A mathematician under trouble…Lucía Absalom!

This is me last weekend in Cádiz, where the beach is just fantastic!

Hello everybody! My name is Lucía Absalom and I am a mathematics and statistics undergraduate student at University of Sevilla. When I started looking for a summer scholarship I had in mind something that combined maths and computer science, where I could learn something new and not only did I find the perfect project but it came with a wonderful partner!

I will start by telling you a bit about myself: I love eating, going out with my friends and making new plans. I also love art, philosophy, politics and music, basically everything from classical music, jazz, to 70’s Turkish psychedelic rock. I play the piano, a bit of guitar and I’m learning to play the baglar. I do an internship at my university where we relate algebraic structures with music and somehow we connect concepts like monoids with the musical tempered system. It’s a superb!

I am also a restless person, I would say that I am someone who loves to know new places and cultures. New food, new music, new languages…it’s just fantastic! Last year I took part in the Erasmus program in Munich and next year I will stay in Barcelona so it’s a pity that the summer scholarship was online because I would have had the opportunity to live a couple of months in the Czech Republic!

And now… the scientific part!

I chose to study mathematics because in one way or another I found great satisfaction in solving problems, it was both an entertainment and a challenge. When I started university I discovered a discipline where everything fitted together perfectly and I began to find beauty in the study of theorems and proofs. Although I studied some programming in undergrad, I became interested in computer science in a more serious way when I wanted to know what was behind the software I was using and that’s how I discovered Linux, the place where you can make all your computer dreams come true!

This is a Hopf fibration, it’s an important example in topology done with a ray tracing program called Tachyon

So why quantum computers?

There is certainly something about quantum computers that appeals to me fascinating, and that is that they bring with them a computational revolution. A new class of complexity arises, BQP, (bounded-error quantum polynomial time) which has intersections with both NP (nondeterministic polynomial time) and P (polynomial time) classes. Quantum computers are capable of converting NP-complex problems into BQP-complex problems. For example, the calculation of the factorization of a number, which was previously an NP problem, becomes BQP.

From the beginning, my project partner Andreas was super nice to me and helped me with any computer problems I had in the first week (he is a genius), although I have to admit that I’m starting to get very jealous of all the amazing greek food pictures he sends me!

I think that’s a good summary of me (I hope I didn’t bore you too much).

See you in the next post!

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