“[IQT]...has quickly become the quantum industry’s leading conference.” —ZDNET

Speakers

Andre

Andre

Carvalho

Head of Quantum Control Solutions, Q-CTRL

Andre Carvalho is the Head of Quantum Control Solutions at Q-CTRL, where he leads all aspects of customer-related projects. With a PhD in physics and almost 20 years working as a researcher, Andre has a vast international experience and is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of quantum control. At Q-CTRL, he is bringing together expertise from physicists and engineers to develop control solutions for quantum technology problems across multiple platforms.

Vishal

Vishal

Chatrath

Co-founder and CEO, QuantrolOx

With over 25 years of experience in the deep-tech, Vishal is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building innovative products using cutting-edge technologies. He is the co-founder and CEO of QuantrolOx, an Anglo-Finnish spinout from Oxford University that is developing automation software to accelerate the scaling of quantum computers.

Vishal experience spans across opto-electronics, smartphone SW, navigation systems, automotive, AI and quantum technologies. He has held various roles in research, manufacturing, operations, R&D, strategy, product management and business development. He has founded and led several startups, including Secondmind, an AI company, and VocalIQ, that was acquired by Apple in 2015. He is also an active advisor to promising deep tech startups and a member of the Founders Pledge, a community of entrepreneurs who commit to donate a portion of their personal proceeds to effective social causes. Vishal is a global citizen who has lived in 15 cities across 11 countries, from the Equator to the Arctic.

Vivek

Vivek

Chidambaram

Superconducting Hardware Development Manager, National Quantum Computing Centre (UK)

Vivek Chidambaram is the Superconducting Hardware Development Manager at the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). He did his PhD at University of Cambridge on superconductor-semiconductor quantum devices, followed by postdoctoral research in the group of Dr Peter Leek at University of Oxford on scaling superconducting qubits. Now he is building a team of superconducting qubit researchers at the NQCC who will set up quantum computing hardware testbeds, understand and address scaling challenges through internal and collaborative research, and contribute to the NQCC’s wider goal of enabling quantum computing capability in the UK.

Jerry M.

Jerry M.

Chow

IBM Fellow and Director, Hardware Infrastructure, IBM Quantum

Dr. Jerry M. Chow is an IBM Fellow and the Director of Quantum Hardware Infrastructure at IBM, responsible for the vision and implementation of IBM’s quantum hardware systems roadmap encompassing technology, characterization, and system integration. His technical expertise is in the area of superconducting qubit quantum computing. Chow graduated magna cum laude with a BA in physics and MS in applied mathematics from Harvard University (2005) and subsequently a PhD in physics from Yale University (2010). He was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his study at Yale, where he worked on implementing the first quantum processor with superconducting qubits in Prof. Rob Schoelkopf’s group. He joined IBM as a Research Staff Member in 2010. In 2012 he was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 Technology list. In 2016 he co-lead the IBM Quantum Experience project, placing a real quantum processor accessible to anyone on the Cloud. In 2021, he was named an APS Fellow in the Division of Quantum Information and was named to the 2022 class of IBM Fellows, the highest technical distinction at IBM.

Stig

Stig

Elkjær Rasmussen

Quantum Engineer, Kvantify
Johan

Johan

Felix

Director, Quantum Sweden Innovation Platform

Dr. Johan Felix is the Director of the Swedish Quantum Innovation Platform, QSIP. Johan Felix is also Director of Strategic Collaborations at Chalmers Industriteknik. Earlier in his career, he worked in research and development in the field of materials science. He has also been active for many years in the Swedish innovation system and e.g. managed a national strategic innovation programme in green technology in Sweden. Dr. Felix holds a PhD degree from Chalmers University of Technology.

Lawrence

Lawrence

Gasman

President, IQT Research

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.

Marcello

Marcello

Girardi

Co-founder and Head Process Engineer, Iloomina

Marcello is one of the co-founders of Iloomina, a start-up focusing on prototyping photonic integrated circuits based on silicon nitride. He works on the design and fabrication of low-loss photonic integrated circuits with applications in telecommunications, sensing, and quantum technology.

Marcello obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from Trento University and his M.Sc. in Material Science from Padova University. He obtained his PhD in Microtechnology and Nanoscience from the Photonics Laboratory at Chalmers University where he focused on the design, fabrication, and testing of multilayer photonic integrated circuits for optical communication.

Asger

Asger

Jensen

Senior Market Development Manager & Head of Quantum, NKT Photonics

Master in nanotechnology from Aalborg University and PhD in integrated nonlinear optics from DTU. Asger has been with NKT Photonics since 2016 in various commercial and technical roles and today heads the quantum activities, where laser based systems are being developed for the growing quantum computing, metrology and sensing markets. In addition, Asger is the chairman of the Danish Optical Society, who works for the interests of the Danish optics and photonics community.

Camilla

Camilla

Johansson

Co-Director, Quantum Sweden Innovation Platform

Dr. Camilla Johansson is the co-Director of the Swedish Innovation Platform for Quantum Technology, QSIP as well as group manager for Innovation Management at Chalmers Industriteknik. Camilla has a background as a patent associate and has since she joined Chalmers Industriteknik been working with questions related to innovation, utilization and tech. transfer in large projects were both academia and industry plays an active part, e.g. the European Flagship for Graphene. Dr. Johansson holds a PhD degree in material science from Chalmers University of Technology.

Mikael

Mikael

Johansson

Manager for Quantum Technologies, CSC - Finnish IT Center for Science

In his role as Manager for Quantum Technologies at CSC, The Finnish IT Center for Science, Dr. Johansson oversees CSC’s participation in global initiatives related to quantum technologies, and in general explores and enables the uptake of quantum technologies in R&D communities. He considers quantum-accelerated high-performance computing to be a central part of future supercomputing ecosystems. He spent twenty years in academia, studying and teaching quantum mechanical effects in (bio)chemistry. Dr Johansson holds an associate professorship in physical chemistry at the University of Helsinki, is vice-director of the Finnish Quantum-Computing Infrastructure, and co-founder of the Nordic-Estonian quantum computing infrastructure initiative NordIQuEst.

Bharath

Bharath

Kannan

CEO & Co-Founder, Atlantic Quantum

Bharath is the CEO and Co-Founder of Atlantic Quantum, a startup developing scalable quantum computers. He received his PhD from MIT as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, where his work primarily focused on the development of new architectures for communicating between quantum processors as well as novel gates for the fast control of low-frequency qubits. Bharath received his B.S. in Physics from Rutgers University in 2016 and his M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering and computer science from MIT in 2018 and 2022, respectively.

Antti

Antti

Kemppinen

Senior Scientist, VTT

Antti Kemppinen is senior scientist at the Quantum Computing Hardware Team of VTT, where he leads EU and national projects in particular related to the optical control of electrical quantum technologies, for example, Attojoule Cryogenic Communication acrycomm.eu. His other research interests include electrical refrigeration at cryogenic temperatures and single-photon detectors. Previously he worked for more than 15 years in MIKES, the national metrology institute of Finland, which is now a part of VTT. Due to this background, he has wide experience in the research of quantum metrology, including quantum current and voltage standards, and primary cryogenic thermometry.

Outi

Outi

Keski-Äijö

Head of Quantum Computing, Business Finland

Outi Keski-Äijö is currently the Head of Quantum Computing in Business Finland. The funding budget of the program is 15 M€ for 2023-2024. Currently, 30+ companies and five research organizations are participating in Quantum Computing program.

Outi Keski-Äijö has 30 years of experience in ICT, change leadership and innovation management. Previously, she was the Head of AI Business Program in Business Finland in 2018-2021. She has also been responsible for change programs in Nokia Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, Okmetic Ltd and Tekes (Finnish Innovation Agency).

Outi Keski-Äijö has deep understanding of challenges of start-ups and growth companies as she has coached 200+ Finnish SMEs in their innovations, growth and internationalization.

Outi Keski-Äijö has MSc degrees from Lappeenranta University of Technology (now LUT University) and the University of Nottingham.

Peter

Peter

Krogstrup

Professor and Executive Director, NNF Quantum Computing Programme, Niels Bohr Institute, and Quantum Foundry P/S

Peter is full professor in Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is heading the newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) Quantum Computing programme as executive director which comprise of two closely connected organizations: the university based NQCP with headquarter located at NBI, and the NNF owned partner company ‘Quantum Foundry P/S’ that has a focus on developing Quantum processors manufacturing capabilities. Peter came from back to NBI after 6 years at Microsoft where he established the succesful quantum material laboratory at the Microsoft Development Center in Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is still affiliated as an advisor. He has been innovating and driving the development of novel in-situ fabrication methods for quantum computing devices using ultra-high vacuum tools, and has strong focus on work force development, innovation and quantum technology development in general.

Valtteri

Valtteri

Lahtinen

Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder, Quanscient

Dr. Valtteri Lahtinen is the Chief Scientific Officer at Quanscient. In academia, he has held appointments in Tampere and at Aalto University. Over the years, he has been a visiting researcher at the University of Montreal, Boston University, and the University of Bologna. His research interests and output span from quantum computing to computational electromagnetics and applied mathematics. At Quanscient, he is building a simulation platform of tomorrow powered by cloud and quantum computing.

Janne

Janne

Lehtinen

Chief Science Officer, SemiQon

Dr. Janne Lehtinen is chief science officer of SemiQon. Before co-founding SemiQon, he was a research team leader at VTT, leading a team called Quantum sensors, which had 17 researchers. He did his Ph.D. 2014 in University of Jyväskylä about quantum fluctuations in superconducting nanowires. He is expert in both semiconducting and superconducting quantum devices with more than 10 years of experience from advanced fabrication and cryogenic measurements. He has been in leading roles in several national, European and commercial research projects. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and has several patents and patent filings.

Cathal J.

Cathal J.

Mahon

Chief Business Officer, Deep Tech Lab - Quantum

As CBO at Deep Tech Lab — Quantum, Cathal Mahon is responsible for leading the Business Development team. Cathal is a technology expert with extensive experience as an investment manager for venture capital funds specializing in high-tech start-ups – including quantum – and, prior to this, from a variety of managerial and R&D positions in the telecommunications industry. Since 2016, he has been exclusively focused on developing the commercial potential of quantum technologies.

Sabrina

Sabrina

Maniscalco

CEO & Co-Founder, Algorithmiq Ltd.

Sabrina is a Professor of Quantum Information, Computing and Logic at the University of Helsinki. She is CEO and co-founder of Algorithmiq Ltd, a startup focusing on quantum algorithms for Life Sciences. She has been working on Quantum Technology for over 20 years, focusing on noise in quantum devices, complex quantum systems and quantum simulations. Sabrina has coordinated several international and interdisciplinary projects and is recognized as one of the leading experts in Quantum Technologies.

Tommi

Tommi

Mikkonen

Professor of Software Engineering, University of Jyväskylä

Professor, D. Sc. (Tech), Tommi Mikkonen, is a professor of software engineering at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He received his D. Sc. (Tech.) in software engineering 1999 on using formal methods in software engineering. He has been a pioneer in three technological breakthroughs in the field of software engineering, including mobile software, web engineering, and liquid, multi-device software. Recently, his interest in software engineering has shifted to quantum programming. In addition to his academic career, Mikkonen has worked on experimental software at Sun Microsystems Research, CA, USA (2006-08), as well as technically led experimental IoT device and software development projects at Mozilla, CA, USA (2016-17). He has been nominated the Open World Hero 2017, and a top 100 Finnish ICT influencer years 2017-2020. Since 2021, he has been a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Ashley

Ashley

Montanaro

Co-Founder & CEO, Phasecraft

Ashley has worked in the field of quantum computing for 20 years, specialising in quantum algorithms and quantum computational complexity, and has published over 50 papers on this topic. He holds a PhD in quantum computing from the University of Bristol and is Professor of Quantum Computation there. Ashley was awarded a Whitehead Prize in 2017 by the London Mathematical Society and was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2018. He has served on the Steering Committee of the international conference on Quantum Information Processing (QIP), was a Founding Editor of the journal Quantum, and was a cofounder of the Quantum Computing Theory in Practice conference series. Ashley cofounded Phasecraft with Toby Cubitt and John Morton to develop breakthrough quantum algorithms to get the most out of near-term quantum computers.

Mikko

Mikko

Möttönen

Associate Professor Aalto University, IQM

Möttönen is a world-leading researcher in quantum information and a professor of quantum technology at Aalto University and VTT. He has published more than 120 scientific articles, including four articles in the top journals Nature and Science. His work has been cited more than 6,000 times. He graduated with a doctorate in technology in 2005 from the Department of Applied Physics at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Mikko Möttönen has distinguished himself in research in both theoretical and experimental quantum physics. Breakthroughs in research have enabled the commercialization of quantum computing and devices, such as spinout of IQM from his research laboratory. Mikko Möttönen is one of the four founders of IQM Quantum Computers (www.meetiqm.com).

Recently, Möttönen obtained the Nokia Recognition award, the Väisälä Science Prize, the Innovation Professor Award, and an Honorary Doctorate.

Kalle

Kalle

Palomäki

Executive Director, Modulight Corporation

Kalle Palomäki is Executive Director at Modulight Corporation. He leads Modulight’s Quantum Technology Business Unit. The Business unit is responsible for manufacturing semiconductor diode lasers from epi wafer to packaged chips and systems to meet the needs to Quantum Computing and Quantum Communications. In addition to the diode lasers, the team is developing fiber lasers, solid state lasers, and VECSEL technologies for Quantum Computing.

Mr. Palomäki has over 25 years of experience from high tech companies working in international business, leadership and strategy execution. His career spans over several leading technology companies, including Amazon Web Services, Adobe, and Synopsys. He has worked in various technology fields, ranging from semiconductor and laser technologies to software, and information security.

Mr. Palomäki earned a Master of Business Administration degree with Honors in General Management and Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with Distinction from Tampere University of Technology.

Jussi-Pekka

Jussi-Pekka

Penttinen

CEO & CTO, Vexlum Oy

Jussi-Pekka Penttinen is the Co-Founder, CEO and CTO of Vexlum Oy, a deep-tech laser company located in Tampere Finland. Vexlum was founded in 2017, and before that Jussi-Pekka was part of the research team developing Vexlum’s core VECSEL technology in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at Tampere University. Jussi-Pekka has a Master of Science (Technology) degree in photonics, electronics, and industrial management, 14 years of work experience with semiconductor lasers, and 12 years of engagement with customers and collaborators in the Quantum Technology segment. In 2023, Jussi-Pekka was selected in The Photonics 100 list, among the photonics industry’s most innovative people. Jussi-Pekka was also selected as 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year in Tampere.

Anssi

Anssi

Salmela

Chief Technical Operations Officer, Bluefors

After gaining his MSc Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 2006, and his PhD in Engineering Physics from Aalto University in 2012, Anssi joined Bluefors as a Cryoengineer and Scientist. His experience in a wide range of scientific and technical operations roles has led to his current position as Chief Technical Operations Officer, where he is responsible for Bluefors’ Services, including customer care and aftersales. He also sits on the patent council and is involved in steering our product and product quality-related projects as principal scientist.

Juha

Juha

Vartiainen

Global Affairs Officer & Co-founder, IQM Quantum Computers

Dr. Juha Vartiainen is the Global Affairs Officer and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers. Earlier in his career, he worked in research and development in the field of medical equipment and space engineering. He has also been coordinating Finland’s contributions to the international standardisation of the ICT domain in ISO/IEC. Dr. Vartiainen holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.

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