Speakers
1Prince Constantijn
Van Oranje
Special Envoy to the Netherlands

Introductory speech
9:30 AM October 29

Special Envoy to the Netherlands

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau leads StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector.

Constantijn has been StartupDelta Special Envoy since July 2016. He is appointed by the Netherlands Government to make The Netherlands the European epicenter of innovation, with the best climate for entrepreneurs to start, build, grow and internationalize their businesses.

Constantijn is also Director Digital Technology & Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York, Edge Fellow at Deloitte Centre for the Edge, and Member of the EU High Level Group on Innovation that advises the European Commission on instruments for generating breakthrough innovations.

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau is passionate about technology, art, music, photography and nature.

Marc
4Almendros
Keysight Technologies - General Manager - Quantum Engineering Solutions

Panel: Quantum Control Opportunities
2:30 PM October 29

Dr. Marc Almendros is currently the General Manager of Keysight’s Quantum Engineering Solutions group (QES), a group dedicated to the design and marketing of electronic solutions for quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing applications. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Science and Technology with a focus on long-distance quantum communications from ICFO/UPC
(Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and a MSc/BSc in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from La Salle (Ramon Llull University).

Dr. Almendros is the co-founder and the former CEO of Signadyne, a company that spun off from an ion trap research group of ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) in 2011. Signadyne was acquired by Keysight in 2016.

Marc also holds an MBA from ESADE Business School, and has years of experience in startup creation
and fundraising, financial and marketing planning, R&D and technology consulting, and general
management.

Dr. Almendros is the co-author of a dozen scientific papers about trapping and manipulation of single
ions for quantum engineering applications, and the co-inventor of two patents around FPGAs,
synchronization and real-time technologies.

Carlos
Abellan
Quside - CEO

Panel: Current QKD and QRNG systems
10:15 AM October 30

Carlos is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Quside, where he leads the strategic development of the company. Abellan got his PhD in Photonics from ICFO, after graduating as a telecom engineer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Abellan is co-inventor and co-author of multiple patents and papers in the field of quantum technologies. He has received a variety of awards, including the MIT Innovators under 35 Europe 2018 and the Pioneer award by the Catalan government, and is also a public speaker (e.g. TEDx talk 2017) and a contributor at international conferences.

Emile
Armour-Heselton
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - Member Relations and Partnerships

Panel: How will quantum change the current internet industry?
2:30 PM October 30

Emile is responsible for member relations and outreach for the standardization sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs. His experience at ITU spans over 7 years where his primary focus has been to engage the public and private sector in ITU’s telecommunication standardization activities across a broad range of ICT topics, most recently in the quantum communications field. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Jaya
Baloo
Singularity University - Faculty Member: Cybersecurity

Panel: Future Capabilities of Quantum Networks
4:15 PM October 30

Jaya Baloo has been working internationally in Information Security for nearly 20 years. In the last few years, she has been named CISO of the year, top 100 CISOs globally, and top 100 Global Security Influencers. Her focus has been on secure network architecture where her work has ranged in areas from Lawful Interception, VoIP & Mobile Security, to designing national MPLS infrastructures, ISP architecture, as well as Quantum Communications networks. She has worked for numerous telecom providers, Verizon and France Telecom among others, and currently works for KPN Telecom in the Netherlands where she is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). A faculty member of Singularity university and a member of various infosec boards, she is always inspired about how much more there is to learn.

Kiran
Bhagotra
ProtectBox - CEO

Talk: Blockchain and the quantum threat
12:15 PM October 29

In her current role, as founder/CEO of award-winning cybersecurity comparison website/marketplace www.ProtectBox.com, which is making cybersecurity easy for small & medium businesses (SMBs), Kiran is not only making buying cybersecurity quick, simple & affordable but also challenging the norms of how SMBs engage with cybersecurity – trusting it again. Also changing the norms of who can work in cybersecurity. Resulting in them winning 5 Awards & finalist in 25+ other awards with coverage in The Times, Telegraph, Wired amongst 20+ others. This is Kiran’s 3rd start-up bringing government, industry and SMBs together.
Prior to this she has held various careers across government, industry (JPMorgan Chase, Cazenove, 3i, Lonmin and Brunswick Group amongst others), not-for-profits and consulted for several start-ups. This included promoting the UK’s cyber security strategy globally (including standards such as CyberEssentials) & the #WeProtect (children online) Summit. As well as Ministerial Reviews on critical national infrastructure resilience & machine learning digital redaction.
Kiran regularly speaks & advocates for Quantum Computing/Cybersecurity (vote, by 23 August, for ProtectBox to speak at SXSW Mar 2020 via https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/104534 & https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/104285; other articles/slots include https://www.wired.co.uk/article/blockchain-quantum-security, “Rise of the Quantum Internet” in Wired World in 2020, https://www.thepaypers.com/ & https://www.nimbusninety.com/chief-disruptor-live-oct-2019 ), Resilience/Data, Equailty/STEM & Youth Empowerment at international fora. Kiran has judged and mentored the CyberSecurity Challenge, Founders4Schools, Forbes #Under30 Summit’s hackathon and various new venture competitions.

Paolo
Paolo
Bianco
Airbus

User Panel: Transport and Logistics
3:00 PM October 29

Kai
Bongs
University of Birmingham - Director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology

Fireside chat: A survey of quantum sensors
10:15 AM October 30

Professor Kai Bongs is Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, where he drives the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications in climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development. Professor Bongs is Editor-in-Chief for the European Physical Journal – Quantum Technologies and UK representative on the Quantum Community Network of the European Quantum Flagship initiative. His work on translating cold atom quantum technologies to applications has been recognised by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award and the 2019 Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics.

Dr. Thierry
Botter
Airbus - Head of Airbus Blue Sky

Panel: Future Capabilities of Quantum Networks
4:15 PM October 30

Philippe
Bouyer
CNRS - Research Director CNRS

Panel: A survey of quantum sensors
10:15 AM October 30

Philippe Bouyer is research director at CNRS and deputy director of the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in Bordeaux. He received his doctorate at Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1995 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford during which he worked on atom interferometer-based inertial sensor experiments. He joined CNRS and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in 1996, where he worked on atom lasers and Anderson localization with cold atoms. His current interests are the study of quantum simulators with ultracold atoms and the development of atom interferometers for testing general relativity in space or detecting gravity fields and gravitational waves underground. He is the recipient of the 2012 Louis D award of the French academy, APS fellow and OSA senior member.

Robert
Broberg
University of Pennsylvania - Visiting Scholar

Panel: How will quantum change the current internet industry?
2:30 PM October 30

Robert Broberg is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Robert’s current research is focused on how to apply quantum technology to existing datacenter interconnect and transport technology problems. Trained as a Chemical Engineer, Robert entered the networking field in 1984 working for Ungermann Bass. At UB, Robert worked on one of the first TCP/IP stacks for NICs that enabled IP communications for early PCs. At UB, Robert led a team in Japan that transitioned terminal servers, channel attach gateways, and PC NICs from XNS to TCP/IP. Robert moved to Cisco Systems in 1993 and was a senior technical contributor on many core router projects including the paradygm shifting works of IP Packet over Sonet. Starting in 1998, Robert joined the Physical Science Division of Bell-Labs before returning to industry in 2001. Amongst many projects since 2001, Robert led a joint industry and academic team that built the first fault tolerant network operating system for core routers and then helped form Cisco’s Advanced Security Research group which brought academic research programs into Cisco to harden and secure the Internet. Robert continues to find innovation and excitment in the Internet and enjoys bringing positive impact working with both industry and academic experts.

Benno
Broer
Qu & Co - Founder and CEO

Panel: Applications software for quantum computers
4:15 PM October 30

Benno is the founder and CEO of Qu & Co, a quantum-algorithm and -software development business focused on chemistry and materials-science. He studied experimental quantum-physics at Delft University in the Netherlands, graduating in 1998 on quantum-dot research in the quantum-transport group (now QuTech) under Leo Kouwenhoven (now Microsoft). Benno is also a serial entrepreneur, experienced boardroom consultant and as our CEO dedicated to translating emerging quantum-technologies into high-value industry-relevant solutions. He has over 15 years of business development, B2B commercial and investment experience and was an advisor to a multitude of technology businesses. He is the founder of a local Dutch strategy consulting boutique with 25 consultants and previously worked a.o. at the Boston Consulting Group, in risk management at ING Bank and in private equity at Alpinvest Partners. Benno holds an MBA cum laude from INSEAD in France.

Joseph
Broz
Vice President Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Quantum policy in the United States
4:00 PM October 29

A theoretical physicist, Joseph Broz, Ph.D, leads SRI’s Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) in Applied Science, government business development, technical and business strategy. He brings 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to this role—including an extensive background in corporate business development and subject matter expertise in condensed matter physics, quantum systems, electromagnetics, micromagnetics, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Broz has significant experience with projects for multiple departments and agencies of the US Government, and served as a White House Fellow, and as a Special Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and as Special Assistant to Allan Bromley, Science Advisor to President George H.W. Bush. Additionally, he served as a British-American Fellow in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and as a Senior Fellow for National Security at the University of Chicago, NORC. Broz has worked closely with governors and executive branch officials on economic development issues. 

Before joining SRI in 2013, Broz served as the Laboratory Director for Tenneco—a Fortune 100 company, and as Vice President of Laboratories and Business Development for TIMET, the world’s largest titanium company, and as founder of Defense Capital Advisors.

As a member of the Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Broz consulted to the 9/11 Commission staff during its deliberations on recommendations for private sector preparedness. He has participated in a number of international commissions and boards regulating industrial standards, including ISO, and is a technical advisor on several ANSI standards working groups and committees.

Broz is a member of the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Science Advances, has published numerous technical papers and has been awarded several U.S. patents. Broz has a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zurich.

Harry
Buhrman
QuSoft - Executive Director

Panel: New directions for quantum computing architectures and algorithms
3:00 PM October 30

Harry Buhrman is professor of algorithms, complexity theory, and quantum computing at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), group leader of the Quantum Computing Group at the Center for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI), and executive director of QuSoft, a research center for quantum software, which he co-founded in 2015. He built the quantum computing group at CWI, which was one of the first groups worldwide and the first in The Netherlands working on quantum information processing. Buhrman’s research focuses on quantum computing, algorithms, and complexity theory. He co-developed the area of quantum communication complexity (distributed computing), and demonstrated for the first time that certain communication tasks can be solved (exponentially) more efficient with quantum resources. This showed that quantum computers can not only speed up computations, but also communication – which opened up a whole new application area of quantum information processing. Buhrman co-developed a general method to establish the limitations of quantum computers, and a framework for the study of quantum query algorithms, which is now textbook material.
He obtained a prestigious Vici-award and has coordinated several national and international quantum computing projects. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of QUTE-EUROPE and QUIE2T (European) and of CIFAR, IQC, INTRIQUE (Canadian). He started and chaired the first steering committee for QIP, the main international conference on quantum information processing.

Niels
Bultink
Qblox - CEO

Panel: Quantum chips, quantum memory and quantum materials
4 PM October 29

Niels Bultink is the CEO of Qblox, based in the Netherlands that focuses on the control electronics required for quantum computing. The company is a spin-off of QuTech (TU Delft and TNO), one of the largest quantum technology institutes worldwide, where Niels conducted his PhD research (to be defended). His research interests include quantum information processing on superconducting quantum processors and implementations of fault-tolerant quantum computing. His work focuses particularly on controlling multi-qubit processors to build quantum computers with an ever increasing number of qubits.

Rachele
Cocks
L3Harris Technologies - Principal Investigator

Panel: A survey of quantum sensors
10:15 AM October 30

Rachele Cocks has been a Principal Investigator for various research and development projects in the Space and Airborne Systems division of L3Harris Technologies. As a Systems Engineering Group Lead, she manages a team of scientists who support multiple internal research and development projects including CubeSat systems, detector physics and design, and the development of other innovative technologies. Rachele also leads part of L3Harris’s University relations. Prior to joining L3Harris Technologies, Rachele held various roles in industry primarily focused in research and development. Rachele is a prolific inventor having over 30 patents including, most recently awarded “On-orbit calibration system and associated control”. Rachele holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago; a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; an MBA from Indiana University; a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Purdue University; Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State and Masters in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.

Andy
Collins
Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre - Lecturer in Deep Science Enterprise Development

Panel Cluster/Hub growth in Quantum
12:15 PM October 30

Andy Collins is gained his PhD in bio-inorganic nanomaterials chemistry at the University of Bristol. Andy has previously the Industrial Research Fellow for the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials where he acted as an interface between the BCFN and their industrial partners. Andy is also the founder of SurfaceRF, a company specialising in tamper-proof enclosures.
He is currently in post at the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre and is involved in the education and development of scientifically leaning entrepreneurs seeking to establish their own deep tech companies. QTEC has helped over 17 companies get started who have cumulatively raised £11.9 M in private equity and grant funding.

Dr Florian
Curchod
Cambridge Quantum Computing - Head of Quantum Cryptography

Panel: How will quantum change the current internet industry?
2:30 PM October 30

Florian is the Head the Quantum Cryptography R&D team for Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) and develops quantum technologies for companies and governments to enable continued data privacy and protection against the increasing threat landscape. CQC is a full stack quantum-based company, having dedicated teams that specialise in the fields of quantum chemistry, quantum artificial intelligence, and quantum optimisation for quantum computers. Florian received his PhD in Quantum Information Theory from ICFO, studying quantum correlations to perform information tasks that were previously thought impossible. Previously, Florian obtained his master’s in mathematical physics at the University of Geneva. Currently, his team works on designing novel quantum protocols for certified quantum random number generation and quantum key distribution — and the fun of proving their security!

Hugues
de Riedmatten
ICFO - Professor

In depth session: Important scientific developments
11:45 AM October 30

Hugues de Riedmatten is ICREA professor and head of the Quantum Photonics group at the
Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain. His group´s research focuses on
experimental quantum information science and quantum optics, including quantum memories for
light, quantum light sources, quantum networks nodes and quantum frequency conversion. Hugues
obtained his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Between 2004 and 2006, he
was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He then came back to Geneva to
work as a senior scientist until 2010, when he joined ICFO to start a new research group. He
contributed to key steps in quantum repeater technology, including the first demonstrations of long
distance quantum teleportation, of quantum repeater links using cold atoms, of solid-state quantum
memories and of quantum communication between disparate quantum nodes. He has published
more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was the recipient of a European Research
Council Starting Grant and currently holds a frontier research grant from the US based Moore
foundation and is part of two European Quantum Flagship Projects (QIA and Square).  He was the
recipient of the Barcelona City Prize 2017 for his work on hybrid quantum networks.

Jeff
DeBord
Senior Analyst - Inside Quantum Technology

Market forecast of QKD and quantum networks
4:00 PM October 30

Jeff DeBord is a Senior Research Analyst at Inside Quantum Technology. He is the author of over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of semiconductor integration, organometallic synthesis, organically templated transition metal phosphates and organically templated metal oxides with novel magnetic properties. DeBord worked in semiconductor research, development and volume manufacturing for over 20 years. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and postdoctoral work at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. DeBord holds sixteen U.S. patents.

Martijn
Dekker
ABN AMRO Bank - Chief Information Security Officer and Managing Director

Quantum computing in the banking and financial services sector
12:15 PM October 29

Dr. Martijn Dekker was appointed Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of ABN AMRO in early 2010 and became managing director (EVP) in 2014. In his role as CISO, Martijn is responsible for defining, overseeing and implementing the information security strategy, including identity & access management, security operations and e-fraud prevention within the global ABN AMRO group. Martijn joined ABN AMRO in 1997 after completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. Next to his role in ABN AMRO, he is member of the security board of advisors of IBM. He is a regular keynote speaker and he is teaching IT security at University of Tilburg / TIAS school for business & society since 2012. Early 2018, he also joined the supervisory board of Stater N.V.

Kees
Eijkel
QuTech, Delft University of Technology - Business Development Director

Summing up the conference
5:00 PM October 30

Kees Eijkel is Business Development Director at QuTech, the Delft quantum institute founded by the Technical University of Delft and TNO. Before that, he was president of Kennispark Twente, the science park and innovation ecosystem in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology. His education is in Mathematics (MSc University of Amsterdam) and Engineering (PhD University of Twente). Kees has held several positions in organizations to support commercialization and startups, including public venture funds.

Roberta
Faux
Blackhorse Solutions - Director of Advanced Cryptography

Panel: How will PQC impact the encryption industry
11:45 AM October 29

Roberta Faux is a research scientist with expertise in cryptography, algorithm design, and optimization. As the Director of Advanced Cryptography at BlackHorse Solutions, she orchestrates the development efforts on next generation encryption with a focus on quantum resistant solutions and private AI. Ms. Faux is an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance Quantum-safe Security Working Group. With 12 years of signals intelligence and cryptanalytic experience for the US Department of Defense, she has experience creating sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques to provide analytic solutions for cyber related problems, often in a high-risk high-payoff environment. She has interacted across the US Intelligence Community, Department of State, US Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy and in supporting the White House Interagency Policy Committee for the Cyber Task Force on Standards and Internet Governance. She regularly publishes papers, gives talks and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado and two executive certificates from MIT.

Doug
Finke
Consulting Analyst, Inside Quantum Technology and Managing Editor, Quantum Computing Report

Market forecasts of PQC
12:45 PM October 29

Lawrence
Gasman
President - Inside Quantum Technology

Market forecast for quantum computers (IQT)
3:00 PM October 29

Lawrence Gasman is the founder and President of Inside Quantum Technology . He has authored industry analysis reports on quantum key distribution, quantum computing, quantum networks, and quantum sensors and numerous studies on high-speed interfaces for high-performance computers. He also served on a panel at the Q2B conference in 2017; the first ever business-oriented quantum computing conference. Lawrence has been tracking commercialization of new technologies for 35 years and has written four books in this area. His consulting work has included both major multinationals and high-tech start-ups as clients and he has also carried out due diligence work for investment banks, venture capitalists and leading management consulting firms.

Evert
Geurtsen
NQIT University of Oxford - Co-Director User Engagement

Quantum computing in government, defense and aersospace
12:45 PM October 29

Evert Geurtsen, Co-Director User Engagement, NQIT and the Hub for Quantum Computing & Simulation, University of Oxford
NQIT and its successor the Technology Hub for Quantum Computing & Simulation is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, a programme set up by the UK government to translate academic work on quantum technologies into new products and services. It brings UK physicists and engineers together with companies and entrepreneurs to commercialise the technology and stimulate its economic application.
Evert’s background was in new product development in the international automotive industry and also founded his own ventures and raised investment. Immediately prior to his role in the UK NQTP he was Head of Licensing and Ventures for Physical Sciences at Oxford University Innovation.

David
Gunnarsson
Bluefors - Chief Sales Officer|Principal Scientist

Panel: Cluster/Hub growth in Quantum
12:15 PM October 30

Dr. Harald
Hauschildt
European Space Agency (ESA) - ARTES ScyLight Programme Manager

Panel: Panel: Early Stage Quantum Network
12:15 PM October 30

Dr. Harald Hauschildt is the ESA Program  Manager for the ARTES ScyLight Program, dedicated to Optical Communication and Space based Quantum Cryptography. In this role Harald is also in charge for the preparation of ESAs HydRON programme to develop and demonstrate a “High Throughput Optical Network” in Space. Furthermore Harald is preparing the “Secure and Cryptographic Mission”called “SAGA” addressing Quantum Key Distribution from Space as well as the extension of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) to provide global coverage.

In his former career life Harald worked at DLR (German Aerospace Centre) in the role of the German Delegate to ESA and was responsible for the German participation in the USA-German Laser Crosslink Program between the US NFIRE and the German TerraSar-X Satellite which was the starting point for ESAs EDRS Programme. Dr. Hauschildt has a PHD in Physics and Astro-Physics from the University Bonn, Germany and has been working at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena (USA) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy, Bonn (Germany).

Freeke
Heijman
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, QuTech - Special advisor, Director Strategic Development

Panel Cluster/Hub growth in Quantum
12:15 PM October 30

Dr Michael
Hush
Q-Ctrl - Lead Quantum Control Engineer

Panel: New directions for quantum computing architectures
3:00 PM October 30

Dr Michael Hush is lead quantum controlengineer at Q-CTRL. Q-CTRL has been funded by venture capital from both Australia and abroad, with investment from Data Collective, Horizons Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Q-CTRL aims to be the trusted source of control for all quantum technologies. Michael leads the technical aspects of this effort as head of the quantum engineering team at Q-CTRL. Q-CTRL initial offering targets improving the performance of quantum computing hardware. Quantum computers can potentially revolutionize security, machine intelligence and chemical engineering. However noise prevents current hardware from achieving the fidelity required to solve these problems. Michael’s team develops control solutions, deployed through software infrastructure, that make quantum hardware robust to noise and operate at maximum fidelity.

Dr Michael Hush has studied the application of control to quantum technologies since his PhD at the Australian National University, through to his role as lecturer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Force Academy. He has developed novel control techniques to improve the performance of ultra-cold atoms for quantum sensing, solid state quantum memories for quantum communication, through to control of superconducting qubits and cold ions for quantum computing. This work has been funded through research grants from the Australian Research Council, Defense Science and Technology Group and Nvidia. Michael has extensive experience explaining the impact of these quantum technologies to business, and has been a panelist on quantum technology sessions including the Future of Software Development (BlueYard Community) and Lunch on Quantum computing – the potential for Australian Business (Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte).

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Sylwia
Kostka
QuantERA ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies - Programme Coordinator

Talk: European Quantum Technology Policies
2:30 PM October 29

Programme Coordinator of the QuantERA ERA-NET in Quantum Technologies www.quantera.eu, world’s largest network of Research Funding Organisations in Quantum Technologies from 27 countries, cofunded by the European Commission. Sylwia develops strategic multilateral cooperation programmes at the National Science Centre, Poland, governmental research funding agency, where she works since its establishment in 2011. Her main areas of interest are research funding policies in the EU Member States, widening participation and effectiveness of international programmes. She holds Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cracow University of Technology, MA in International Cooperation and European Studies from the Jagiellonian University and MA in Development Cooperation Policy and Management from the SWPS University.

Witold
Kowalczyk
Zapata Computing - Director of European Business Development

User panel 2: Quantum computing in the banking and financial services sector
12:15 PM October 29

Witold Kowalczyk is the Director of European Business Development for Zapata Computing where he’s responsible for implementing and managing the sales & partner activities across Europe.
He’s a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni. Founder & CEO of multiple startups within the AI and quantum tech industry. Founded BOHR Technology, a company working on quantum machine learning algorithms and software for solving complex optimization problems. At BOHR he was in charge of the startup’s growth strategy, product management and international business development.

Markus
Krutzik
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Head Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors

Panel: A survey of quantum sensor
10:15 AM October 30

Markus Krutzik leads the Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors (IQS) operated by Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin). The focus of the Joint Lab is to develop the next generation of chip-scale quantum sensors for frequency metrology, timing and field sensing applications on ground and in space. These sensors use high-precision spectroscopy techniques applied to atomic or molecular ensembles either at room temperature or near absolute zero using laser cooling and advanced cooling mechanisms. Towards this goal, several generations of miniaturized laser systems and optical frequency standards on sounding rockets have been developed and successfully operated in recent years.
Markus got his Ph.D. in 2014 (HU Berlin), worked at the University of California, Berkeley, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena. He was awarded with the Berlin-Adlershof Dissertation Prize 2014 and the German business magazine Capital selected him as “Young Elite – Top 40 under 40”.

Carlos
Kuchkovsky Jimenez
BBVA - Chief R&D and Technology Officer - New digital business

User panel 2: Quantum computing in the banking and financial services sector
12:15 PM October 29

Carlos is passionate about how exponential technologies are redefining society, business, and economics by allowing reliable interaction models. He began programming mobile multiplayer games, where he learned the importance of design and the user experience, incentive models and the complexity of creating distributed systems. He transitioned from a consultant-based practice to BBVA, where he has had the privilege of living the journey of transformation, as BBVA moves from a traditional financial institution to a global digital bank. He continues to be enthusiastic about the journey to digital, with the purpose of generating prosperity in society. When travel permits, he also shares experiences, ideas and opinions in various business schools and universities as a visiting professor. He is currently obsessed with the convergence of society, economics and technology and how the latter is setting the pace. He has collaborated in the creation of several startups around Fintech, IoT, and new governance models that support how advances in technology and help s people make smarter decisions.

Daan
Kuitenbrouwer
Delft Circuits - COO & Co Founder

Panel: Quantum chips, quantum memory and quantum materials
4:00 PM October 29

Dr. Tanja
Lange
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven - Full Professor

PQC schemes and standards
10:45 AM October 29

Prof Dr. Tanja Lange joined the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands) as
Full Professor in 2006. Her work bridges the gaps between algebraic geometry, theoretical
cryptography, and real-world information security. She is an expert on curve-based
cryptography and post-quantum cryptography.
Prof. Dr. Lange is on the editorial board for 4 journals and serves on 3 steering
committees, including the workshop series on Post-Quantum Cryptography. She coordinated
the EU-H2020 project PQCRYPTO — Post-quantum cryptography for long-term security
https://pqcrypto.eu.org
She is a regular speaker at crypto and security conferences and has written more than 70
articles and books, including an article in Nature on Post-Quantum Cryptography.

Laure
Le Bars
SAP Research & Innovation Research Project Director

Panel: End users: the software perspective
12:45 PM October 29

Laure Le Bars is a Research Project Director at SAP Research & Innovation. She started an initiative on Quantum Computing @SAP. She is working on several projects like Big Data Value Association www.bdva.eu (Board of Directors and President; BDVe project manager), and Smart Data Innovation Lab (www.sdil.de deputy coordinator until 2016), EIT Digital (principal of staff, office of the CEO; SAP project coordinator) or Academy Cube. She is also involved in the French-German cooperation on Digital Economy.

Before that, she set up SAP Labs Canada and was the Managing Director of the lab since its inception in 1997 until 2008. In parallel, she conducted an analysis for a lab in Central & East Europe in 2004, established the lab in Budapest and was the Managing Director of SAP Labs Hungary until 2007. She won in 2007 the Stevie Award for Women in Business in category “Best executive–non-services-under 2500 employees”; and was nominated in category “Best Canadian Executive”. 

She was sitting on the Industrial Advisory Board of SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge www.swebok.org), a joint initiative of IEEE Computer Society and UQAM to achieve international consensus on the body of knowledge in software engineering. 

Laure Le Bars holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise, Groupe Centrale, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, in France. Her thesis dealt with Operation Research for Artificial Intelligence at GERAD (Groupe d’études et de recherche en analyse des décisions) in Montréal, Canada.

 

Pascal
Maillot
European Commission - Deputy Head of Unit HPC and Quantum technologies

International quantum technology policies
2:30 PM October 29

Pascal Maillot is deputy Head of Unit of the newly created High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology unit in Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission. He is in charge of the one-billion euro Quantum Flagship initiative launched in October 2018 with its first 20 projects.
He graduated as a computer engineer in 1998 and had several positions in the private and public sector as telecom project manager and cyber-security analyst.
He then moved to the quantum domain and focuses specifically on the future “quantum internet” interconnecting quantum computers, simulators and sensors via quantum networks to distribute information and quantum resources securely all over Europe.

Charles
Marcus
Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor, Niels Bohr Institute and Scientific Director, Microsoft Quantum Lab - Copenhagen

Building the case for quantum technology
9:45 AM October 29

Charlie Marcus is Professor and Center Director of QDev and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Quantum Research project at NBI, University of Copenhagen.

His research interests include neural networks, quantum chaos, mesoscopic physics, fractional quantum Hall systems, quantum information, spin qubits and topological quantum states in condensed matter.

Andy
Mason
D-Wave - European Sales Director

Fireside chat: Quantum cloud services
10:45 AM October 29

Andy joined D-Wave in 2014 as European Sales Director, (based in the UK), leading D-Wave’s business across European where there are now many customers across a diverse range of industries. Prior to joining D-Wave Andy spent 8 years with Cray in the supercomputing business, where he formed partnerships that included UK government, weather forecasters (UK Met Office and ECMWF) as well as UK universities, and major research laboratories. Andy has also held marketing and technical roles in the telecommunications industry including Nortel Networks, Newbridge Networks and Gandalf Digital Systems. He has a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and technical support and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Mark
Mattingley-Scott
IBM - IBM Q Europe Ambassador

Panel: IBM's Commercialization Roadmap
10:15 AM October 29

Dr. Jane
Melia
Quintessence Labs - VP of Strategic Business Development

Panel: Current QKD and QRNG systems
10:15 AM October 30

Tracy
Northup
University of Innsbruck - Professor

Panel: In depth session: Important scientific developments
11:45 AM October 30

Tracy Northup is the Ingeborg Hochmair Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she leads the Quantum Interfaces group. Her group’s research explores quantum interfaces between light and matter, focusing on trapped-ion and cavity-based interfaces for quantum networks and quantum optomechanics. Tracy received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. She then held an appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Innsbruck, where she was the recipient of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and an Elise Richter Fellowship. She became an assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck in 2015 and has been a full professor since 2017. Notable research results include experimental demonstrations of ion-photon entanglement and quantum state transfer in an optical cavity, as building blocks for future quantum network nodes. In 2016, she received the START Prize, the highest Austrian award for young scientists, from the Austrian Science Fund.

Wil
Oxford
Bra-Ket Science - Founder and CEO

Panel: How will PQC impact the encryption industry
11:45 AM October 29

Wil Oxford is founder and CEO of Bra-Ket Science, a spin-out from Southern Methodist University pursuing photonic quantum storage and logic devices. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina in 1987. His dissertation project was one of the world’s first Scanning Electron Microscope-based Integrated Circuit testing systems.
In 1987, Wil joined Apple Computer in Cupertino CA, where he worked on advanced DSP software and mixed-signal IC designs for personal computer use. He was responsible for the architecture and design of the audio subsystems for most of the Macintosh line for well over a decade. In 1995, Wil moved to the joint Apple/IBM/Motorola Design Center in Austin, TX, where he was part of the team that produced several generations of PowerPC CPU designs.
After nearly 14 years at Apple, Wil left for LifeSize Communications, where he was the primary designer of the LifeSize Phone; the world’s most advanced VoIP conference telephony system.
Following LifeSize, Wil founded Rubicon Labs, Inc. and spent the next dozen years developing Rubicon’s Symmetric Zero-Knowledge IoT security platform. This technology was used to provide security services scaling all the way from very low-power edge devices to high performance cloud-based applications.
In 2017, Wil left Rubicon to found Bra-Ket Science. He is the holder of 40 issued US patents, several foreign patents and has many more still pending.

Marco
Paini
Rigetti Computing - Quantum Applications Program Manager

Panel: End users: the software perspective
12:45 PM October 29

Marco Paini is program manager of quantum computing applications at Rigetti. Marco previously led QxBranch’s quantum computing applications portfolio development and, prior to joining QxBranch, spent more than eighteen years with Accenture, where he held several roles in technology, including the management of the AI ecosystem and the development of the quantum computing offering for the Accenture UKI Financial Services Technology Advisory practice. Marco studied physics at the University of Pavia, where he collaborated with the Quantum Information Theory Group of the University of Pavia, contributing to important results in quantum tomography.

Chris
Papile
CEO - BraneCell

Panel: Quantum chips, quantum memory and quantum materials
4:00 PM October 29

Dr. Papile leads BraneCell’s world-class team in the development of our qubit array hardware, aimed at
unlocking the potential of Industry 4.0 and strategic applications of USA and NATO interest.  
 
His research has included the synthesis of well-defined transition metal (< 10 atom) clusters, ionic
liquids, supramolecular chemistry, 3D nano-scale cell architectures, 2D ceramic membranes, low-and
room-temperature infrared light interaction with transition metal dots and synchrotron light induced
and backscattered spherical waves.  
 
Globally significant technologies he invented/developed include: the preferred industrial polycarbonate
monomer catalyst material system (WO2018200278), renewable PVC (WO2017216272), sustainable
ammonia technology, ultra-low-CO 2 hydrogen production, magnetically susceptible material processes
(US 8549857), metal superoxide combustion (WO2008113061) for the circular economy, on-board fuel
cell vehicle H 2 producing materials (WO2000066487) and the BraneCell granted and applied patents.  He
was co-founder of Catalyte, and was part of the original management team that started-up of Epyx Fuel
Cells, out of Arthur D. Little, Inc.
 
He works for and cares about quantum engineering for the betterment of all persons and the
environment. Qubit array results will provide humanity a window to something profound, benefiting in
ways not yet known, when we abide with the good and the unfolding of truth. Dr. Papile is published in
peer-reviewed scientific journals and his quantum engineering work makes-its-way to practical
outcomes and business cases though his international industrial experience.

Sinisha
Patkovic
Managing Director, EMEA - ISARA

Fireside chat: Evolution of PQC
10:15 AM October 29

Sinisha Patkovic is the Managing Director of EMEA at ISARA Corporation. He is dedicated to working closely with Government and Fortune 500 organization Leaders, Boards and IT Executives on Cyber Governance and Resilience. He has over 20 years experience in the technology industry developing deep-sector knowledge of enterprise security, privacy, and IT, as well as IoT and Edge Computing technologies.
Prior to joining ISARA, Sinisha spent 14 years at BlackBerry where he was the Vice President of Government Solutions. He joined BlackBerry in 2005 with overall responsibility for driving the business with Verizon Wireless across the U.S., with a focus on Federal Government agencies in Washington, DC. In 2008 he accepted the opportunity to develop a cybersecurity team based in Europe. Under his leadership, the team provided advisory services on cybersecurity strategies and addressed
challenges and concerns related to product security acceptance for classified use. Sinisha serves on the board of EEMA, a leading European think-tank for digital identity and trust. He is CISSP-ISSAP certified, has a Masters degree in Technology Governance from the Solvay School of Economics, and is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Douglas
Paul
University of Glasgow Title -EPSRC Quantum Technology Established Research Fellow

Panel: Quantum radar and quantum lidar
11:45 AM October 30

Douglas Paul has a MA degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics and a PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the Cavendish along with being a Fellow and Wine Steward at St Edmunds College, Cambridge before moving to the University of Glasgow, UK in 2007. From 2010 to 2015 he was Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre in the University of Glasgow and since 2015 he has held an EPSRC Quantum Technology Established Research Fellowship and a Dstl Visiting Fellowship. He presently runs a research group of over 20 people with an active grant portfolio of over £24M mainly concentrating on quantum technology with chip scale (cold) atom systems, MEMS gravimeters, Ge on Si single photon avalanche detectors, range-finding / lidar and single electron devices. He is a member of the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology / Timing, QuantiC (the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Enhanced Imaging) and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Prof Paul was one of the editors of the Technology Roadmap of European Nanoelectronic which became the Future Emerging Technology section of the ITRS roadmap and in 2016 was the editor for the European Strategic Research Agenda on Sustainable ICT. He has previously sat on the UK Home Office Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Scientific Advisory Committee and presently sits on the MOD Defence Science Expert Committee and the UK Government Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. In 2014 he was awarded the Institute of Physics President’s Medal for his work translating advanced technology into products.

Olivier
Pfeiffer
ID Quantique - Head of Finance and Critical Infrastructure Markets

Panel: Current QKD and QRNG systems
10:15 AM October 30

Olivier Pfeiffer is Head of Finance and Critical Infrastructure Markets at ID Quantique. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the security industry and more than 20 in network and internet technologies. Prior to joining IDQ he led the business development activities for Swiss IoT companies in the critical infrastructure, logistics and defense industries as well as media protection companies. Earlier, Olivier also co-founded a number of companies active in Internet-centric media technologies in the USA and in Europe. Olivier graduated from New York University (BA and APC in Business management).

Jose
Pozo
EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) - Director of technology and Innovation

Building the quantum community
4:30 PM October 29

Jose Pozo is Director of Technology and Innovation at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). He has a 20 year background in photonics technology and market knowledge, and a large network within the industrial and academic photonics landscape. Jose is a member of the board of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and an MSc and BEng in Telecom Engineering from Spain/Belgium.

Jesse
Robbers
AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet eXchange) Chief Commercial Officer

Panel: How will quantum change the current internet industry ?
2:30 PM October 30

When I joined AMS-IX’s commercial department in 2016, I had been collecting years of experience in the field of Internet, Telecom and Media. One of my strengths is forming strategic links between markets, clients and solutions. Building bridges and creating new opportunities and relations is crucial amidst the very fast developments in today’s tech world. Anyone who is not connected to these developments, will miss the boat. I like to look forward and I have always been very fascinated by new communication technologies. From there, I am interested in the impact of technology on our economy, on our personal lives and on competition. That is why I am involved in DINL (the Digital Infrastructure of the Netherlands), acting on behalf of our digital economy. AMS-IX was marked as the third mainport to the Netherlands, right next to the Harbour of Rotterdam and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Personally, I am really eager to keep AMS-IX playing a leading part in the world of interconnect.

Fabio
Sanches
QC Ware - Product Manager

Panel: Applications software for quantum computers
4:15 PM October 30

Fabio Sanches is the Product Manager for QC Ware, where he is designing QC Ware’s quantum algorithms software platform, Forge, offering functionality in optimization, machine learning, and chemistry simulation. In additional to the quantum algorithms functionality Forge also provides enterprise users easy access to quantum hardware. As hardware technology matures, the algorithms powering Forge are expected to provide an advantage over state of the art classical algorithms for certain problems.
In addition to overseeing the development of Forge, Fabio is also a senior scientist at QC Ware, conducting research on quantum algorithms with emphasis on algorithms for near term devices. Over the last two years at QC Ware, he has worked with customers in finance, automotive, oil and gas, and aerospace industries, leading projects focused on analyzing computationally taxing problems, suggesting appropriate quantum algorithms, and analyzing quantum computational requirements for such problems.
Fabio’s background is in high energy theoretical physics. During his PhD at UC Berkeley, he worked on quantum gravity, holography, the black hole information paradox, and cosmology.

Corey
Stambaugh
White House, Executive Office of the President - Industrial Liaison, National Quantum Coordination Office, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Talk: European quantum technology policies
2:30 PM October 29

Corey Stambaugh is the Industrial Liaison for the National Quantum Coordination Office at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is currently on detail from the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he is a staff physicist. He earned a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Florida and has co-authored more than 40 papers on a variety of topics. He is a past recipient of an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellowship, a NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship, and the NIST Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award.

Andrew
Strong
ID Quantique - Business Development Manager, Single Photon Systems

Panel: Quantum radar and quantum lidar
11:45 AM October 30

Andrew Strong is Business Development Manager in the Single Photon Systems division at ID Quantique and is a Physicist, Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He brings over 30 years’ experience in a variety of optical fibre and photonic sensor technologies, from academic and collaborative research to commercialisation and deployment of novel sensors in applications ranging from the oil & gas industry to electrical power transmission and distribution. Andrew works with ID Quantique’s partners and customers (both academic and industrial) to develop next-generation quantum sensor systems and solutions.

Jürgen
Stuhler
TOPTICA Photonics AG - Vice President Quantum Technologies

Panel: Early Stage Quantum Networks
12:15 PM October 30

Dr. Juergen Stuhler (Vice President Quantum Technologies) received diploma and phd in physics from University of Constance/Germany (J. Mlynek group) for atom lithography, laser cooling and trapping of chromium atoms. During a 2-years post-doc stage at LENS – European Laboratory of Non-linear Spectroscopy in Florence/Italy (G. Tino/M. Inguscio group) he built an atom gravimeter to measure the Newtonian gravitational constant. After that, he became atom optics group leader and lecturer at University of Stuttgart/Germany (T. Pfau group), where he led experiments on electromagnetically-induced transparency, Rydberg excitation and BEC in trapped Rb atoms, as well as BEC and dipole-dipole interaction with Cr atoms. In 2006, he joined TOPTICA Photonics, a privately held laser manufacturing company located in Munich-Graefelfing/Germany with today more than 300 employees and key products for applications in quantum technologies (QT), like tunable single-frequency diode lasers from 190 nm to 4000 nm, and pulsed fiber lasers & frequency combs from 420 to 2100 nm. He held several positions such as a Sales Manager Scientific, Product Manager, Project Leader, and Scientific Sales Director. Since 2015, he is responsible for QT efforts at TOPTICA. This comprises leading of product management & applications as well as defining development projects and long-term strategy. In addition to that, he is coordinator of the German quantum technology pilot project “opticlock”, dissemination & exploitation chair in the EU quantum flagship project “QIA” and TOPTICA representative for the EU quantum flagship projects “iqclock” and “aqtion”. Besides QT, he has recently founded TOPTICA Photonics (China) Co., Ltd., where he holds the positions Chairman of the Board and General Manager.

Wolfgang
Tittel
QuTech Delft - Professor

Panel: Current QKD and QRNG systems
10:15 AM October 30

Wolfgang Tittel (Fontenay-aux-Roses/France, 1970) is an experimental physicist, a professor at the EEMCS Department at the TU Delft, and a staff member at QuTech since 2018. Tittel received his PhD from the University of Geneva in 2000 for “Quantum correlation for quantum communication”, which was seminal in bringing quantum communication technology out of the laboratory and into the real world using deployed telecommunication fiber. His work has raised, and continues to raise, both scientific and public awareness and appreciation that the new technology is not restricted to contrived laboratory settings.
Tittel joined the University of Calgary in 2006 as associate professor. He was promoted to full professor in 2013. Notable research results include the first demonstration of measurement-device independent quantum key distribution, which is of particular interest due to its resilience to quantum hacking, its suitability for building networks, and its upgradability to quantum repeater-based communication links; city-wide quantum teleportation; and the storage and recall of members of entangled photon pairs using rare-earth-based quantum memory.

Matthias
van den Bossche
Thales Alenia Space - Director, Telecommunication and Navigation Systems R&D

Panel: Early Stage Quantum Networks
12:15 PM October 30

Mathias Van Den Bossche is in charge of R&D in telecom & navigation systems at TAS. Mathias holds a PhD in theoretical quantum physics and has been working in the field of strongly correlated fermions for 7 years before turning to space industry. He Joined the Galileo programme in its early stages where he was in charge of the Ground Mission Segment performance, and system architecture simplification in the FOC phase. He conducted technical business development activities in Europe and America for TAS before becoming the programme manager of KASS (EGNOS in Korea). He is now especially in charge of the TAS roadmap on quantum technologies – relying for this on the long Thales history in this domain, and developing new concepts and projects.

Dr. Pieter
Vermaas
Delft University of Technology - Associate Professor

Panel: Future Capabilities of Quantum Networks
4:15 PM October 30

Pieter Vermaas works at the philosophy department of TU Delft and is expert in philosophy of technology and design. He conducted a first exploration of the societal impact of quantum internet, in close collaboration with the quantum technology researchers at Delft’s QuTech: https://qutech.nl/quantum-internet-magazine/. Research by Pieter Vermaas focuses on the epistemology of design, engineering systems, and quantum technology.

Richard
Versluis
TNO - Principal Scientist/Systems Engineer

Panel: Operating systems for quantum computers
4:00 PM October 30

Richard Versluis (Rotterdam, 1971) is TNO principal scientist/systems engineer in the Quantum Technology department with a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) degree from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente with a focus on control systems and computer engineering (1996). Between 2001 and 2003 he worked as a visiting researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Between 2003 and 2013 he worked on EUV lithography machines with ASML and Zeiss and delivered various high tech prototype systems used in EUV lithography and other technology fields. Since 2014 Richard is working as TNO’s lead scientist and systems engineer in QuTech, contributing to QuTech’s ambition to build the world’s first Fault Tolerant Quantum Computer. Issues to be solved are diverse, such as classical data processing limitations, thermal issues, material characterization and improvement, scalability and reproducibility, design trade off and requirement specifications. He has contributed to designs for large scale quantum computers and is currently the system architect for Quantum Inspire, a quantum computing platform to provide users access to various technologies to perform quantum computations.

Stephanie
Wehner
QuTech, Delft University of Technology - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor, Roadmap Leader Quantum Internet and Networked Computing

Keynote: Vision on a Global Quantum Internet
9:45 AM October 30

Stephanie Wehner is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology. As Roadmap Leader Quantum Internet and Networked Computing she is responsible for QuTech’s quantum networks objectives. Her passion is quantum communication in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography, the coordinator of the Quantum Internet Alliance, and has been awarded the KNAW Ammodo Science Award 2019. From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry.

1
whurley
Strangeworks - Founder and CEO

Fireside chat: The evolution of quantum computing software
2:30 PM October 30

whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, A Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the Quantum Computing Standards Workgroup at the IEEE, the first Ambassador to CERN and Society, a regular contributor to TechCrunch on the topic of Quantum Computing, and the co-author of “Quantum Computing For Babies”. Prior to starting Strangeworks he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs [NYSE: GS]. He came to Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of his second startup, Honest Dollar. Prior to Honest Dollar whurley founded Chaotic Moon Studios which was acquired by Accenture.