Quantum Computers: How They Work and What They’ll Mean for BIG DATA and Business | SGInnovate
January 17


32 Carpenter Street
Singapore 059911

Quantum Computers: How They Work and What They’ll Mean for BIG DATA and Business

Presented by SGInnovate. Partnered with Centre for Quantum Technologies and NSCC, Singapore

What is a quantum computer? 
How will it change the world? 
What is state-of-the-art?

Quantum computing was ranked as one of the top 10 breakthrough technologies in 2017 by MIT Technology Review, and Morgan Stanley has predicted it could help double the value of the high-end computing market to reach $10 billion in the next decade. While a fully-fledged quantum computer is yet to come, development over the past five years has been fast. The promise of such machines to massively outperform classical computers at some tasks makes quantum computing a potentially disruptive technology. Applications include quantum speedups for artificial intelligence, financial modelling, drug design, and big data analysis.

At this event, we will discuss the latest global developments, the position of Singapore in this new quantum world and the latest efforts by the quantum hardware lab at Google. The event will feature an introduction to quantum computing, its applications and a fireside chat with the speakers.

Date: 17 January 2019, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


  • Dimitris G. Angelakis, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
  • Julian Kelly, Research Scientist, Google
  • Hernan Sanchez Neira, Managing Director, Kantar Brand Growth Lab, Kantar

Programme Details:
6.00pm – 6:30pm: Registration
6:30pm – 7:20pm: Dimitris Angelakis on Quantum Computing 101: Basics concepts and applications and Q&A
7:20pm – 7:50pm: Julian Kelly on Quantum Computing at Google and Q&A
7:50pm – 8.10pm: Fireside chat with the speakers and Hernan Sanchez Neira, Kantar
8:10pm – 8:30pm: Networking

Speakers' Profiles:

Dimitris G. Angelakis, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Dimitris Angelakis is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) in Singapore, leading the Quantum Simulators and Quantum Technologies Group.  He is an experienced research professor, known for his works in quantum computation and as a pioneer of quantum simulations with light-matter systems. His research has received several awards including the 2018 Google Quantum Innovation Award, the Valerie Myescrough Award from the University of London and the Institute of Physics UK, Quantum Electronics and Photonics Thesis Prize. His work has appeared in Science, New Scientist, Nature Research Highlights, The Innovation Magazine, Physics World, CNN and SKY among others. He is serving in different academic and national advisory bodies including the  European National Quantum Network of the EU Flagship Project in Quantum Technologies. In parallel to his academic work, he consults for an industry, banking and IT sectors about the potential applications of quantum computing in business. He is also a tenured professor at the Technical University of Crete (currently on leave).

Julian Kelly, Research Scientist, Google

Julian Kelly is a Research Scientist in the Google Quantum Hardware group in Santa Barbara, CA. Julian did his PhD thesis under John Martinis at University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he developed the "Xmon" style superconducting transmon qubit (PRL), used it to demonstrate gate fidelities at the surface code threshold for error correction (Nature), and repetitive bit-flip error correction (Nature) in a 9 qubit linear chain. Since his graduation in 2015, he has moved to Google to develop superconducting quantum processors for real-world impact, including Bristlecone, a 72-qubit processor designed for demonstrations of "Quantum Supremacy", error correction, and exploration into near-term applications. 

Hernan Sanchez Neira, Managing Director, Kantar Brand Growth Lab, Kantar

Hernan is currently the Head of Expert Solutions (Asia), the marketing consulting arm of Kantar Worldpanel and Managing Director for the Kantar Brand Growth Lab in Singapore. The Lab, launched with the support of Singapore’s EDB, specializes in data science, AI and machine learning, looking into new ways of leveraging big data to drive strategic decision-making for business.Prior to his current position, he worked at Havas Media, leading the Strategic Communications Planning, Research & Modeling and Marketing Technology areas, globally. With his team, they pioneered the application of artificial intelligence analytics to improve the impact of marketing investment decisions and launched Meaningful Brands, the first global brand building framework and research that connect brand’s performance with people’s wellbeing.

Hernan has more than 20 years of international experience in working with clients to help their brands grow and managing teams to develop consulting solutions in the areas of Brand management, Media planning and Shopper marketing in different economic sectors.He was Board member at IRI Spain and partner at Neo-Metrics, a big data analytics company acquired by Accenture. Hernan was named Media Maven by Advertising Age Magazine in 2010 for his work on sustainability & marketing. He’s been quoted in publications such as Financial Times, Fast Company and The Guardian


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