Quantum.Tech Boston 2022 Blog

Quantum Thursdays Q&A – September Edition

Our expert speakers answer your questions from the September edition of Quantum.Tech's Quantum Thursdays. Take a look at their answers here:

UK technology firm Riverlane develops first high performance universal operating system for quantum computers.

A key stage in the commercial development of quantum computers has been reached with the successful UK trial of a high-performance, universal operating system.

Quantum Thursday Q&As with Dominic Widdows

Dominic Widdows, Senior Principal NLP Scientist at LivePerson, answers your questions from the first edition of Quantum.Tech's Quantum Thursdays, July 30.

Interview: Dimitri van Esch, Project Manager, ABN Amro

Join Dimitri van Esch, Project Manager at ABN Amro, at Quantum.Tech in London this April. Here he explains what technology infrastructure building blocks are required to begin a Quantum computing or secure communications proof of concept.

Interview: Florian Neukart, Director, Advanced Technologies and IT Innovation, Volkswagen Group of America

Advisory Board member Florian Neukart, Director, Advanced Technologies and IT Innovation at Volkswagen Group of America, gives his top tips on the adoption of Quantum technology and its future.

Interview: Patrick Gilday, Investor, Global Founders Capital

Patrick Gilday is an Investor at Global Founders Capital - Read his take on the biggest challenges facing the adoption of Quantum technology in 2020.

Interview: Mohammad Choucair, CEO, Archer Materials

Mohammad Choucair, CEO of Archer Materials, talks to us about the company's biggest focus for the next 12 months and what he's most looking forward to at Quantum.Tech.

Interview: Dustin Moody, Mathematician, Cryptographic Technology Group, NIST

Dustin Moody, Mathematician, Cryptographic Technology Group at NIST gives us his take on the biggest challenges facing the adoption of Quantum technology in 2020 and the goal of post-quantum cryptography.

Interview: Jan Goetz, CEO & Founder, IQM

Jan Goetz, CEO & Founder of IQM gives his insight into the future of Quantum technology and advice on how an enterprise can start their Quantum journey.

HQS Quantum Simulations: How to survive a Quantum winter

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

How does a team of quantum researchers make the jump from academia to industry? In the case of HQS and its CEO and co-founder, Michael Marthaler, it began with a round of cold calls - ringing up companies and asking, if, on off chance, they’d be interested in doing some quantum simulation.

Get involved with the BCG Quantum survey

Be a part of Boston Consulting Group's upcoming publication State of Quantum Computing. Get involved by filling a short survey to help aggregate trends to give a clearer picture of where the field is heading, what can really be expected and in which time frame.

Rahko: The future of pharmaceuticals is Quantum machine learning

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

It’s not an unfamiliar story: a small team of academics working in something quantum-related spinning out from their university to capitalise on their combined knowledge. Rahko, however, isn’t the culmination of decades of researching, lecturing and professorships in academia.

Aliro Technologies: Connecting classical with Quantum

Something refreshing about the quantum computing industry is its diversity of backgrounds. CEOs, investors and senior programmers and engineers commonly migrate - or seem to fall into - quantum from other fields, pulled to QC companies by their promise, novelty or the need to be at what they see as technology’s bleeding edge.

Dancing with Qubits: How quantum computing works and how it can change the world

Discover how quantum computing works and delve into the math behind it with Robert S. Sutor's latest publication, Dancing with Qubits: How quantum computing works and how it can change the world.

First ever full brain scans with new quantum technology achieve leap in human imaging - UK breakthrough

A scanner that shows whole brain activity in greater detail than previously possible - with four times the sensitivity and far higher resolution - is ready for commercial development following trials.

Impressions from Quantum.Tech 2019

By: Dr. Philipp Gerbert Senior Partner and Managing Director Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Philipp Gerbert, Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group shares his thoughts on the first edition of Quantum.Tech which took place September 10-11, 2019 in Boston. 

Q-CTRL: Building foundations for a stable Quantum revolution

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

“Quantum technology will be as transformational in the 21st Century as harnessing electricity was in the 19th,” says Professor Michael Biercuk, founder and CEO of Sydney-based quantum control company, Q-CTRL, in the company’s introductory homepage video. It’s by no means a controversial statement given the potential power of the technology. 

ID Quantique: We are already facing a Quantum threat, but if we prepare, we can mitigate the risk

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

What did it take to wake the world up to cybersecurity in the 21st Century? The warnings were there from the start: how long ago did you first hear a guest ‘technology expert’ on television warning the audience about choosing strong passwords? Since the dawn of the internet, there has been a steady trickle of online horror story headlines: credit card fraud, identity theft, online blackmail and cyberstalking. 

Interview: Aaron Bishop, CEO, Quantum Security Alliance

Aaron Bishop, CEO, of the Quantum Security Alliance tells us what he thinks some of the biggest challenges facing the Quantum landscape are, as well as what technology infrastructure building blocks are required to begin a Quantum computing or secure communications proof of concept. 

Interview: Dr. Fred Moxley, Research Fellow, Dartmouth College

Dr. Fred Moxley, Research Fellow at Dartmouth College explain what the biggest challenges facing the adoption of Quantum technology in 2019/2020 is, as well as what he's most looking forward to at the upcoming Quantum.Tech event taking place in Boston, this September.

Interview: Marcos Allende Lopez, Technology Coordinator, LACChain

Marcos Allende Lopez, Technology Coordinator at LACChain discusses the Quantum landscape and gives his advice on how to start your Quantum journey. 

Interview: Dr. George Tuckwell, Divisional Director, Geoscience and Engineering, RSK

Dr. George Tuckwell, Divisional Director, Geoscience and Engineering at RSK answers our questions on the future of Quantum technology and the challenges facing its adoption.

IQM aims to drive disruptive advancements in Quantum computing technology

Finland-based startup secures EUR 11.45M in seed funding from international investors. ESPOO, Finland, July 9, 2019 – With a vision to drive disruptive advancements in quantum computing, a team of innovators has launched IQM Finland Oy (IQM). The startup—a spinout from Aalto University (Aalto) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)—is developing hardware systems to enable the world’s first scalable quantum computing solution. 

Quantum computing leaps into customers’ transformation-centric conversations

Join Stephanie Long and Geoff Woollacott as they dig into key findings from TBR’s new Quantum Computing Market Landscape taking place July 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT. 

Alpine Quantum Technologies: Selling Quantum to the masses

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

Listening to him talk, Thomas Monz from the University of Innsbruck could be talking about any co-working space in the world. At the Austrian Academy of Sciences, he describes researchers milling around a giant coffee table, sitting down with contemporaries from different fields, sparking ideas off each other and trading insights. When he mentions the number of Nobel Laureates who would sit round that table, it sounds almost like an afterthought. When I press him for names, he haltingly compiles a list of names on the fly.

Qulab: Bringing big pharma and Quantum together

In a TED talk at UCLA in 2016, Alireza Shabani tells a story about falling in love with physics. At the age of ten, his sister found him reading a story book. Unimpressed, she told him that it was time to start reading about science instead, and dragged him to a bookshop where she bought him a weighty tome about atoms. This went down better than you might expect, and a lifelong fascination with physics was born. 

Interview: Dr. Merrick Watchorn, Chair, Quantum Security Alliance

Dr. Merrick Watchorn, Chair at Quantum Security Alliance, gives his insight into the future of Quantum technology and the impact it will have on his industry.

Interview: Dr. Isaac Balbin, Founder & CEO, Parsl

Dr. Isaac Balbin, Founder & CEO of Parsl, explains his views on the biggest challenges facing the adoption of Quantum technology in the upcoming year and what he's looking forward to at the Quantum.Tech conference, taking place in Boston, September 10-11, 2019.

Interview: Dr. Tuhin Sahai, Technical Fellow, United Technologies Research Center

Dr. Tuhin Sahai, Technical Fellow at United Technologies Research Center answers our questions on the biggest challenges facing the adoption of Quantum technology in the year ahead.

Interview: Dr. Scott Genin, Head of Materials Discovery, OTI Lumionics

Dr. Scott Genin, Head of Materials Discovery at OTI Lumionics gives his advice on how an enterprise can start their Quantum journey.

Interview: Dimitri van Esch, Project Manager, ABN Amro

Dimitri van Esch, Project Manager at ABN Amro gives his tips on how to best engage and support your business to adopt Quantum technologies and how to start your Quantum journey.

Interview: Oliver Wick, Technology Scouting, Lead Quantum Computing, BMW Research, Technology and Innovation

Oliver Wick, Technology Scouting, Lead Quantum Computing at BMW Research, Technology and Innovation answers our questions on the biggest challenges facing Quantum technology and where BMW's focus is within Quantum in the near future.

Interview: Dr. Tommaso Calarco, Director / Coordinator, Peter Grunberg Institute, FZ-Julich & Quantum Support Action Group, EU Quantum Flagship

Dr. Tommaso Calarco, Director / Coordinator at the Peter Grunberg Institute, FZ-Julich & Quantum Support Action Group at EU Quantum Flagship talks to us about the future of Quantum technology and what he's looking forward to at the upcoming Quantum.Tech event taking place this September in Boston.

Cracking the molecular code with the right type of Quantum hardware

By: Marc Ganzhorn, Daniel Egger, and Stefan Filipp

In the quest to accurately simulate the behavior of chemical entities, quantum computers are expected to offer a significant advantage over their classical counterparts. But to that end, algorithms and the hardware architectures themselves need to be tailored to the specific task at hand. In a collaboration with a co-author affiliated with both Forschungszentrum Juelich and RWTH Aachen University, our team at IBM Research-Zurich now lays out how exchange-type two-qubit gates constitute a very promising avenue to calculate molecular properties.

2026: The Countdown to CERN’s Quantum Upgrade

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

Around three minutes before I’m scheduled to talk to Dr. Federico Carminati, chief innovation officer at CERN openlab, I run into a problem. Re-reading his profile on the CERN openlab website, I’ve missed a critical detail. Dr. Carminati is not just exploring novel ways to increase CERN’s computing power through Quantum computing and machine learning. He is also a psychoanalyst, with a certification in something called ‘pet-assisted therapy’. I have never heard of pet-assisted therapy.

The coldest place on Earth: Inside Bluefors dilution refrigerators

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

Ever wondered how to make something cooler than anything else in the known universe?

That’s the question that greets visitors to the website of Finnish cryogenics company, Bluefors. Their answer: take that something and place it inside one of the company’s dilution refrigerators. Once active, the central compartment of the fridge will chill anything inside to (a fraction of one degree Kelvin above) absolute zero. Absolute zero - the lowest possible energy state for matter; the coldest it is possible to get - would (theoretically) be achieved at -273.15 degrees Celsius. Bluefors’ dilution refrigerators will get you to below 0.01 degrees Celsius of that.

Honeywell’s Quantum Computing Efforts Heating Up After Years Of Quiet Research

The quantum computing effort at Honeywell appears to be heating up. Over the last several months, the company has announced a series of new developments in its trapped ion quantum computer research. Until recently, the tech giant had been rather tight-lipped about its plans in this area.

Somethin’ strange in the (Quantum) neighborhood…

How established must an industry be to become a target for disruption? Not established at all according to William Hurley, known amongst friends and colleagues as “whurley,” a serial entrepreneur and founder of the disruptive quantum computing firm Strangeworks. 

The UK’s National Physical Laboratory: Delivering quantum precision to industry

With over 100 years of measurement innovation, and over 100 people dedicated to quantum technology, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory is a world leader in innovative science. But there’s a twist. Although there is plenty of scientific research taking place - at a level equivalent to any leading research institute - the NPL’s primary goal is to support British industry. As such, the Quantum Metrology Institute, the organization within the NPL responsible for quantum technologies, is at the cutting edge of developing deployment-ready quantum tools & techniques.

University Of Copenhagen Researchers Realize New Platform For Future Quantum Computer

University of Copenhagen physicists, as part of the University and Microsoft collaboration focused on topological quantum computing, may have unloosed a Gordian knot in quantum computer development. 

Latin American Scientists Call For ‘Clear Rules’ Regarding China’s Quantum Internet Experiments

This “Digital Military Magazine” discusses what it sees as China’s goal of achieving cyberspace dominion. In 2017, Beijing started quantum Internet experiments with a network of satellites and computers that could share information worldwide at an unprecedented high speed.

IBM Announces Expansion Of IBM Q Network; Partnering With Global Universities

IBM today announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities with the intent to partner with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Announce New Approach To Device Control For Measuring Qubits Low-Temp Environments

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, have developed a new device for controlling and measuring qubits inside the low-temperature environment of quantum computers; the new device can be manipulated at lower frequency, without the need for microwave lines, thus reducing cost and complexity.

Siemens Healthineers: Pioneering Healthcare with Quantum Computing

“I wanted to work on cutting edge research that could lead to benefits for patients” says Peter Mountney, a Senior Key Expert Scientist at Siemens Healthineers.

That was the key driver for joining Siemens Healthineers after a PhD and post doc work in machine learning-driven medical imaging and surgical robotics.

Oxford Quantum Circuits: Scaling a quantum computing company

Scaling up quantum circuitry is a significant challenge. Building up even a relatively small system raises the problems of noise and interference, increases error rates, and can eventually jeopardise output completely. But for young start-ups, quantum computing has a second scalability problem: attracting more talent to a field still widely perceived by those on the outside as intimidating, inaccessible and academic. Oxford Quantum Circuits, a spin-out from the University of Oxford, has a solution for the first. CEO Ilana Wisby, Founder, Peter Leek and quantum engineer Brian Vlastakis are working on the second.

Microsoft Quantum Network Debuts

The Microsoft Quantum Network made its official debut this week at Microsoft’s Redmond campus; representatives laid out the company’s vision for quantum computing and introduced network partners to Microsoft’s tools of the quantum trade at the event.

Innovation; the NatWest way

How does a 300 year old institution do innovation? That’s the challenge that John Stewart, Global Head of Scouting and Research at NatWest grapples with each day. 

Zapata: Solving intractable problems

If you had invented the Natural Language engine behind Apple’s Siri you might be inclined to rest on your laurels. Not so for machine learning expert Christopher Savoie, CEO and Co-Founder of Zapata Computing. After running data and analytics for Nissan, Christopher launched a photonics company using machine learning capabilities emanating from Alan Aspuru-Guzik’s group at Harvard. Based on that experience, in 2017 Chris and Alan decided to spin out Alan’s quantum information group into what is now Zapata. 

The Race Is On To Quantum Computing

The race is on to quantum computing. Some of the technology industry’s biggest companies, such as IBM, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and China’s Alibaba, along with upstarts like California-based Rigetti, are in a race to build  cutting-edge quantum computing machines, which promise to revolutionize industries including energy, health, and finance by letting them crunch data faster than ever before. Governments understand the geopolitical implications too. China is building a $10 billion national lab for quantum computing.

IAEA-Coordinated Project To Build Quantum Technology With Ion Beam Accelerators

Scientists are working on accelerator-based techniques for developing new materials that could speed up development of quantum technologies. A coordinated research project funded by the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) has brought together leading scientists from Australia, China, Croatia, Finland, Italy, India, Israel, Singapore, Spain and the USA. The main aim of the project is to develop novel, accelerator-based ion beam techniques for creating and characterizing modified material required for new quantum technologies.

Quantum Communication Will Need Both Fiber & Satellites

An explanation of the need for both fiber and satellites for quantum communications to be scaled globally.  Both can transmit qubits, but for now in the world of the “Quantum Internet”, fiber and satellites serve two different markets and represent two different opportunities.  Read more in the in-depth, information-dense companion blog to your ITQ newsletter.

QC Ware: Quantum computing for the masses

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

At first glance, Matt Johnson’s journey to CEO of QC Ware--the Palo Alto company developing accessible, hardware-agnostic quantum computing software--immediately stands out from the mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists you’d expect to find running a quantum computing company. With an impressive list of Fortune 100 customers, investment from Citigroup, Airbus and Goldman Sachs, and partnerships with NASA and the US National Science Foundation, the company has already established itself as a leader in this emerging field. 

The Constancy of Errors: Quantum Benchmark’s Shortcut to Supremacy

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

The ubiquity of errors in the quantum computing community is an open secret. And yet, for those on the outside, the word ‘computing’ can imply reliability. It’s a simple enough mistake to make for non-experts, who, not unreasonably, conflate quantum computing with its everyday, classical forebear - where technology has progressed to the point where errors at the hardware level are so rare as to be practically inconsequential. We implicitly trust classical computers to perform calculations faultlessly - but in quantum computing, errors are rife.

Into the Light: Xanadu’s Vision of a Photonic Future

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

Xanadu’s Nathan Killoran accepts the scale of the company’s vision: in two years, this two-year-old company of around 35 software and hardware engineers is dedicated to building a scalable photonic quantum computer with accompanying software.

Stanford Launches New Q-Farm Initiative To Expand Strengths In Quantum Science & Engineering

Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have launched a new Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines (Q-FARM) initiative to leverage and expand the university’s strengths in quantum science and engineering and to train the field’s next generation of scientists.

Quantum Science Advances Could Change Face Of National Security

Scientists are building computers that use entangled quantum bits (called, “qubits”) to complete calculations that were once thought impossible and at speeds never imagined.

Challenges In Development Of Commercially Viable QKD Transmitters & Receivers

Field tests are solving the challenges of counting photons and measuring their quantum states in quantum key distribution (QKD)-based optical transmission networks to ensure communications security.

Archer Exploration Exploring Quantum Technology That Allows Qubits To Be Processed At Room Temperature

Archer Exploration Limited’s Dr Mohammad Choucair, has invented the first material known to overcome a known quantum technology limitation by allowing quantum information (quibits) to be processed at room temperatures. Archer is now developing the licensed University of Sydney (USyd) technology which can hold quantum information and allow it to process the quibits at ordinary room temperatures.

Finnish Researchers Approach Quantum Computing Speed Limit

The ability to track and control quantum processors in real time is a difficult task, according to Finland’s Aalto University researchers Antti Vepsäläinen, Sergey Danilin, and Sorin Paraoanu. The group of researchers recently described their latest work in approaching the quantum computing speed limit with accuracy.

Microsoft For Startups Provides Qualified Quantum Computing Startups With Access To Microsoft Technologies

Microsoft shared in late 2018 that they are expanding collaborations to include startups that are driving the quantum industry forward. Microsoft had previously been collaborating with organizations such as Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL), and strategic research partnerships with institutions including Purdue University, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Copenhagen, TU Delft, and the University of Sydney.

Delivering Quantum Advantage: The Volkswagen Group of America Perspective

The smart office in downtown San Francisco could be home to a cool ecommerce or tech start-up. Scribbled quadratic equations on a whiteboard, open-plan, and a cute dachshund trotting around, not what you would typically associate with an 81 year old manufacturing giant. But for the past 2 and a half years, this has been the home of Florian Neukart, the Principal Scientist at Volkswagen Group of America, the German automotive leader. 

Quantum Pharma: Pioneering Quantum Computing in Genomics

Singapore may not be the first location that comes to mind when identifying quantum technology innovation hubs, but world-class infrastructure, a great scientific knowledge base and plenty of government support has attracted many leading quantum physicists to the steamy island metropolis.

Among them are Tommaso Demarie and Ewan Munro, co-founders of pioneering quantum computing start-up Entropica Labs, who met at Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies. With support, and pre-seed investment from London-based accelerator Entrepreneur First, Tommaso and Ewan have their sights set on transforming computational biology.

Quantum Accelerated Drug Discovery

The way pharmaceutical companies try to discover new drugs are similar to panning for gold. Wash a load of molecules slowly through a sieve, and pray for a sparkle of gold amidst the rubble. This early stage drug discovery costs pharma companies billions of dollars every year.

A London-based quantum start up is looking to change that needle-in-a-haystack approach. Vid Stojevic and Noor Shaker, two academics with backgrounds in tensor networks and machine learning, are co-founders of GTN. 

Practical Quantum Cryptography For The Internet of Things

You may know Southwark in South London by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Or by browsing through bustling Borough Market. Or even Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. But there are a couple of guys determined to make Southwark famous for some serious quantum science.

Shahram Mossayebi and Patrick Camilleri are the co-founders of 2-year-old start-up Crypto Quantique. They are developing a solution to address the biggest challenge facing the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market: security.  Quantum tech caught up with the two entrepreneurs at their offices in Southwark.

Rivada Networks Supports Efforts To Establish Global Quantum Security Technology Standards

Rivada Networks has joined with 17 other members of the Quantum Alliance Initiative to submit the first global Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) recommendations to the International Telecommunications Union—Telecommunication Standardization Section (ITU-T) meeting in Geneva, scheduled for January 22-30, 2019.

New Protocols For Quantum Sensors Could Allow Safe Use Of Nanoscale NMR In Study Of Biomolecules

A study by the Quantum Technologies for Information Science (QUTIS) group of the University of the Basque Country’s Department of Physical Chemistry, has produced a series of protocols for quantum sensors that could allow images to be obtained by means of the nuclear magnetic resonance of single biomolecules using a minimal amount of radiation.

Airbus Sponsoring Quantum Computing Challenge For Aircraft Design

Airbus has announced that it is creating a global competition to encourage developers to find ways quantum computing can be applied to aircraft design. Airbus is already exploring the use of quantum computing in areas such as “route optimization and satellite imagery.”

Smart Cities May Be Best Business Case For Quantum Computing

Quantum computing (QC) for smart cities may be the best business use of QC technology according to this INSEAD blog posting. The author says quantum computing is best suited for cases that involve massive data processing, but don’t require 100 percent precision in computations. Future smart cities represent a context in which those kind of problems will abound.