The Asia Race for Quantum Computing [Online Event] | SGInnovate
July 14 2020


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The Asia Race for Quantum Computing [Online Event]

Presented by SGInnovate and Centre for Quantum Technologies
Partnered with IBM

A new era of computing beckons – as different from today’s computing as computers are from the abacus. That’s the viewpoint of one of the experts joining this panel discussion on Quantum Computing. The exciting technology promises new efficiency and capabilities in fields from pharmaceuticals to finance. Hear from and put your questions to an industry leader, an academic and a technology journalist who has reported on initiatives in Quantum Computing across the Asian region.

Billions are being invested in the Quantum Computing realm across the globe by Venture Capital firms, technology giants and governments to develop both technology and talent. With a focus on what’s happening in Asia, this panel will look at the race to get commercial value from quantum computers.

  • Who are the players?
  • What are the technologies being developed?
  • What are the challenges and obstacles ahead?
  • What is the potential?

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Date: 14 July 2020, Tuesday
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (UTC +8)


11:00am – 12:00pm: Panel Discussion on Asia’s Quantum Computing Race

  • Norishige Morimoto, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, IBM Research & Development - Japan
  • Peter Guest, Freelance Technology Journalist
  • Dimitris Angelakis, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore and Associate Professor, Technical University of Crete
  • Moderator: Victor Tan, Director – Venture Investing, SGInnovate

Speakers’ Profiles:

Norishige Morimoto, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, IBM Research & Development - Japan

Norishige (Noly) Morimoto graduated with BS of Electrical Engineering from Keio University and joined IBM Yamato Laboratory in 1987 as a hardware engineer of computer displays. He received a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked on his dissertation at the MIT Media Lab. In 1995, he returned to Japan and joined IBM Research-Tokyo (TRL). Between 1996 and 2002, he led multiple research projects such as Digital Watermarking, Digital Rights Management, and Mobile Computing at TRL. In 2004, he led a company-wide collaborative project between IBM Research and IBM Business Consulting Services (IBCS) called On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS) and worked as a managing consultant at IBCS to deliver new technology to clients and consulted innovation management process to various companies. In 2005, he returned to research to lead a hardware research group. In 2006, he was appointed to be an Executive Assistant to Dr John E Kelly, Senior VP of IBM Research, and went on assignment at IBM Watson Research Center in NY. In 2008, he led the work to expand the IBM global research network in growth markets, and in 2009, he was appointed to Director of IBM Research-Tokyo. In 2015, Noly was appointed to VP & CTO in IBM Asia Pacific stationed in Singapore. In 2017, he returned to Japan and appointed as VP of IBM Research & Development in Japan, in 2020 he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, IBM Research & Development - Japan. Noly has more than 20 patents in digital watermarking and copyright protection and several publications in the area of innovation management. He also served as an external board member of Temple University Japan, and as an external Technical Advisor to Delta Corporation.

Peter Guest, Freelance Technology Journalist

Peter Guest is an independent journalist and photographer, based in Tokyo and working widely across the world. He focuses principally on the intersection of the environment with technology, business and society.

His writing and photography have appeared in Wired, Monocle, the Atlantic, Nikkei Asian Review, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement and others.

From 2008-2011, he was the founding editor of the Financial Times Ltd’s This Is Africa magazine, and in 2016, he was the editor of Raconteur magazine, a short-lived attempt to launch a current affairs free-sheet in London. He has been a digital producer at CNBC and was briefly the business editor of the Huffington Post UK. He has a degree in physics from Imperial College, London.

Dimitris Angelakis, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore and Associate Professor, Technical University of Crete

Prof Dimitris Angelakis is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) in the National University of Singapore, leading the Quantum Simulators and Quantum Technologies Group. He is also Associate Professor at the School of ECE, Technical University of Crete. He is known for his works in quantum computation and as a pioneer of quantum simulations with light-matter systems. He completed his PhD at Imperial College in Quantum Optics with Prof Sir P  Knight FRS and then moved to Cambridge University in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Centre for Quantum Computing as an independent St Catharine's College Research Fellow.

Dimitris' research has received several awards including two Google Quantum Innovation Awards, the Valerie Myescrough Award from the University of London, and the Quantum Electronics and Photonics PhD Thesis Prize from the Institute of Physics, United Kingdom.  He is serving in different academic and national science advisory bodies including the European National Quantum Network of the European Flagship Project in Quantum Technologies.

In parallel to his academic work, he consults for industry, banking and IT sectors about the potential applications of quantum computing in business.

Moderator’s Profile:

Victor Tan, Director – Venture Investing, SGInnovate

Victor Tan is currently part of SGInnovate’s Venture Investing team in Singapore and concurrently manages investments and operations in North America. SGInnovate is focused on enabling entrepreneurs in Singapore to build start-ups with a strong emphasis on science and deep technology. As a private organization owned by the Singapore Government, they bring together partners from the private sector, institutes of higher learning, and research organizations as part of Singapore's broader ecosystem of innovation.

Topics: Quantum Technologies