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

SGInnovate. Partnered With A*STAR and Centre for Quantum Technologies

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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Quantum computing is often considered as one of the most disruptive technologies in the 20th 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 computer, we need to build scalable quantum processors and a host of new classical technologies such as control electronics or 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


Part 1: Quantum Ecosystem in Singapore:

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

Part 2: Building a Quantum Hardware Enterprise:

  • Dr. Chunqing Deng, Quantum Scientist, Alibaba Quantum Laboratory (AQL)
  • Itamar Sivan, CEO, Quantum Machines
  • Jose Luis Preciado, Global BDM and EMEAI lead of Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight

Programme Details: 

2.00pm - 2.30pm: Registration & Networking
2.30pm – 4:30pm: Quantum Ecosystem in Singapore:
4x (15-minute talk + 5-minute Q&A) + 40-minute panel discussion
4.30pm - 5:00pm: Coffee & Tea Break
5.00pm - 7:00pm: Building a Quantum Hardware Enterprise: 
3x (20-minute talk + 5-minute Q&A) + 45-minute panel discussion
7.00pm: Networking Reception

Speakers' Profiles:

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

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Prof. Alexander Ling, Principal Investigator, Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore

Professor Alexander 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.

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.

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

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 effort at Alibaba to build a quantum computer for real-world computational problems.

Jose Luis Preciado, Global Business Development Manager, Quantum Engineering Solutions 

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.

Have questions about Getting Ahead in the Quantum Economy: A Deep Dive into the Hardware? Contact SGInnovate. Partnered With A*STAR and Centre for Quantum Technologies

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