Ribeiro

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 27, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by November 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime is a unique and off-the-record forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. Given its confidential environment, participants are encouraged to freely discuss ongoing projects and unpublished data for problem solving and also to develop new collaborations and inspire scientific creativity.

Quantum technologies, such as quantum encryption and computing, are currently being developed to overcome limitations of today's classical devices. Mechanical oscillators are a valuable resource to interface, manipulate, and perform read-out of such quantum devices. However, several challenges remain for these devices to reach maturity. For example, quantum-level interactions need to be engineered between the mechanical oscillator and an interfaced system. This seminar will cover recent achievements and future prospects, both theoretically and experimentally, for using mechanical quantum systems to develop technologies used in quantum networks, quantum sensing, and quantum information processing.

The GRS offers the opportunity for young scientists to present their work to their peers not only in form of posters but also in form of oral presentations. We plan to have a diverse meeting; thus, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and related fields of research to apply and to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. Please contact the chairs if there are funding issues.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Meeting Program

The Conference Chair is currently developing an outline of the program components for this GRS. This information will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.
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