2 October 2020 | Zurich, Switzerland
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2 October 2020
Zurich, Switzerland
Quantum Industry Day in Switzerland 2020


Sadik Hafizovic

CEO & Co-founder, Zurich Instruments Ltd

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: A signal processing expert with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Sadik has co-founded Zurich Instruments as a spin-off and has developed the company as its CEO from an innovative lock-in manufacturer to a major T&M player and leading instrumentation provider for quantum computing.

Tommaso Calarco

Forschungszentrum Jülich

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Tommaso Calarco has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. Currently the Director of the Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Tommaso received his PhD at the University of Ferrara and started to work as a postdoc in the group of P. Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento in 2004 and as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007, where he then became Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He has authored in 2016 the Quantum Manifesto, which initiated the European Commission’s Quantum Flagship initiative, and is currently the Chairman of one of the Flagship’s Governing Bodies: The Quantum Community Network.

Frank Wilhelm-Mauch

Saarland University

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Frank Wilhelm-Mauch is a professor of theoretical physics at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. He works on cross-cutting topics related to quantum computing with superconducting integrated circuits and is the coordinator of the EU quantum technology flagship project „An Open Superconducting Quantum Computer“. He is also a frequent advisor to government and industry organizations.
Frank Wilhelm-Mauch holds a doctoral degree in theoretical physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Delft University of Technology, obtained his habilitation at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, and was an associate professor at the University of Waterloo before joining Saarland.

Heike Riel

IBM Fellow, Senior Executive IBM Quantum Research Europe, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow, Department Head of Science & Technology and Lead of IBM Research Quantum Europe/Africa. She is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and her organization is devoted to advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. In prior roles at IBM she had been leading the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group, the Physical Sciences Department and the IoT Technology and AI Solutions Department at the T.J. Watson Research Center. She received the master’s in physics from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the PhD in physics from University of Bayreuth and an MBA from Henley Business College (UK) in 2010. She has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications, filed more than 50 patents and has received several major awards and distinctions.

Hannes Hübel

Senior Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Hannes Hübel is currently heading the experimental quantum communication activities at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and is the coordinator of the QT Flagship project UNIQORN as well as the QCI pilot project OPENQKD. Prior to joining AIT in 2015, Hannes Hübel worked as an assistant professor at Stockholm University (Sweden) and as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing (Canada) and the quantum information group at the University of Vienna (Austria).

Thomas Strohm

Coordinator of Quantum Technologies, Robert Bosch GmbH

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Thomas Strohm by education is a solid-state physicist. He got his PhD in 1999 from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. After working many years mainly as a software architect at Bosch Research, he was one of two associates starting Quantum Technologies at Bosch. Today, he is working in the Quantum Flagship project QRANGE, where he is part of a team which develops a modelling framework for Quantum Random Number Generators. He is also a member of the Flagship’s Coordination Office and Germany’s industry representative in the European Quantum Community Network (QCN).

Marc Almendros

Technical Director - Quantum Engineering Solutions (QES), Keysight Technologies

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Marc Almendros is the Technical Director of Keysight’s Quantum Engineering Solutions group (QES), developing electronic solutions for quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing applications. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Science and Technology with a focus on long-distance quantum communications from ICFO/UPC and a MSc/BSc in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from La Salle. Dr. Almendros is the co-founder and the former CEO of Signadyne, a company that spun off from an ion trap research group of ICFO in 2011, at that was acquired by Keysight in 2016. Marc also holds an MBA from ESADE Business School, and has years of experience in startup creation and fundraising, financial and marketing planning, R&D and technology consulting, and general management. Dr. Almendros is the co-author of a dozen scientific papers about trapping and manipulation of single ions for quantum engineering applications, and the co-inventor of two patents around FPGAs, synchronization and real-time technologies.

Itamar Sivan

Co-Founder, and CEO of Quantum Machines (QM)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Itamar Sivan is a quantum physicist and entrepreneur. QM introduces Quantum Orchestration, a powerful platform to accelerate quantum research and development and deliver unprecedented capabilities for reaching new breakthroughs in quantum technologies. Designed for quantum, the platform empowers research and development teams to realize the full potential of any quantum device. With its robust architecture and powerful yet intuitive programming language, QM makes it possible to run even the most advanced experiments and algorithms right out of the box. Dr. Itamar Sivan completed his Ph.D. in the Weizmann Institute of Science, working on quantum electronics and topological quantum states of matter, and did his MS.c thesis at Oxford University, working on cold-atoms systems.

Jan Benhelm

CMO, Zurich Instruments Ltd

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Jan Benhelm is Zurich Instruments' CMO and is responsible for marketing, product management, and application development. He joined the Zurich Instruments marketing and sales team in 2011 as an application scientist, and held numerous positions before being appointed CMO in April 2019. Prior to joining Zurich Instruments, he spent two years at Malik Management Center in St. Gallen, Switzerland. As a management consultant, he developed quantitative HR models with clients and a passion for a systemic management and leadership approach that puts people at the heart of the enterprise. Jan earned a Ph.D. in physics on trapped-ion quantum computing, working in the group of Prof. Rainer Blatt in Innsbruck, Austria.

Stefan Wörner

Global Technical Lead Quantum Finance, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Stefan Woerner is the Global Leader for Quantum Finance & Optimization and a Research Staff Member in the Quantum Technologies group at IBM Research - Zurich. The focus of his research is the development and analysis of quantum algorithms for optimization, simulation and machine learning as well as their practical applications, particularly in finance or supply chain management. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management (ETH Zurich) and his thesis was on Convex Optimization in Supply Chain Management.

Ivano Tavernelli

Technical Leader Quantum Simulations, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr.  Ivano Tavernelli studied Biochemistry (M.Sc., 1991) and then Theoretical Physics (M.Sc., 1996) at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), where he also obtained his Ph.D. His main expertise is the development of classical and quantum methods for applications in quantum chemistry/physics and quantum dynamics. In 2015, he joined the quantum computing team at ZRL working on superconducting qubits architectures. His main focus is in the development of quantum algorithms for the simulation of fermionic systems (correlated electrons in molecules and solids) in both adiabatic and digital quantum computers. At present, he is technical leader of the theoretical quantum computing team at IBM Zurich. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications in international journals and about 100 invited presentations at national and international conferences.

Florian Schreck

Prof. Dr. F.E., University of Amsterdam, iqClock coordinator

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Florian Schreck is exploring ultracold strontium gases for quantum simulation and sensing. His research group has created the first Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of strontium and explores new ways to manipulate ultracold gases, allowing his group to create a BEC by laser cooling or a Sr gas in steady-state close to quantum degeneracy. These results are being exploited by his group to develop a continuous atom laser and a new type of optical clock, a superradiant clock. The two quantum simulation experiments in his group are based on RbSr molecules or individual Sr atoms trapped in arrays of optical tweezers. Florian did his PhD 2002 at the E.N.S. in Paris with Christophe Salomon, a postdoc at UT, Austin, with Mark Raizen and worked as senior scientist in the group of Rudi Grimm at Innsbruck, before becoming full professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2013. He did win an Austrian START award, ERC consolidator grant and NWO Vici grant, and is now coordinator of the Quantum Flagship project iqClock, the Innovative Training Network MoSaiQC, and the Dutch QuSim 2.0 collaboration.

Michael Geiselmann

Managing Director, LIGENTEC SA

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Geiselmann (managing director) joined after his PhD at ICFO the laboratory of Prof. Kippenberg at EPFL in Lausanne, where he advanced frequency comb generation on integrated silicon nitride chips towards applications and was involved in several international research projects. In 2016, he co-founded LIGENTEC and brought the company to the international stage of photonic integration. He is responsible for sales and business development.

Sylvain Karlen

Senior R&D Engineer, CSEM SA

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Sylvain Karlen received a master's degree in Applied Physics from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2014 and a PhD degree in physics from the University of Neuchâtel in 2017 on the subject of atomic vapor cells for chip-scale atomic clocks and other atomic devices. During his PhD studies, he accomplished his research at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and spent 3 months at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. In 2018, he visited the National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado as a guest scientist working on mid-infrared frequency combs and their applications. He is currently working at CSEM as Senior R&D Engineer and is involved in several project on atomic sensors and atomic clocks.

Marc Niklès

Senior VP Single-Photon Systems, ID Quantique

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Marc Nikles has been actively involved in the sensing industry for more than 25 years as a researcher, sales and marketing executive and successful entrepreneur. Prior to joining ID Quantique, he was Meggitt’s Energy division Global Marketing Manager. In 2000, he was the co-founder of Omnisens, a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) which pioneered long distance fibre optic sensing. Omnisens has developed and successfully marketed fibre optic based solutions for the Oil & Gas and Energy industries. For more than 15 years Marc has led the development and growth of the company from start-up to a mature SME, as General Manager, CTO and CEO successively. From 1997 until 2000 he was Program Manager aerospace sensing applications at Vibro-Meter.
He obtained a PhD degree in technical sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in 1997 for his research activities on scattering phenomena in optical fibres and the development of long distance distributed temperature and strain sensing systems.

Jan Goetz

CEO and co-Founder of IQM Finland Oy

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr Jan Goetz is a quantum physicist and co-founder of IQM, building revolutionary quantum computers. In a very short time, IQM has assembled an exceptional team of international quantum experts developing quantum processors and devices to tackle the hardest challenges humanity is facing. IQM has already yielded breakthroughs and gained international attention for their pioneering work. IQM secured a seed round of €11,5 million, the largest in Finnish history. Jan received his PhD on superconducting quantum circuits from TU Munich and continued as a Postdoc in Helsinki at Aalto University, where he holds a title of docent.

Jordi Montserrat

Co-founder and managing partner, Venturelab

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: For the past 25 years Jordi has been active in the high-tech scene, contributing to the development of innovative businesses. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Venturelab , a company dedicated to support swiss based entrepreneurs and startups on their path to build successful world class ventures. He is also co-managing director of Venture Kick - a financing initiative supported by private donors that has invested more than 30 million in seed support across 700+ spin-offs projects, contributing to the creation of 500+ companies cumulating close to 4 billion in fund raising. . Jordi is also active as business angel and board member in start-ups. As entrepreneurship professor, Jordi trains at major Swiss Universities as well as International Programmes.


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Brazil 1
Canada 1
Denmark 3
Finland 1
France 4
Germany 20
Iceland 1
India 1
Ireland 1
Israel 1
Italy 2
Netherlands 5
Poland 1
Romania 1
Spain 2
Switzerland 96
Turkey 2
United Kingdom 10
United States 3
Zimbabwe 1
Total 157