The Future of Superconducting Quantum Computing

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The Future of Superconducting Quantum Computing

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Schedule (GMT+3):

15:30: Prof. John Martinis (UCSB)

16:00: Dr. Jay Gambetta (IBM Fellow and Vice President, Quantum Computing)

16:30: Dr. Jan Goetz (Co-founder and CEO at IQM)

16:55: Dr. Matthew Hutchings (Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at SEEQC)

17:20: Prof. Oskar Painter (Head of Quantum Hardware at Amazon & Caltech)

17:50: Dr. Ilana Wisby (CEO at OQC)

18:15: Dr. Chad Rigetti (Founder and CEO at Rigetti)

18:45: Panel of experts

Schedule (EDT):

08:30AM: Prof. John Martinis (UCSB)

09:00AM: Dr. Jay Gambetta (IBM Fellow and Vice President, Quantum Computing)

09:30AM: Dr. Jan Goetz (Co-founder and CEO at IQM)

9:55AM: Dr. Matthew Hutchings (Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at SEEQC)

10:20AM: Prof. Oskar Painter (Head of Quantum Hardware at Amazon & Caltech)

10:50AM: Dr. Ilana Wisby (CEO at OQC)

11:15AM: Dr. Chad Rigetti (Founder and CEO at Rigetti)

11:45AM: Panel of experts

Event Hosts: Dr. Asif Sinay (Co-founder and CEO at QEDMA)

Prof. Netanel Lindner (Technion & Co-founder and CTO at QEDMA)

1st lecture:

Speaker: Prof. John Martinis (UCSB)

Bio: John Martinis pioneered research on superconducting quantum-bits as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley. He has worked at CEA France, NIST Boulder, and UC Santa Barbara. In 2014 he was awarded the London Prize for low-temperature physics research on superconducting qubits. In 2014 he joined the Google quantum-AI team, and now heads an effort to build a useful quantum computer.

Title: Benchmarking a large quantum computer


2nd lecture:

Speaker: Jay Gambetta (IBM Fellow and Vice President, Quantum Computing)

Bio: Jay Gambetta is currently VP, Quantum Computing, IBM Fellow & Master Inventor, where he has contributed to the work on quantum validation techniques, quantum codes, improved gates and coherence, near-term applications of quantum computing, the IBM Quantum Experience, and the Qiskit open source framework and leads IBM’s Quantum Computing group. Previously, he worked at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Canada and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. Jay has over 100 publications in field of quantum information science. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society. He holds a PhD in physics from Griffith University Australia.



3rd lecture:

Speaker: Dr Jan Goetz (Co-Founder and CEO at IQM)

Bio: Jan is a quantum physicist and co-founding CEO of IQM, building quantum computers for the wellbeing of humankind. IQM has assembled an exceptional team of international quantum experts developing co-design quantum computers to tackle the hardest challenges modern society is facing. IQM's breakthroughs include pioneering on-chip components for ultra-fast processors and hardware-efficient solutions for application-specific computers. IQM has raised more than EUR 71 million in funding, including the largest seed investment round in Finnish history. Jan did his doctorate on superconducting quantum circuits at the Technical University of Munich and worked as a Marie Curie Fellow in Helsinki at Aalto University, where he holds the title of lecturer. He is selected as one of the 40 under 40 in Germany and received the prestigious entrepreneurship award from the KAUTE Foundation.

Title: IQM Co-Design Quantum Computers

Abstract: Quantum Computing offers revolutionary possibilities for future technologies. Quantum applications include examples such as drug discovery, aircraft optimization, and portfolio management in finance. To use quantum computers in the related industries, the size of quantum processors still needs to be increases by orders of magnitude compared to the current state-of-the-art. Once this gap is closed, the community expects to reach quantum advantage, i.e., a quantum computer outperforming classical supercomputer in commercially interesting problems. To create a shortcut to quantum advantage with more efficient hardware resources, IQM is developing novel Co-Design Quantum Computers to reach commercial quantum advantage faster. Together with partners from research and industry, IQM is building a strong ecosystem for commercially viable quantum technologies.

4th lecture:

Speaker: Dr. Matt Hutchings (Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at SEEQC)

Bio: Matt Hutchings has extensive experience in both research and commercialization of quantum computing technology. Following a PhD in experimental physics at Cardiff University, Matt joined the Plourde Quantum Research Lab at Syracuse University, as a postdoctoral researcher, where he focused on the development of novel superconducting quantum circuits. At Syracuse, he was the lead experimental Postdoc for an international project with Saarland University to develop a novel superconducting metamaterial device and led a collaborative project with the IBM quantum computing team, to develop a scalable qubit element. This IBM collaboration successfully delivered a novel quantum computing element that was incorporated into a number of their state-of-the-art quantum processor architectures. Matt advanced research developments of Seeqc’s underlying SFQu-class technology, through a collaboration between the Plourde team at Syracuse, the McDermott team at University of Wisconsin Madison and Hypres, the inventors of the technology. Having recognized the commercial value of this technology, Matt joined the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre fellowship program at Bristol University, a startup accelerator program aimed at providing the vital business

Title: Seeqc - Digital Quantum Computing

Abstract: Seeqc is developing the first digital quantum computing platform for global businesses. Seeqc combines classical and quantum technologies to address the efficiency, stability and cost issues endemic to quantum computing systems. The company applies classical and quantum technology through digital readout and control technology and through a unique chip-scale architecture. Seeqc’s quantum system provides the energy- and cost-efficiency, speed and digital control required to make quantum computing useful and bring the first commercially-scalable, problem-specific quantum computing applications to market.

The company is one of the first companies to have built a superconductor multi-layer commercial chip foundry and through this experience has the infrastructure in place for design, testing and manufacturing of quantum-ready superconductors. Seeqc is a spin-out of Hypres, the world’s leading developer of superconductor electronics. Seeqc’s team of executives and scientists have deep expertise and experience in commercial superconductive computing solutions and quantum computing. Seeqc is based in Elmsford, NY with design and test facilities in the UK and EU

5th lecture:

Speaker: Prof. Oskar J. Painter (Head of Quantum Hardware at Amazon & Caltech)

Bio: Oskar J. Painter is the Head of Quantum Hardware Research at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing, and the John G Braun Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena, California. Professor Painter's research interests are in nanophotonics, quantum optics, and optomechanics for applications in precision measurement and quantum information science. Recent work by Painter and the AWS Center for Quantum Computing team can be seen on Amazon Science and academic journals.

Title: Herding cat qubits: design for a fault-tolerant quantum computer


“Scaling the physical qubit count and reducing the gate error rate in quantum circuits are two of the primary challenges in developing useful quantum computers. Implementing quantum error correction in hardware leverages both qubit scaling and physical gate error rate reduction to close the error rate gap required for implementation of known quantum algorithms of practical import. This talk, based on a recent research paper from the AWS Center for Quantum Computing, proposes an approach that combines active and passive error correction to realize efficient fault-tolerant quantum error correcting circuits using the properties of cat qubit states in long-lived acoustic or electrical oscillators.”

6th lecture:

Speaker: Dr. Ilana Wisby (CEO at OQC)

Bio: Dr Ilana Wisby is the Founding CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), the UK’s premier player in the quantum revolution. Ilana and her team at OQC have built the UK’s most advanced quantum computer, the only one commercially available in the country. It is OQC’s mission to put quantum in the hands of humanity and at the fingertips of our most brilliant minds to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Ilana is also an advisor to the WEF’s new Future Council on Quantum and a champion for women in technology and leadership. Ilana envisions a brighter future for everyone, enabled by quantum.



7th lecture:

Speaker: Dr. Chad Rigetti (Founder and CEO at Rigetti)

Bio: Chad Rigetti is a quantum computing physicist and the founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing. He worked in the quantum computing group at IBM. Chad has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Regina and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale.



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