Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)


Computer Science


Qun Li

Committee Members

Bin Ren

Stephen Trefethen


This thesis explores basic concepts of machine learning, neural networks, federated learning, and quantum computing in an effort to better understand Quantum Machine Learning, an emerging field of research. We propose Quantum Federated Learning (QFL), a schema for collaborative distributed learning that maintains privacy and low communication costs. We demonstrate the QFL framework and local and global update algorithms with implementations that utilize TensorFlow Quantum libraries. Our experiments test the effectiveness of frameworks of different sizes. We also test the effect of changing the number of training cycles and changing distribution of training data. This thesis serves as a synoptic summary of the author's senior honors research starting in the summer of 2021 and culminating in the spring of 2022.