Banking on Quantum: The Value of Quantum Computing in Finance [Online Event] | SGInnovate
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Location

Online Event
Singapore

Banking on Quantum: The Value of Quantum Computing in Finance [Online Event]

Presented by SGInnovate
Partnered with: High Commission of Canada

Quantum computers can solve problems, analyse data and spot patterns much more quickly and robustly than what is possible today. Especially in the finance world, time equals money, which is one of the main reasons why more practitioners within the industry are looking to quantum computing. A hotly anticipated technology, quantum computing is set to lower costs and drastically optimise processes, to transform the finance industry.

In this session, join our leaders and experts as they discuss why and how companies in Finance should start thinking about their quantum strategies, and the importance of the role of all stakeholders in supporting an industry’s quantum readiness. They will also explore how quantum computing can be used to solve financial problems, current approaches and potential prospects.

Date: 26 November 2020, Thursday
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am (Singapore Time / UTC +8)

Programme:

10:00am – 10:05am: Introduction and Welcome
10:05am – 10:40am: Panel Discussion on Banking on Quantum: The Value of Quantum Computing in Finance with

  • Andrew Fursman, CEO & Co-founder, 1QBit
  • Rafal Janik, Head of Product, Xanadu
  • Dr Phil Kaye, Deputy Programme Director – Quantum Sensors Challenge Programme and Lead – Quantum Software Roadmap Initiative, National Research Council Canada
  • Dr Jayne Thompson, Technical Product Manager, Horizon Quantum Computing
  • Moderator: Prof Paul Griffin, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University

10:40am – 11:00am: Question & Answer

Speakers' Profiles:

Andrew Fursman, CEO & Co-founder, 1QBit

Andrew Fursman is Co-founder of 1QBit and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Andrew was a Co-founder of Satellogic Nano-Satellites and Co-founder of Cloudtel Communications. Andrew sits on the World Economic Forum Computing Futures Council and the IEEE Quantum Computing Standards Committee. Andrew is a fellow at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, as well as a faculty member at Singularity University.

Rafal Janik, Head of Product, Xanadu

Rafal Janik is the Head of Product at Xanadu, where he leads the development and delivery of the Xanadu Quantum Cloud. He specialises in commercialising Deep Tech projects and has over ten years of experience in leading software and machine learning teams in both large enterprises and high growth startups. Rafal holds a Master of Science in Biophysics from the University of Guelph.

Dr Phil Kaye, Deputy Programme Director – Quantum Sensors Challenge Programme and Lead – Quantum Software Roadmap Initiative, National Research Council Canada

Dr Phil Kaye graduated from the first PhD cohort of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2007. From 2004 to 2018 he served in a variety of roles with the Government of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, primarily as a trusted advisor on the impacts of quantum technologies. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Programme Reporter for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Quantum Information Processing Programme. In 2007, Phil co-authored a seminal textbook on quantum algorithms (“An Introduction to Quantum Computing”, Kaye, Laflamme, Mosca, 2007). From 2018 to 2020, he worked for D-Wave Systems as Programme Director, Corporate Affairs. In 2019 he co-founded and chaired Quantum Industry Canada (QIC), a consortium representing over 24 Canadian quantum technology companies.

Presently, Phil is serving as the Deputy Programme Director for the National Research Council’s (NRC) Quantum Sensors Challenge Programme and leads NRC’s Applied Quantum Computing initiative.

Dr Jayne Thompson, Technical Product Manager, Horizon Quantum Computing

Dr Jayne Thompson is a Technical Product Manager at Horizon Quantum Computing. She is an expert in quantum algorithms, with interest in the application of quantum technologies to solving problems in areas such as stochastic simulation, and design of interactive quantum systems and agents.

Jayne has eight years’ experience working as a research fellow in quantum computing and quantum information at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore, following her PhD in Theoretical Physics awarded in 2012 by the University of Melbourne. She has worked extensively on the design of new quantum protocols, for a wide range of applications such as sensing, computational modelling and correlation and information engines, with numerous publications in journals such as Physical Review X, Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications and Nature Photonics.

Moderator's Profile:

Prof Paul Griffin, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University

Currently, Prof Paul Griffin is in the Singapore Management University (SMU) teaching postgraduate and undergraduate students in IT and FinTech as an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of Financial Technology & Analytics. He gained his PhD at Imperial College, London in 1997 and is researching disruptive technologies applications and impact. Prior to SMU, he was leading application development on global projects for over 15 years in the UK and Asia, in the Financial industry. 

Paul’s research and teaching are focussed on the financial applications of quantum computing and blockchain with several projects on-going for consensus, trade finance and portfolio optimisation. He has been advising companies since 2014 and presenting at events, judging hackathons and moderating panel discussions on FinTech.

Topics: Quantum Technologies

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