€615 million for Quantum. Proposed, Approved, Action!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

14:30 – 14:45 
An overview of the National Quantum Agenda by Jesse Robbers

14:45 – 15:45
Florian Schreck and Jaya Baloo

15:45- 16:00

Social chat at wonder.me

16:00 – 17:00
Harry Buhrman and Gilles Brassard

17:00 – 17:30

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It was exciting to learn that €615 million is awarded to Quantum Delta NL to accelerate Quantum Technology with the proposal is fully accepted.

But what will they do with this money? What is the plan?

Important questions arise when you have €615 million. What would you develop? Who do you want to be involved with? Where would you go?

Listen to distinguished Quantum experts about the plans of Quantum Delta NL for the coming 7 years in the fields of Quantum sensing, Quantum computing and Quantum Internet. The plans have been made, the budget is approved, next up is ACTION!

The 615 million question will also be answered by speakers who are not involved in the Quantum Delta NL plans. So what would they do? Are they going to join the race towards a 4000 qubit quantum computer or are they going to disrupt the World with something else? Without boundaries, without limitations and with full control.

Quantum.Amsterdam asks various experts to share their vision on the upcoming developments in Quantum Technology:

Florian Schreck (University of Amsterdam)

Prof. Florian Schreck uses ultracold quantum gases to explore quantum physics. After his PhD 2002 at E.N.S. Paris with Christophe Salomon and a postdoc in Austin, TX with Mark Raizen, he joined the group of Rudolf Grimm at IQOQI, Innsbruck in 2004. He founded his own research group in 2008, soon afterwards creating the first quantum gas of strontium.  In 2014 he moved his group to Amsterdam, where he extended his research using an ERC consolidator grant and an NWO Vici grant.

Florian Schreck exploits unique properties of strontium for quantum simulation and computation in two experimental setups. A quantum gas microscope will provide control and detection of quantum gases at the single-atom level, which is ideal for few-qubit applications. Multi-qubit dynamics will be explored in a RbSr molecular quantum gas.

 – Jaya Baloo (Avast)

Jaya Baloo is Avast’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and joined Avast in October 2019. Previously, Ms. Baloo held the position of CISO at KPN, the largest telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she established and lead its security team whose best practices in strategy and policy are today recognized as world leading. Prior to this, Ms. Baloo also held the position of Practice Lead Lawful Interception at Verizon, and worked at France Telecom as a Technical Security Specialist. Ms. Baloo is formally recognized within the list of top 100 CISOs globally and ranks among the top 100 security influencers worldwide. Ms. Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. 

– Harry Buhrman (QuSoft, Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, University of Amsterdam)

Harry Buhrman is professor of algorithms, complexity theory, and quantum computing at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), group leader of the Quantum Computing Group at the Center for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI), and executive director of QuSoft, a research center for quantum software, which he co-founded in 2015. He built the quantum computing group at CWI, which was one of the first groups worldwide and the first in The Netherlands working on quantum information processing. Buhrman’s research focuses on quantum computing, algorithms, and complexity theory. He co-developed the area of quantum communication complexity (distributed computing), and demonstrated for the first time that certain communication tasks can be solved (exponentially) more efficient with quantum resources. 

– Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal)

Gilles Brassard is a faculty member of the Université de Montréal, where he has been a Full Professor since 1988 and Canada Research Chair since 2001. Brassard received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1979, working in the field of cryptography with John Hopcroft as his advisor.

Brassard is best known for his fundamental work in quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, quantum entanglement distillation, and the classical simulation of quantum entanglement. In 1984, together with Charles H. Bennett, he invented the famous BB84 protocol for quantum cryptography, which is now becoming perhaps the first commercialyl viable quantum technology. 

– Jesse Robbers (Quantum Delta NL) 

Jesse Robbers is co-founder and director of Quantum Delta NL, and industry leader in the field of digital infrastructure. With a background at organizations such as KPN, AMS-IX, DINL, QuTech and TNO, and now fully engulfed as board member of Quantum Delta NL, he is the perfect person to ask about the new directions the Quantum Ecosystem will take thanks to the recently-awarded Dutch Groeifonds fund.