The new frontier of quantum computing, a debate in Donostia

The new frontier of quantum computing will be the subject of the technological conference that Ariadna Font, director of AI Challenges and IBM Quantum Experiences, will deliver during the act of the 40th anniversary of the launch of the official university studies of Computer Engineering in Spain .

On the occasion of this anniversary, the Conference of Directors and Deans of Computer Engineering (CODDII), representing the main actors involved in university education in computer science in Spain, has organized a commemorative eventin the framework of its annual General Assembly, which will be held in Donostia – San Sebastián, on November 2 and 3. All the activity of the event can be followed in social networks through the hastag # inf40coddii.

The main event will take place on day 2 and will be attended by María Felisa Verdejo Maíllo , professor of the UNED, National Computer Prize and ECCAI Fellow, who will deliver the academic conference “A personal chronicle of four decades of teaching IT: achievements and challenges “.

A round table on “Information technology in the next 40 years” will feature the participation of Pedro Acevedo (Accenture), Ignacio Bernal (BBVA), Gonzalo Díe (Microsoft),Tomás Iriondo (Cluster GAIA) and will be moderated by Eduardo Vendrell (UPV).

The event will take place in the “Small Cube” (Chamber Room) of the CENTRO KURSAAL ELKARGUNEA in Donostia, San Sebastián. It will be inaugurated by Nekane Balluerka Lasa , Rector of the University of the Basque Country, and by Ernesto Pimentel Sánchez , President of CODDII.

The act will end with a delivery of acknowledgments to the Ministries of Education, Culture and Sports and Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda. Marcial Marín , Secretary of State for Education, Vocational Training and Universities, and José María Lassalle will collect the awards, Secretary of State for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda.

Computer engineering has been the undisputed protagonist of the social, industrial and economic revolution that digitization is assuming. The event culminates the 40 years of university education of the professionals who are leading this change and who are called to engineer the digital future. This challenge is faced by Computer Engineering from the full maturity of the studies and the profession conferred by these 40 years.


The origins of official university studies in Computer Science date back to Spain in 1976, when the first Computer Science Faculties were created at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid (UPM) and Barcelona (UPC) and at the University of Valladolid. last with headquarters in San Sebastian (now University of the Basque Country, UPV / EHU).

From the academic year 1977-1978 the Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science are launched, first in those three dean centers that now commemorate their 40th anniversary and, gradually, in the rest of the country.

Subsequently, the studies of Computer Science Degree were replaced by those of Computer Engineering, with which they were in fact approved in 1994. Finally, the engineering gave way to the current Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, with the purpose of harmonizing the systems European universities, within the framework of the process of building the European Higher Education Area.

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