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Introduction to Quantum Technologies

Presented by SGInnovate & CQT

Development in Quantum technologies has seen remarkable progress over the last few years. Basic functional Quantum computers are already available through cloud access, with sizeable well-capitalised technology companies racing to develop more powerful Quantum computers. Governments worldwide are also evaluating and launching research, development and talent programmes to prepare for the Quantum future.

Quantum may be a buzzword to you, but do you know the power of its impact? How will it disrupt you and your organisation? Join us for a one-and-a-half-day Quantum technologies introductory workshop to help you navigate past the hype. This workshop will provide you with insights and tools on how to prepare for the Quantum future without being a Quantum researcher.

Some of the revolutionary applications for Quantum technologies are:

  • Cracking most commonly used encryption algorithms in industries that handle sensitive data, such as banks, militaries and government
  • Creating secure communications through Quantum encryption for sectors such as telecommunications
  • Using Quantum Machine Learning algorithms to enhance Big Data analysis for areas such as prediction of urban traffic for autonomous vehicles
  • Improving algorithms with applications in supply chain management and portfolio optimisation
  • Simulating complicated chemical reactions to aid in drug manufacturing

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Fundamental concepts of Quantum technologies
  • Introduction to Quantum-safe communication
  • Introduction to Quantum computation, simulation & algorithms
  • Introduction to Quantum computing

Target Audience:
This course is intended to provide a basic understanding of Quantum technology and some of its potential impact. It is recommended for executives and professionals managing the strategy or policy aspects of their organisations.

  • Professionals who are interested to learn more and capitalise on Quantum computing
  • Executives who want to know how Quantum technologies may disrupt or impact their organisations
  • Government officials who want to evaluate the opportunities and threats of Quantum technologies to make more informed policies on related topics

Please bring your laptops along for the workshop.

Day 1 (10 March 2020)

9:15am – 9:30am: Registration
9:30am – 10:35am: Fundamentals Concepts of Quantum Technologies
The training will start off with a session to provide attendees with an understanding of fundamental concepts such as key physics and community jargon.

  • Basic Concepts & Applications of Quantum Technology
  • Superposition
  • Entanglement
  • The Qubit

10:30am – 10:45am: Tea Break
10:45am – 12:45pm: Introduction to Quantum Safe Communication
This session starts with an overview of the Quantum threat and physical security concepts, and a recap of the terms taught in the first session. The idea of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) will also be introduced. Explanations will include real-life use cases. After summarising the current landscape, we will move to Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC), addressing use cases and implementation scenarios. By the end of this session, attendees should have a good idea of the differences between PQC and QKD, as well as an understanding of the roles both are likely to play in future cryptosystems.

  • Staying secure in a post-Quantum world
  • What is QKD?
  • What problem does it solve?
  • Case study: The BB84 Protocol
  • Other QKD variants
  • How is QKD implemented?
  • Landmark experiments, and where are we now?
  • Introduction to post-quantum cryptography
  • Use cases and candidate algorithms
  • Current status & wrap-up

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Closing comments and questions

Day 2 (11 March 2020)

09:30am – 10:00am: Registration
10:00am – 11:00am: Introduction to Quantum Computation, Simulation & Algorithms (Part 1)
This session aims to equip attendees with an understanding of Quantum computation and simulation. We will also discuss why we should utilise Quantum computing and its possible applications.

  • Quantum circuits: qubits, gates and measurements
  • Underlying mathematical model

11:00am – 11:15am: Tea Break
11:15am – 12:15pm: Introduction to Quantum Computation, Simulation & Algorithms (Part 2)

  • Overview of quantum algorithms
  • Implications of quantum computation for cryptography
  • Quantum error-correction and fault-tolerance

12:15pm – 12:30pm: Closing comments and questions
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Introduction to Quantum Computing 
This session aims to introduce different Quantum hardware platforms. Starting from the basic building blocks of Quantum information (which is vastly different from classical information), the session will cover the inner workings of a Quantum computer. It will provide a comprehensive and comparative study of existing hardware platforms including their present-day performances. You will be able to answer frequently asked questions like how far we are from using a Quantum computer.     

  • Physical qubit
  • Types of physical qubits
  • Most advance qubits – ion trap and superconducting
  • Introduction to ion trap qubit, quantum gates and quantum algorithm implementations
  • Introduction of SC qubit, quantum gate and quantum algorithm implementations
  • Comparison of the two architectures
  • State-of-the-art devices and major players

4:00pm – 4:15pm: Closing comments and questions

Early bird 20% discount : S$428/pax (after GST. Promotion ends on 9 February 2020).

Normal Ticket: S$535/pax (after GST)

For enquiries, please send an email to

James Grieve, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Quantum Technologies

James Grieve is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, working on practical implementations of Quantum communications as part of the NUS-Singtel Cybersecurity Research & Development Laboratory. An experimental physicist by training, his research interests include the behaviour of light at the single-photon level and the interaction of light with small objects. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 2012.

Joe Fitzsimons, Founder & CEO of Horizon Quantum Computing

Joe Fitzsimons is the Founder and Chief Executive of Horizon Quantum Computing, a Singapore based early-stage startup focused on building software development tools to drive the next computing revolution. Joe is a theoretical physicist with interests in all areas of Quantum mechanics and Quantum information theory. At present, his research focuses on Quantum computation, and on using Quantum phenomena to enable new secure computing functionalities. He holds a Bachelor’s in theoretical physics from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Oxford. In 2016, Joe was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Innovators Under 35 Asia list. He was a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Manas Mukherjee, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies

Manas Mukherjee is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies since 2012. His primary interest lies in developing ion trap-based Quantum technologies including Quantum computers, sensors and clocks. He has notable contributions in precision metrology of atomic masses, level structure and atom-photon interactions. Manas earned his PhD degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany based on his work on ion trap-based precision measurements. He secured the prestigious Lise Meitner International fellowship from the FWF, Austria and worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Rainer Blatt, one of the leading groups in ion trap-based Quantum computing. His present group at the Centre of Quantum Technologies is developing tools for a ion trap-based Quantum computer.

Topics: Quantum Technologies