Getting Ahead in the Quantum Economy: A Deep Dive into the Hardware | SGInnovate
May082019

Location

Singapore
32 Carpenter Street,
Singapore 059911

Getting Ahead in the Quantum Economy: A Deep Dive into the Hardware

Presented by SGInnovate, A*STAR and Centre for Quantum Technologies
Partnered with e2i

Quantum computing is often considered as one of the most disruptive technologies in the 21st century, with the promise to completely transform a wide range of industries from logistic optimisations to drug development. In order to eventually realise robust quantum computers, we need to build scalable quantum processors and a host of new classical technologies such as control electronics and microwave components. This opens up a wealth of exciting business opportunities for both tech powerhouses and startups alike. In light of this, we hope to kickstart the dialogue on some crucial questions such as:

  • What are some of the key pain points, in both the classical and quantum ingredients, of building the necessary hardware for a robust quantum computer? 
  • How can existing tech firms participate in the emerging quantum economy?
  • What are the challenges of building a quantum hardware enterprise?

In this event, we will bring together representatives from Alibaba Quantum Laboratory, Quantum Machines, and Keysight, respectively. They will share with us their experience and insights on how to harness the hardware opportunities presented by the emergence of quantum computing. Furthermore, we will hear from some of the main local stakeholders of quantum technologies to explore Singapore’s vision and strategies going forward. 

 

Date: 8 May 2019, Wednesday
Time: 2:00pm- 7:00pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

 

Speakers: 
Part 1: Quantum Ecosystem in Singapore

  • Prof Alex Ling, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore
  • Prof Dennis Polla, Programme Director (Special Projects), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  • Moderated by: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Part 2: Capturing Opportunities in the Quantum Hardware Stack

  • Dr Itamar Sivan, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantum Machines
  • Dr Chunqing Deng, Quantum Scientist, Alibaba Quantum Laboratory (AQL)
  • Jose Luis Preciado, Global BDM and EMEAI Lead of Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight
  • Moderated by: Jeremy Youker, Director of Venture Building, SGInnovate

 

Programme Details: 
2:00pm - 2:30pm: Registration & Networking

Part 1: Quantum Ecosystem in Singapore
2:30pm – 2:50pm: Presentation by Prof Alex Ling, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore
2:50pm – 3:10pm: Presentation by Prof Dennis Polla, Programme Director (Special Projects), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
3:10pm – 4:10pm: Panel Discussion, Moderated by Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate
 

4:10pm – 4:45pm: Coffee & Tea Break

Part 2: Capturing Opportunities in the Quantum Hardware Stack
4:45pm – 5:05pm: Presentation by Dr Itamar Sivan, CEO, Quantum Machines
5:05pm – 5:25pm: Presentation by Dr Chunqing Deng, Quantum Scientist, Alibaba Quantum Laboratory (AQL)
5:25pm – 5:45pm: Presentation by Jose Luis Preciado, Global BDM and EMEAI Lead of Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight
5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Discussion, Moderated by Jeremy Youker, Director, Venture Building, SGInnovate
 

6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking Reception (light refreshments will be provided)

 

Speakers' Profiles:
Prof Alex Ling, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore

Prof Alex Ling leads a team that aims to bring quantum instruments out of the lab and into field deployment. His team has deployed instruments in diverse environments, ranging from Singapore’s urban fibre networks to satellites in space.

Prof Dennis Polla, Programme Director (Special Projects), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Prof Dennis Polla has served 11 years in a variety of U.S. government positions including Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he was mainly responsible for MEMS, BioMEMS, and nanotechnology research programs.  He subsequently served as Director of Safe and Secure Operations for IARPA.  He has also spent 30 years in both faculty and administrative positions in multiple departments at the University of California Berkeley, Yale University and the University Minnesota.  He was the former holder of the Earl E. Bakken (Medtronic) Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, holder of the W.R. Sweatt (Honeywell) Chair in the Management of Technology and recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award under President Reagan.  He received the DARPA Award for Outstanding Portfolio of Programs in 2008, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2010, IARPA Special Contribution Award in 2012, and the Office of Director of National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Award and Medal in 2014.

Prof Dennis Polla currently identifies and manages new thematic research programmes at A*STAR. He is responsible for setting the programmatic research strategy for the Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Dr Itamar Sivan, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantum Machines

Itamar Sivan, Ph.D.

Dr Itamar Sivan, Co-Founder and CEO of Quantum Machines (QM), is a quantum physicist and entrepreneur. QM is the first company in the world to be laser-focused on the development of control systems for quantum computers. QM is offering the most advanced quantum control systems worldwide – the OPX which is built from the ground up for quantum computing, and that allows its users to run the most complex quantum protocols seamlessly with the best specifications and an easy-to-use programming language named QUA. QM’s team comprises of engineers and quantum physicists, all of whom are experts in quantum control. QM is backed by top tier Venture Capital firms, and is already providing systems to leading quantum computing teams in Europe and the US. Dr Itamar Sivan completed his PhD in the Weizmann Institute of Science, working on quantum electronics and topological quantum states of matter, and his MSc thesis in Oxford University, working on cold-atoms systems.

Dr Chunqing Deng, Quantum Scientist, Alibaba Quantum Lab (AQL)

Dr Chunqing Deng received his BSc from Peking University in 2008 and his PhD from University of Waterloo in 2015. His PhD work involved the development of new control scheme and the investigation of decoherence mechanism in superconducting qubits. After that, he joined D-Wave Systems Inc. and became a lead scientist there. At D-Wave Systems, Chunqing worked on improving the coherence of superconducting qubits and developing novel qubit-qubit interactions for future-generation adiabatic quantum processors. He is currently leading the quantum hardware efforts at Alibaba to build a quantum computer for real-world computational problems.

Jose Luis Preciado, Global BDM and EMEAI Lead of Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight

Jose Luis received his Master in Telecommunication Engineering from UPC Barcelona (1989) and has a Master in Marketing Research from UB Barcelona (2001). He was also the former CMO at Signadyne, a startup company specialized in complex control systems for quantum applications which was acquired by Keysight Technologies in 2016. The HW and SW products from Signadyne are the pillars of the Quantum Engineering Solutions at Keysight Technologies

Jose Luis has a commercial and technical background in Microwave (antenna, satellite and short range wireless) technologies and was appointed in Dec 2017 as Global Business Development Manager for Quantum Engineering Solutions. In the last 15 months he has visited +100 research groups in Quantum Computing, Communications and Sensing.

 

Moderators' Profiles:
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services. Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early stage technology companies from Singapore.

Prior to his role as the CEO of SGInnovate, Mr Leonard served three years as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. In that role, he had executive responsibility at the national level for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore.

Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost), a global leader in e-commerce logistics; and AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.

Jeremy Youker, Director of Venture Building, SGInnovate

Jeremy Youker is a Director with SGInnovate focusing on Venture Building with deep tech startups. Beginning his career as an engineer with Boeing Satellite Systems, Jeremy has a diverse experience with over nearly two decades of working in engineering, ops, BD and VC roles, across markets in the US, Europe, China, and South East Asia. Jeremy moved to Singapore specifically to work with startups and was most recently the COO of a robotics and AI startup before joining SGInnovate.

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