Quantum Partnerships Forum 2020 | Kisaco Research

Building the quantum computing ecosystem

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VIRTUAL FORUM | CST Timezone
1-3 December, 2020

“Gartner predicts by 2023, 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum computing technology, compared to 1% today (a 20x growth in 3 years!)”

Why Attend

The Quantum Partnerships Forum focuses on creating and growing key partnerships within the quantum computing ecosystem. The inaugural forum in 2020 will be a virtual event and center around the themes of commercialization and supply chain. Similar to an ‘exchange’ format, forum attendees are expected to fill out profiles in order to increase the effectiveness of networking. The structure and content of the event emphasizes networking and the formation and dynamics of partnerships over product pitches, updates, and industry timelines. More panels and group discussions than presentations.

The Quantum Partnerships Forum 2020 will bring together researchers, hardware & systems builders, and equipment manufacturers to discuss design & engineering challenges, technical requirements, and case studies of successful industry partnerships.

Who will be there

30%
End Users
15%
Supply Chain
15%
Researchers and Academics
10%
End-to-End Providers
10%
Hardware and Systems Builders
10%
Software and Services Developers
10%
Investors

End Users

Supply Chain

Researchers and Academics

End-to-End Providers

Hardware and Systems Builders

Software and Services Developers

Investors

Portfolio Attendees

Speakers

 

Evert Geurtsen

Co-Director (User Engagement) UK National Quantum Computing & Simulation Hub
University of Oxford

Evert Geurtsen

Co-Director (User Engagement) UK National Quantum Computing & Simulation Hub
University of Oxford

Evert Geurtsen

Co-Director (User Engagement) UK National Quantum Computing & Simulation Hub
University of Oxford
 

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh

Investment Director, Technology
IP Group

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, is an Investment Director within the Technology Partnership. She takes an active role as a non-executive director in a number of software companies (machine learning, AI and robotics) and also leads the Quantum Computing portfolio at IP Group. She manages technology investments from deal origination to exit, having been responsible for the trade sale of TheySay Ltd (acquired by Aptean), secondary share sale exit in Concirrus as well as sourced and worked with the founding team to build Quantum Motion.

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh

Investment Director, Technology
IP Group

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh

Investment Director, Technology
IP Group

Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, is an Investment Director within the Technology Partnership. She takes an active role as a non-executive director in a number of software companies (machine learning, AI and robotics) and also leads the Quantum Computing portfolio at IP Group. She manages technology investments from deal origination to exit, having been responsible for the trade sale of TheySay Ltd (acquired by Aptean), secondary share sale exit in Concirrus as well as sourced and worked with the founding team to build Quantum Motion. She has also been the acting Chair of Boxarr and Quantum Motion, as well as partnering with Innovate UK to run the Investment Accelerator in Quantum Computing.

An engineer by background, Manjari has a PhD from the University of Oxford specialising in machine learning and mobile robotics, which she did on a Rhodes Scholarship. Immediately prior to her current role she worked at Oxford University in its Innovation department and, earlier to that, as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science department. She also serves as a governor at her local primary school. 

 

Prof. Michael Henshaw

Professor of Systems Engineering
Loughborough University

Michael Henshaw is Professor of Systems Engineering; he is head of the Systems Division and leads the Engineering Systems of Systems (EsoS) Research Group. His research focuses on integration and management of complex socio-technical systems, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of through-life management of systems and capabilities.

Prof. Michael Henshaw

Professor of Systems Engineering
Loughborough University

Prof. Michael Henshaw

Professor of Systems Engineering
Loughborough University

Michael Henshaw is Professor of Systems Engineering; he is head of the Systems Division and leads the Engineering Systems of Systems (EsoS) Research Group. His research focuses on integration and management of complex socio-technical systems, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of through-life management of systems and capabilities.

The main research topics studied include modelling of Systems of Systems (SoS), Systems Lifecycles, Network Enabled Capability (NEC), management of knowledge for through-life management (TLM), cyber-security, pilot training, C2, and autonomous robotic systems. Within all these areas there is a strong emphasis on the challenges of interoperability between systems and the importance of including humans and organisations as part of the systems.

Professor Henshaw graduated in applied physics, and his early research focused on laser-plasma interactions, using computational fluid dynamics to investigate various phenomena in applications such as X-ray lasers. He joined British Aerospace (later BAE Systems) as an aerodynamicist and worked for seventeen years in aeronautical engineering tackling problems associated with unsteady aerodynamics (computational and experimental) and, later, multi-disciplinary integration. He was appointed to a chair in Systems Engineering at Loughborough in 2006 to direct the large (£4M) multi-university, multi-disciplinary programme sponsored by EPSRC and BAE Systems, NECTISE, that ran from Nov 2005 – April 2009. He has an international reputation for his work in systems of systems.

 

 

Prof. Roberto DeSimone

Manager, Strategic Innovation (Disruptive Technologies)
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Roberto has 35+ years expertise in exploiting emerging technologies, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Quantum Technologies (QT), for government and commercial clients. He has a PhD in machine learning (1989) and pursued AI/ML research at world-leading institutes in the UK and US. Since 2010, he has been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, where he has been leading a team of maverick scientists, engineers and consultants that is exploiting these emerging technologies for disruptive business applications for government and commercial clients.

Prof. Roberto DeSimone

Manager, Strategic Innovation (Disruptive Technologies)
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Prof. Roberto DeSimone

Manager, Strategic Innovation (Disruptive Technologies)
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Roberto has 35+ years expertise in exploiting emerging technologies, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Quantum Technologies (QT), for government and commercial clients. He has a PhD in machine learning (1989) and pursued AI/ML research at world-leading institutes in the UK and US. Since 2010, he has been working at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, where he has been leading a team of maverick scientists, engineers and consultants that is exploiting these emerging technologies for disruptive business applications for government and commercial clients. He is also working part-time as an Entrepreneur in Residence for quantum engineering at Bristol University, funded by the Royal Society, and a visiting professor of quantum systems engineering at Loughborough University, having been a visiting professor for AI at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham.

 

 

James Palles-Dimmock

Commercial Director
Quantum Motion

James is Commercial Director at Quantum Motion, where he is responsible for defining an IP, technical and commercial strategy for the business, developing silicon-based qubit architectures which are compatible with standard CMOS fabrication.

James Palles-Dimmock

Commercial Director
Quantum Motion

James Palles-Dimmock

Commercial Director
Quantum Motion

James is Commercial Director at Quantum Motion, where he is responsible for defining an IP, technical and commercial strategy for the business, developing silicon-based qubit architectures which are compatible with standard CMOS fabrication.

James has over a decade of experience delivering products from early stage concepts through R&D programmes; developing, protecting and commercialising new semiconductor technologies, in particular during his time at Japanese electronics company Sharp. James has transferred technology to factories both in the UK and Japan and his work has spanned the TRLs, from developing the first lab-based demonstration of a hot carrier solar cell to consulting on production issues in an assembly line.

A physicist by background, James has an MSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in Quantum Physics from Imperial College London and is a fellow of the Electrical Research Association (ERA).

 

Matthew Versaggi

Senior Director, Artificial Intelligence & Distinguished Engineer
Optum Technology

Matthew Versaggi holds a senior leadership role in the Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies space for the Advanced Technology Division (ATC) of  Optum Technology. Combination role comprises the responsibilities of (a) thought leader, (b) evangelist, (c) education SME, (d) strategist, and (e)  advanced technology delivery of projects and technical capabilities in the AI/CT spaces. His previous role in Optum had him leading a global AI/ML delivery team (Dublin, Boston, Minnesota and South Carolina).

Matthew Versaggi

Senior Director, Artificial Intelligence & Distinguished Engineer
Optum Technology

Matthew Versaggi

Senior Director, Artificial Intelligence & Distinguished Engineer
Optum Technology

Matthew Versaggi holds a senior leadership role in the Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies space for the Advanced Technology Division (ATC) of  Optum Technology. Combination role comprises the responsibilities of (a) thought leader, (b) evangelist, (c) education SME, (d) strategist, and (e)  advanced technology delivery of projects and technical capabilities in the AI/CT spaces. His previous role in Optum had him leading a global AI/ML delivery team (Dublin, Boston, Minnesota and South Carolina). Other responsibilities he holds are Education and Subject Matter Expert in AI/ML for College of Artificial Intelligence in the Optum Tech University, and Subject Matter Expert in the UHG Patent Review Board reviewing AI/ML technologies. 

Matthew's previous roles prior to Optum were: AI Engineer for a Military Contractor, CEO of his own company, CIO of a dental insurance company, Adjunct Professor at a University, Business Startup Partner,  and AI Developer.

He has four university degrees : BA (Computer Science), BS (Finance / MIS), MS (Computer Science -Artificial Intelligence), MBA ( International Business / Economics).  He also has Professional certificates  in Security (Server / Network), Data Science / Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.

 

Dr. Maximilian Bock

Investment Manager
High Tech Gründerfonds

Maximilian’s CV has many facets. He started as a physicist at Cambridge University in 2008. He later worked as a materials researcher in construction before founding Madanyu and Netwookie, two Tech4Good companies focused on emerging markets. To date, he has supported over 60 startups as a mentor and board member. Through his work, he has built a strong international investment and expert network with focus on England, France, and USA.

Dr. Maximilian Bock

Investment Manager
High Tech Gründerfonds

Dr. Maximilian Bock

Investment Manager
High Tech Gründerfonds

Maximilian’s CV has many facets. He started as a physicist at Cambridge University in 2008. He later worked as a materials researcher in construction before founding Madanyu and Netwookie, two Tech4Good companies focused on emerging markets. To date, he has supported over 60 startups as a mentor and board member. Through his work, he has built a strong international investment and expert network with focus on England, France, and USA. As an investment manager in the hardware team, his focus is on nano- and quantum technology, materials and environmental research as well as Industry 4.0 and Future of Work.

 

Prof. Michael Biercuk

Founder & CEO
Q-CTRL

Michael is Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at The University of Sydney where he leads a team working to develop advanced technology powered by quantum physics. Out of this research, Michael saw a gap in the market for a company which made this knowledge available outside of the lab. Michael is also Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Prof. Michael Biercuk

Founder & CEO
Q-CTRL

Prof. Michael Biercuk

Founder & CEO
Q-CTRL

Michael is Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at The University of Sydney where he leads a team working to develop advanced technology powered by quantum physics. Out of this research, Michael saw a gap in the market for a company which made this knowledge available outside of the lab. Michael is also Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Michael completed his Masters and PhD at Harvard University. After university, he held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder under the supervision of 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. David Wineland. He has also worked as a consultant to DARPA, helping steer government investments in quantum information and next-generation computer architectures.

As one of the world’s leading authorities on quantum physics and technology, Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press. He is a TEDx speaking alumnus and winner of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

 

Terrill Frantz

Assoc. Professor, eBusiness & Cybersecurity w/ Quantum Information Science
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Terrill Frantz

Assoc. Professor, eBusiness & Cybersecurity w/ Quantum Information Science
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Terrill Frantz

Assoc. Professor, eBusiness & Cybersecurity w/ Quantum Information Science
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
 

Maria Lepskaya

Senior Associate
Runa Capital

Masha is a Senior Associate focused on quantum computing and materials, a new investment area of focus for Runa Capital. While pursuing promising quantum startups, she uses her extensive background to build relationships with the best universities and institutions in the space. 

Masha previously served as the COO at Kinian, the Investment Manager for a family office, an Analyst at Yandex and the Chief Expert at the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media. 

Maria Lepskaya

Senior Associate
Runa Capital

Maria Lepskaya

Senior Associate
Runa Capital

Masha is a Senior Associate focused on quantum computing and materials, a new investment area of focus for Runa Capital. While pursuing promising quantum startups, she uses her extensive background to build relationships with the best universities and institutions in the space. 

Masha previously served as the COO at Kinian, the Investment Manager for a family office, an Analyst at Yandex and the Chief Expert at the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media. 

She is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and also earned her B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In addition to quantum computing, Masha is passionate about yoga and skiing.

 

Ravi Sundaram

Head of Strategic R&D Markets
Oxford Instruments

Dr Ravi Sundaram is the Head of strategic R&D Markets at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology responsible for leading the market strategy and collaborative R&D activity globally. He has been involved in materials research in several institutions such as EPFL, Switzerland, Max Planck Institute Stuttgart, Germany, IBM T.J Watson Research Labs, NY and Cambridge University where he worked on several aspects of 1D and 2D materials-based research from synthesis, fundamental science to prototype applications in sensors, optoelectronics and electronics.

Ravi Sundaram

Head of Strategic R&D Markets
Oxford Instruments

Ravi Sundaram

Head of Strategic R&D Markets
Oxford Instruments

Dr Ravi Sundaram is the Head of strategic R&D Markets at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology responsible for leading the market strategy and collaborative R&D activity globally. He has been involved in materials research in several institutions such as EPFL, Switzerland, Max Planck Institute Stuttgart, Germany, IBM T.J Watson Research Labs, NY and Cambridge University where he worked on several aspects of 1D and 2D materials-based research from synthesis, fundamental science to prototype applications in sensors, optoelectronics and electronics. He joined Oxford Instruments to lead and coordinate R&D efforts towards 2D materials products. Currently, he is responsible for strategy and business development in key R&D markets such as Quantum Technologies, 2Dmaterials, biomedical devices, integrated photonics  among others.

 

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies: UK Research & Innovation
UKRI

Roger McKinlay was appointed Challenge Director – Quantum Technologies for UK Research and Innovation in September 2018. Roger has served on the National Quantum Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Board for three years and was a panel member for the 2016 Quantum Technologies Blackett Review. He has held senior engineering, programme and strategy positions in several industry sectors.

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies: UK Research & Innovation
UKRI

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies: UK Research & Innovation
UKRI

Roger McKinlay was appointed Challenge Director – Quantum Technologies for UK Research and Innovation in September 2018. Roger has served on the National Quantum Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Board for three years and was a panel member for the 2016 Quantum Technologies Blackett Review. He has held senior engineering, programme and strategy positions in several industry sectors. Roger read Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a Fellow and a past president of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

 

Sal Bosman

Founder & CEO
Delft Circuits

Originally Sal was trained as a design engineer (BSc.) and has conducted projects for clients such as Philips Design, Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull. As co-founder of a high-tech SME on wireless sensor networks for mobility applications (todays internet of things), he has had over 10 years’ experience in high-tech entrepreneurship. Subsequently Sal studied Physics (BSc.), theoretical Physics (MSc. cum laude) and conducted a PhD on quantum computing in Delft. In October 2016 Sal founded Delft Circuits, a company focused as a supplier of quantum hardware for the quantum industry.

Sal Bosman

Founder & CEO
Delft Circuits

Sal Bosman

Founder & CEO
Delft Circuits

Originally Sal was trained as a design engineer (BSc.) and has conducted projects for clients such as Philips Design, Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull. As co-founder of a high-tech SME on wireless sensor networks for mobility applications (todays internet of things), he has had over 10 years’ experience in high-tech entrepreneurship. Subsequently Sal studied Physics (BSc.), theoretical Physics (MSc. cum laude) and conducted a PhD on quantum computing in Delft. In October 2016 Sal founded Delft Circuits, a company focused as a supplier of quantum hardware for the quantum industry.

 

Dr Tobias Lindstrom

Principal Research Scientist
NPL

Tobias received his PhD in Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2005.

After his PhD Tobias worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NPL, University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the Quantum Detection Group at NPL as a Senior Research Scientist in 2012 and was promoted to Principal Research Scientist in 2020.

Dr Tobias Lindstrom

Principal Research Scientist
NPL

Dr Tobias Lindstrom

Principal Research Scientist
NPL

Tobias received his PhD in Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2005.

After his PhD Tobias worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NPL, University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the Quantum Detection Group at NPL as a Senior Research Scientist in 2012 and was promoted to Principal Research Scientist in 2020.

During his time at NPL, Tobias has primarily worked on superconducting quantum technology.  In addition to conducting research relevant for the emerging superconducting quantum computing sector, he has also pioneered the use of precision frequency metrology methods for the study of noise in superconducting resonators and qubits.

Tobias’ research interests include many aspects of solid-state quantum information processing. In particular the study of decoherence mechanisms and other topics related to the materials used to fabricate quantum circuits.  He is also involved in the development of novel methods and instruments for characterising quantum circuits.

 

Dr. Steve Brierley

Founder & CEO
Riverlane

Steve founded Riverlane because he believes that bringing together pioneers in software, algorithms and architectures in one company is the only path to commercially useful quantum computers. His dream is to make quantum computers as transparent and well known as RaspberryPi.

Steve is a global leader in the commercialisation of quantum computers and sits on the UK government’s Quantum Computing Expert Group. He spent almost a decade in the intelligence community and as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge leading major research projects in quantum computing.

Dr. Steve Brierley

Founder & CEO
Riverlane

Dr. Steve Brierley

Founder & CEO
Riverlane

Steve founded Riverlane because he believes that bringing together pioneers in software, algorithms and architectures in one company is the only path to commercially useful quantum computers. His dream is to make quantum computers as transparent and well known as RaspberryPi.

Steve is a global leader in the commercialisation of quantum computers and sits on the UK government’s Quantum Computing Expert Group. He spent almost a decade in the intelligence community and as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge leading major research projects in quantum computing.

Steve holds a PhD in quantum information from the University of York. He is a big music fan and spent much of his youth playing the saxophone in jazz, funk and soul bands.

 

 

Dr. Jan Goetz

Founder & CEO
IQM

Dr. Jan Goetz

Founder & CEO
IQM

Dr. Jan Goetz

Founder & CEO
IQM
 

Dr. Sebastian Weidt

Founder & CEO
Universal Quantum

Dr. Sebastian Weidt

Founder & CEO
Universal Quantum

Dr. Sebastian Weidt

Founder & CEO
Universal Quantum
 

Dr. Yi Shu

Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments

Dr. Yi Shu

Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments

Dr. Yi Shu

Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments
 

Dr. Ziad Melhem

Strategic Business Development Manager
Oxford Instruments

Dr. Ziad Melhem

Strategic Business Development Manager
Oxford Instruments

Dr. Ziad Melhem

Strategic Business Development Manager
Oxford Instruments
 

Colin Welch

Principal Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments

Colin Welch

Principal Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments

Colin Welch

Principal Applications Engineer
Oxford Instruments

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