IBM Research - VP - IBM Quantum Ecosystem Development

Plenary: KEYNOTE
8:30 AM April 2

Bob Sutor has been a technical leader and executive in the IT industry for over 30 years. He’s the author of a book about quantum computing called Dancing with Qubits that was published in late 2019. This was recently rated #1 in the BookAuthority list of13 Best New Quantum Computing Books To Read In 2020.
More than two decades of his career has been spent in IBM Research in New York. During his time there, he worked on or led efforts in symbolic mathematical computation, optimization, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.
Sutor was also an executive on the software side of the IBM business in areas including emerging industry standards, software on Linux, mobile, and open source. He’s a theoretical mathematician by training, has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He spends every free non-freezing moment he has in the NY Adirondack Mountains.

Corporate Vice President and Chief Digital Officer - Toshiba Corporation

PLENARY KEYNOTE: Toshiba, Quantum Xchange and Major US Carrier Announce New QKD Service
8:30 AM April 3

Taro Shimada joined Toshiba in October 2018 as Corporate Digital Business Chief Strategy Officer. In April 2019 he was appointed Chief Digital Officer, responsible for supporting Toshiba’s digital transformation and spearheading strategic business creation and promotion.

In carrying out these responsibilities, Mr. Shimada draws on a wealth of experience in hardware development, including aircraft; in process consultation ranging from automobiles to precision machinery design and heavy industry; and in product life cycle management software. An expert in Factory Automation, he has advised many of Japan’s leading global manufacturers on digitization, and is currently an advisor to the Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative, and to the IoT Acceleration Lab. He has also contributed to the activities of Industrie 4.0 in Germany and Connected Industries in Japan.

Mr. Shimada began his career in1990 at ShinMaywa Industries Kobe, where he worked on aircraft for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In 1999 he joined Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, a part of Siemens, and took on a series of progressively senior post at Siemens KK, and at Siemens HQ in Germany. Immediately prior to joining Toshiba, Mr. Shimada was Executive Operating Officer at Siemens K.K.

Mr. Shimada is a graduate of Konan University. His relaxes by playing the drums, and enjoys all genres of music.

Allende Lopez
LACChain - Tech Lead

Post Quantum Encryption
4:25 PM April 2

Marcos Allende Lopez is the Tech Lead of LACChain, a global alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This program aims to develop the blockchain ecosystem in in a way that maximizes social impact and inclusion. LACChain is already providing a free public-permissioned test-net. Marcos is also the Lead Researcher at the IT TechLab of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he focuses on blockchain and quantum technologies, leveraging his areas of expertise as a physicist.

PQSecure - Co-founder and President

Panel 4: Post-quantum encryption
4:25 PM April 2

Dr. Reza Azarderakhsh is a professor, I-SENSE Fellow, and director of post-quantum cryptographic engineering lab at FAU. He is also co-founder and president of PQSecure Technologies with focus on the development of quantum-safe cryptographic solutions for IoT and embedded systems. Dr. Azarderakhsh is a member of Quantum-Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) of NIST. He speaks in various events about quantum computations, cryptographic engineering, and post-quantum cryptography organized by industry, government, and academia.

QuintessenceLabs - Vice President Quantum Technologies

Panel 1: Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts
9:15 AM April 2

Andreas Baumhof is an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur. As Vice President of Quantum Technologies, Andreas is responsible for the strategic technological direction of the company, complementing the world-class research in quantum cryptography efforts as well as the market-leading key and policy management suite. Andreas was cofounder and CTO of Microdasys Inc., where he developed the first ever SSL proxy, and later cofounder and CEO of TrustDefender until its 2011 acquisition by ThreatMetrix. He then served as CTO at ThreatMetrix responsible for all product development and strategic technological direction, leading it through its acquisition by LexisNexis in 2018.

Biogen - Head of Computational Chemistry

Panel 2: Quantum technology for the materials sector: pharmaceuticals , the chemical industry, and oil and gas
9:55 AM April 3

Govinda Bhisetti is a Principal Investigator and Head of Computational Chemistry department at Biogen since 2014. Previously, he worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals for 22+ years where he led drug design efforts on several drug discovery projects. His research at Vertex led to the discovery of three FDA approved drugs: Agenerase, Lexiva and Incivek. He is a co-inventor of these drugs and named inventor on 26 patents. He has also published 74 research papers including review articles and book chapters. His current activities include application of state of the art computational methods in the discovery of novel drugs for CNS diseases.

Airbus - Global R&T Cooperation Manager

Quantum technology for automotive, aerospace and transportation planning
10:50 AM April 3

Paolo Bianco got graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in Turin (Italy) after having graduated as Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in UK and having studied in prestigious technical universities across Europe.

He started working with European Commission (EC) before graduation, when he co-founded a European Economic Interest Group to run projects in response to EC thematic network calls.

After a period as project management consultant, Paolo started his career in space at CGS (now OHB), Milan, Italy, then he joined Astrium, now Airbus, in Portsmouth, UK.

In his role of space system engineer, Paolo has designed systems for Earth orbit and for interplanetary missions. Currently most of such systems are flying while or being finalised for flight. In parallel as technologist, Paolo has developed a wide range of diverse technologies for space and aerospace applications. This eventually became his main job as Global R&T Cooperation Manager for Airbus Defence and Space, with remit on UK and Asia-Pacific.

In 2015 he got involved in Quantum Technologies (QTs), investigating and assessing on how to use them in Airbus operation and products of Defence and Space division, where he currently works. He provided his view on QTs application to the European Parliament (STOA) and the House of Parliament (POST), consultancy research definition to the European Commission for the deployment of the QT Flagship (High Level Steering Committee member). Currently he is providing inputs to European Space Agency for QT adoption (as QT Space Report contributor).

University of Pennsylvania - Visiting Scholar

The quantum technology business worldwide: Where to next?
4:25 PM April 3

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.

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

Panel 2: US national quantum technology policy
2:45 PM April 3

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.

Director, Institute for Quantum Control, Research Center Jülich and Chair, EU Quantum Community Network

Panel 3: Quantum technology policy in Europe
3:45 PM April 3

Scientific degree: PhD in Physics, BA in music
Prev. positions: Professor of Quantum Information Processing and Director of the Institute of Complex Quantum Systems, University of Ulm; Director of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology, Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart and MaxPlanck Institute for Solid-State-Research
Curr. positions: Director of the Peter Grünberg Institute, Institute for Quantum Control; Professor of Quantum Information, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of

Publications (5 most important since 2007)

  • T. Caneva, M. Murphy, T. Calarco, R. Fazio, S. Montangero, V. Giovannetti, and G. E. Santoro, Optimal Control at the Quantum Speed Limit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 240501 (2009)
  • S. J. Glaser, et al., Training Schrodinger’s cat: quantum optimal control Strategic report on current status, visions and goals for research in Europe, Eur. Phys. J. D 69, 279 (2015)
  • P. Doria, T. Calarco, and S. Montangero, Optimal Control Technique for Many-Body Quantum Dynamics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 190501 (2011)
  • S. van Frank, A. Negretti, T. Berrada, R. Bücker, S. Montangero, J.-F. Schaff, T. Schumm, T. Calarco, J.Schmiedmayer, Interferometry with non-classical motional states of a Bose–Einstein condensate, Nature Communications 5, 4009 (2014)
  • A. Acín, et al., The quantum technologies roadmap: a European community view, New Journal of Physics, Volume 20,(2018)
Dr. William
General Dynamics Mission Systems - Technical Director Quantum R&D

Panel 3: Quantum technology for automotive, aerospace and transportation planning
10:50 AM April 3

Dr. William Clark is an Engineering Fellow, Technical Director for R&D and Senior Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at General Dynamics Missions Systems (GDMS). William earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics from the University of Colorado, Department of Physics and the JILA Quantum Physics Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1998. William has more than two decades of industry experience in Systems design, development and integration of next generation tactical and strategic communications systems, including software defined radio and networking technologies, and active and passive sensing systems. William is currently the Technical Director for GDMS Quantum R&D, for the Space and Intelligence Systems (SIS) business area, exploring the practical use of quantum technologies for secure and covert communications, remote sensing and signal processing.

L3Harris Technologies - Principal Investigator

Panel 1: New quantum sensor technologies and materials
2:05 PM April 2

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.

De Bord
Inside Quantum Technology - Senior Analyst

Panel 4: Quantum repeaters, quantum memories and trusted nodes
11:35 AM April 3

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.

ABN AMRO Bank - Chief Information Security Officer and Managing Director

Panel 4: Quantum technology in the banking and financial services
11:35 AM April 3

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.

Public Key Encryption - Co-inventor

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Non-Math Based Encryption as Quantum Computers Loom
10:35 AM April 2

Dr. Whitfield Diffie is the co-inventor of public key cryptography, pioneering dual-key cryptography in the early 1970s. Before writing the 1976 paper, “New Directions in Cryptography,” with Martin Hellman, encryption technology was the sole domain of government entities. The Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol democratized the use of cryptography and revolutionized the landscape of security in the private sector.

In 2015, Dr. Diffie became a winner of the Turing Award, widely considered the most prestigious award in computer science, for fundamental contributions to modern cryptography.
Dr. Diffie has an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology an honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2011, Dr. Diffie was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Louisiana State University - Co-Director - Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics

Panel 1: When will quantum supremacy arrive? What will it mean?
9:15 AM April 2

Prof. Dr. Jonathan P. Dowling is the Hearne Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and Co-Director of the Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University (LSU). Dowling earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the University of Colorado, Department of Physics, Boulder, Colorado, in 1988. He then worked as a research physicist for the U.S. Army and NASA for 15 years before joining LSU. In 1995, he founded the U.S. government program in quantum computing and cryptography and has served as an advisor to the government on quantum technology ever since. Dowling has more than two decades of government and academic experience in quantum computing and communications, and he initiated the field of quantum sensing. Dowling is a co-author of the 2003 paper, "Quantum Technology — The Second Quantum Revolution," and the 2013 book Schrödinger’s Killer App — Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer. His current research focusses on quantum sensors, optical quantum computers, and quantum networks.

E. Grose
BASF Venture Capital - Investment Manager

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

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

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

Research Scientist - Quantum Chemistry - Cambridge Quantum Computing

Panel 1: Quantum technology for the Energy Industry
9:15 AM April 3

Nathan is a research scientist in the quantum chemistry team at Cambridge quantum computing (CQC). He studied his PhD in quantum chemistry under Mike Robb and Mike Bearpark at Imperial College London specializing in group theoretical techniques in tensor network methods. He now works on applying this knowledge at CQC to develop new quantum computing algorithms for quantum chemistry and materials science. He is one of the developers of the EUMEN package for quantum chemistry calculation on quantum computers.

Harrisburg University - Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity

Panel 2: US national quantum technology policy
2:45 PM April 3

Terrill Frantz is the lead for the Next Generation Technologies / Quantum Information Science master-degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where he is an Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity. He has extensive classical-computer software experience reaching over 45 years of hands-on programming and management, mainly in the international financial services industry, and he has recently pivoted into Quantum Computing. He transitioned from industry to academics in 2002, which includes 8-years as a professor of management at Peking University, in Shenzhen China. He holds a PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and an EdD in Organization Change from Pepperdine University.

QC Ware- Head of Business Development

Quantum computing software for the financial services industry
2:05 PM April 3

Yianni is Head of Business Development at QC Ware. Yianni’s main responsibility at QC Ware is to drive new sales, build business partnerships, and provide customer assurance. Before taking on his role at QC Ware Yianni was part of IBM’s sales leadership covering the data science product portfolio for close to 10 years. He worked on optimization consulting for 3 years at ILOG Inc. before that and holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Inside Quantum Technology - President

Talk: Quantum Computing Hardware Forecasts
3:45 PM April 3

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.

Optical Society of America - Senior Industry Advisor

Quantum technology business worldwide: Where to next?
4:25 PM April 3

With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry content at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, a trade association within OSA), which is publishing a roadmap for quantum photonics. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.

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

Quantum technology policy in Europe
3:45 PM April 3

Threshold Ventures - Partner

Panel 4: Quantum technology in banking and financial services
11:35 AM April 3

Mohammad (Mo) Islam, Partner
Mo is a partner at Threshold Ventures and focused on emerging platforms. He has sourced and/or co-led investments in Mythic, Yellowbrick, Imagen, Memphis Meats, Atomwise, and Zymergen, and serves on the board of two stealth companies.
Mo was on the technology team at In-Q-Tel, where he conducted technical diligence on behalf of the CIA. Mo also held engineering roles at Lockheed Martin, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Mo is an author in a chapter addressing the disruption of employment by the rise of automation and artificial intelligence in Disrupting Unemployment: Reflection on a Sustainable, Middle-Class Economic Recovery.

ID Quantique - Director QKD solutions America

Panel 1: Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts
9:15 AM April 2

Harrisburg University - Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Judge - Startup Forum
6:30 PM April 2

Jay Jayamohan is a leading expert in disruptive innovation, design thinking, and strategic management. He has worked extensively with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, the U.S. government, startups, venture capitalists and foundations. Presently, he is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Harrisburg University
He is the founder of RollStream, a Software-as-a-Service company and as CEO grew the company from concept to over 100 people globally, raised tens of millions in venture capital and won numerous accolades including ‘top 100 supply and demand chain vendors in 2008’. RollStream under Jay’s leadership innovated to define a new space and acquire Fortune 500 customers like Walgreens, Tesco, McKesson and Tyco within the first year of product release. The company was acquired in 2012 by GXS, now OpenText. Jay has broad industry knowledge in Software, Financial, & Manufacturing and international experience in Asia, Europe and Middle East. He has been profiled multiple times in press including Washington Post, Business Journal etc. and is a speaker at local business events. Jay Holds an M.S in Management from George Mason University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

VP of Sales - Zurich Instruments

Qubit agnostic control electronics?
12:15 PM April 2

Raytheon BBN - Senior Scientist

Panel 1: When will quantum supremacy arrive? What will it mean?
9:15 AM April 2

Hari Krovi is a senior scientist in the quantum engineering and computing group of Raytheon BBN Technologies. His interests are in quantum algorithms, quantum simulation, error correction and quantum cryptography.

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

Panel 4: Quantum technology in the banking and financial services
11:35 AM April 3

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.

Fred de
Cyber Research Investment - Director

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

VTT - Head of Customer Partnerships

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

Himadri Majumdar, Ph.D is the Head of Sales and Customer Partnerships at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr. Majumdar leads R&D service and partnerships with companies in Finland and globally, on Microelectronics, more recently on Quantum technologies and Systems. He has 20 years of experience in R&D, Business Development and Sales of Micro, nano and printed electronics. He is a trained experimental physicist with 20+ research articles in international journals. He has also co-supervised Ph.D students as Adjunct Professor at Tampere University and Åbo Akademi University in Finland. In his current role he helps companies, especially fabless start-ups, to utilize VTT’s R&D expertise and infrastructure to create new products and pave the path for them from lab to fab.

Principal researcher at Microsoft Quantum Research and Professor, Niels Bohr Institute

Panel 6: The Arrival of Quantum Computing
2:05 PM April 3

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.

D-Wave - Senior Scientist

Panel 2: Whither quantum annealers?
9:55 AM April 2

Catherine McGeoch received her doctorate in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987 and taught at Amherst College for 30 years. In 2014 she traded academia for industry and joined the technical staff of D-Wave Systems. Her research focus is on empirical analysis of algorithms and heuristics, and more recently on performance evaluation of quantum algorithms and computing systems. She was co-founder of the DIMACS Implementation Challenges and the ALENEX conferences on algorithm engineering and experimentation; and she is past editor in chief of the ACM Journal on Experimental Algorithmics. She has authored two books, one on guidelines for experimental analysis of algorithms, and one on adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing.

Qunnect - CEO

Panel 4: Quantum repeaters, quantum memories and trusted nodes
11:35 AM April 3

Mehdi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Qunnect, a New York based startup with a focus on developing the product suite for long-distance quantum networking. Mehdi received his M.Sc. in Nanophysics working on designing nanostructure solar cells at the University of Tehran in Iran, after which he moved to the US to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University. As a part of his Ph.D., he worked on designing and implementing scalable room-temperature quantum networks using a modular architect of quantum devices. Shortly after he became the first Yale Quantum Institute (YQI) fellow as a Postdoctoral researcher where he designs novel experiments to measure the properties of matter at the most fundamental level.

Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft University of Technology - Assistant Professor: Precision Systems and Microengineering

Panel 1: New quantum sensor technologies and materials
2:05 PM April 2

Richard Norte earned BSc degrees with honors in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University in 2007. Following his graduation, Richard began his PhD in Physics at Caltech where he pioneered new nanophotonic structures for quantum optomechanics on a microchip. In November 2014, Richard moved to the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he started as the first member of Simon Gröblacher’s lab – now a world renown lab. During this time, he helped demonstrate some of the first quantum states of mechanical systems coupled through fiber optics. Using his expertise in micro-mechanical photonics, he also developed the most sensitive micro-mirror force sensors operating in room temperature environments.

In August 2018, Richard started as an assistant professor in the Precision and Microsystems Engineering department at the TU Delft. Since starting his faculty position, he has realized one of the most mechanically isolated nanophotonic structures to date. This technology allowed him to cool the motion of millimeter-sized objects to near absolute zero (1.2 mK) from room temperature using only laser light. He has received several prestigious grants to bridge the gap between quantum optomechanics and next-generation sensors. As co-founder of Nenso Solutions, Richard is currently a scientific advisor for some of the world’s top biotech initiatives in DNA data storage and nanophotonics initiatives. His work has been featured in Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters and several covers of Scientific American.

BraneCell Systems - CEO

Panel 1: - Quantum processors -- architectures
9:15 AM April 3

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-CO2 hydrogen production, magnetically susceptible material processes (US 8549857), metal superoxide combustion (WO2008113061) for the circular economy, on-board fuel cell vehicle H2 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.

Comcast Ventures - Principal

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

Principal at Comcast Ventures (Series A-C) and Genacast Ventures (seed only). Focused on emerging frontier technology that will create new markets (Zapata, goTenna, Neural Magic), and applying existing technology to provide a 10X better customer experience in existing markets (Dandelion, Confetti). Long Bitcoin and Elon.

EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium - Director of Technology and Innovation

Panel 3: Quantum Technology Policy in Europe
3:45 PM April 3

Dr. Jose Pozo is Director of Technology and Innovation at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). As EPIC’s CTO, he represents 525 companies active in the field of Photonics. His job consists on actively engaging with them and provide them with tools to strengthen their position in the supply chain; such tools are the organization of 20 technology workshops per year, provision of market intelligence and finding B2B leads. He has the vision that the future of optoelectronic manufacturing can take place in Europe to a large extent, and as part of that vision he is actively involved in the EU-funded pilot lines. He has 20 years’ background in photonics technology, market knowledge, and a large network within the industrial and academic photonics landscape. Dr. Pozo holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Bristol, U.K., and a M.Sc. and B.Eng. in telecom engineering from UPNA (Spain) / VUB (Belgium). In addition, Dr. Jose Pozo has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), EU proposal coordinator at TNO (The Netherlands), and Sr. Photonics Technology Consultant at PNO Consultants.

Quantum Xchange - President and CEO

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Non-Math Based Encryption as Quantum Computers Loom
10:35 AM April 2

About John Prisco, President and CEO, Quantum Xchange. John Prisco is the President and CEO of Quantum Xchange, the maker of unbreakable, quantum-safe network encryption. Throughout his more than 25-year career, Prisco has played an essential role in helping government agencies and financial organizations identify and resolve threats within their networks; has developed partnerships with leading government integrators to reverse engineer malware providing critical attribution of adversaries; and has worked to assure that implemented technology is compliant and well protected at endpoints.

In 1988, Prisco founded Penn Access, a competitive local access carrier operating in Pittsburgh that he sold to AT&T in 1992. He then served as President and CEO of 2nd Century Communications, the nation’s first packet-based CLEC operating in 33 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2001, Prisco became CEO of eLink Communications, a provider of telecommunications operating in New York City. In 2003, he served as President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal, which was acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco then served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere in 2005.

Following his time at GeoVantage, Prisco served as President and CEO of Triumfant for 10 years, which was acquired by Nehemiah Security in 2016. Most recently, Prisco was President and CEO of SPQR Cybersecurity. John holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Zyvex - President Zyvex Labs

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

John N. Randall, President of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP at NanoRetina, Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, and Fellow of the AVS and IEEE, has 35 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication. He has attracted over $43M in research contracts to Zyvex and resulting products have grossed over $80M. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high resolution processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, John worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 112 articles published in refereed journals, more than 50 conference proceedings and other publications with > 4000 citations and 31 issued US Patents with > 800 citations.


Rigetti Computing - CEO

The Rigetti Perspective on Quantum Computing
10:35 AM April 2

Chad Rigetti, Founder and CEO, Rigetti Computing
Bio: Chad Rigetti is the founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing, a global full-stack quantum computing company. Rigetti builds and deploys integrated quantum systems based on superconducting qubit technology and operates the world’s only dedicated quantum integrated circuit foundry. Prior to founding the company in 2013, Chad worked in the quantum computing group at IBM Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Regina.

Bayer LLC - Vice President Digital

Panel 2: Quantum technology for the materials sector: pharmaceuticals , the chemical industry, and oil and gas
9:55 AM April 3

Dirk Schapeler is Vice President Digital at Bayer LLC based in San Jose, CA and leads the BETS team. BETS’s (=Bayer Emerging Technology Solutions) focus is on connecting with small and large technology companies to establish partnerships, new products and service offerings and create new revenue streams in lifesciences. The team includes data scientists, business model experts and physicians. Ideas and technologies can be bold and risky as long as they represent a major opportunity for Bayer in the 3-5 year time horizon.
Dirk previously served as Head of Bayer’s LifeScience iHUB innovation center that he founded in Mountain View in 2015. Prior to that he served as the CEO of Bayer’s ViviTouch subsidiary Artificial Muscle Inc. in Sunnyvale. An engineer in electronics and mechanics he studied in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Amazon Web Services - Quantum Solutions Lab - Quantum Data Scientist

Panel: Quantum Computing: The Amazon Perspective
2:45 PM April 3

Martin Schuetz obtained his PhD in the group of Prof. Ignacio Cirac, who was first to propose the ion trap quantum computer in 1995 together with Peter Zoller, at the Max- Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany (MPQ). After his PhD he has led a junior research group at MPQ before moving to Harvard University to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Mikhail Lukin. At Harvard he spearheaded an international research project on quantum optimization for hard combinatorial problems. With around 20 publications in journals such as Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters and Physical Review X, he has made several contributions to the field of quantum computing and simulation. Martin now works at the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab.

Quantum Application Scientist - Zurich Instruments

Qubit agnostic control electronics?
12:15 PM April 2

Strangeworks - Founder and CEO

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

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.

BMW - Lead Future Computing Technologies

Quantum Computing: The Lessons Learned at BMW
10:30 AM April 3

#1 1987 – 1992 study: technical cybernetics and control algorithm at University of Ilmenau
#2 1992 diploma: diploma: fuzzy logic & neural networks
#3 1992–1998 Electrolux
Development Household Appliances
_research washing processes
_development household appliances
_project management washing machines
#4 1998–2011 BMW E/E Development
_systems engineering, CASE, requirement management, applied IT projects for software management
#5 Technology Scouting 2012–now
_future technologies and visions, VR/AR/xR, wearables, smart materials, decentralized technologies, open innovation
#6 2017-2019 Lead Quantum Computing
#7 2020 Lead Future Computing Technologies

Cambridge Quantum Computing - Head of Quantum Technologies

Panel 1: Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts
9:15 AM April 2

David studied electrical and electronic engineering qualifying in 1985. He was granted and holds a number of patents in the information security space and is an accredited expert with wide ranging experience with large financial institutions, governments and multinational corporations. Having held the highest level of security clearances, Dave has delivered mission critical security solutions for over 25 years, and directs and manages the delivery of post quantum security products for CQC with a special focus on quantum Random Number Generation (“qRNG”), post quantum encryption, and distributed ledgers for broad ranging industrial applications. CQC’s unique device independent and certifiable solution for qRNG is being engineered and built under Dave’s supervision.

In the mid 1990’s, Dave formed a company to provide consulting services to large organisations mainly overseas. However, due to increasing demand from major financial organisations these activities were brought onshore via the UK registered company Proximitum. Proximitum specialises in providing infrastructure solutions to financial and governmental departments both directly and through large vendors, and has been trading successfully since 2005 in the UK and Europe with a stable workforce and a very good reputation for technical excellence. After being involved in some rather interesting security projects Dave created a number of patented inventions around secure identity methods, that have since been developed into a working product and launched with a number of early adopter clients for large scale testing, with now over 100,000 unique users. Due to this success, Dave formed UK based Secure Cloudlink Limited to develop this product into a market offering, for which it has won several awards including the 2018 UBS Innovation in finance and the UK Government Cloud Project of the Year award. Dave holds an equity interest in Secure Cloudlink Limited.

European Commission Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space - Policy Officer

Panel 3: Quantum technology policy in Europe
3:45 PM April 3

Kristina Zamudio is a Policy Officer at the European Commission specialising in Space Research and Innovation, in particular Quantum Technologies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she was working at the German Space Agency as a spacecraft operations engineer and manager for Galileo, the European global navigation satellite system.