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Quantum Australia Conference and Careers Fair is a not-to-be-missed three-day event.  It brings together world-leading quantum researchers, businesses, government decision-makers, startups, and big tech to share developments and ideas. The program includes presentations from quantum technology leaders, panel discussions, poster sessions, networking drinks and conference dinner.

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20 February 2024

Winx Stand, Royal Randwick

Please note program may be subject to change

9.00 am

Careers Fair Registration Opens


Careers Fair Offical Opening

9.30 am

Panel - Finding a Career In Quantum

Andrew Doherty (chair) - Professor, University of Sydney 

Amanda Seedhouse - Postdoctoral Researcher, Diraq

Giuseppina Dall'Armi-Stoks - Research Leader Electro Optics Sensing and Electromagnetic Warfare, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG)

Byron Villis - Quantum Measurement Engineer, Archer Materials

Chris Vale - Director, Quantum Future Science Platform, CSIRO Manufacturing

10.30 am

Careers Fair with Exhibitor Booths (Meet with Employers, Education, Training and Quantum Research Organisations)

11.45 am

Careers Fair Finishes/Conference Registration Opens

12.00 pm

Conference Lunch & Poster Viewing

1.00 pm

Welcome to Country and Opening 

1.30 pm

Panel - Australia's Place In The Global Quantum Economy and Strategic International Partnerships 

Michelle Simmons (chair) - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Quantum Computing

Dimitri Kusnezov - Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Cathy Foley - Australia’s Chief Scientist

Roger McKinlay - Challenge Director - Quantum, UK Research and Innovation

Tadashi Sakai - R&D Manager, Q-LEAP Quantum Metrology and Sensing, Specially Appointed Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Presentation: The role ASCA is playing to support Defence Quantum technologies

Emily Hilder - Head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), Defence Science and Technology Group

2.45 pm

Panel - Near-Term Applications and Opportunities in Quantum Sensing

Brant Gibson (chair) - Assistant Associate Dean (Physics), RMIT University; Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics; Deputy Director, Sir Lawrence Wackett Defence & Aerospace Centre

Andrew Seedhouse - Chief of Cyber Intelligence and National Security Divisions, Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence 

Emma Mitchell - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO 

Chris Wood - Chief Technology Officer, Infleqtion 

David Simpson - Associate Professor of Physics, ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology, Co-Founder of FeBI Technologies, Chromos Laboratories and Phasor Quantum

3.45 pm

Afternoon Tea and Poster Viewing 

4.15 pm

Keynote Presentation - Born again: lessons gleaned  from the academic - industry transition

Andre Luiten, Managing Director, QuantX Pty Ltd

5.00 pm

Presentation - Translating across the valley of death

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Professor, The University of Queensland; Director of Translational Research Program, ARC CoE for Engineered Quantum Systems; Deputy Director of ARC CoE for Quantum Biotechnology

5.30 pm

Closing Remarks

5.45 pm

Welcome Drinks Function (Level 1, Open-Air Rooftop)

Proudly sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Group

21 February 2024

Winx Stand, Royal Randwick

Please note program may be subject to change

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee 

9.00 am

Day Two Opening


Ministerial Keynote: Delivering on Australia’s Quantum Ambition

The Hon Ed Husic MP - Minister for Industry and Science

9.30 am

Panel - Investing for Commercialisation 

Bill Bartee (chair) - Co-founder and Managing Director, Main Sequence

Christophe Jurczak - Partner, Quantonation

Kerrie Jackson - Head of Business Development, Nomad Atomics

Tom Stace - Chief Executive Officer, Analog Quantum Circuits

Hugh Durrant-Whyte - NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

10.30 am

Presentation - The UK National Quantum Technology Programme: Exploiting Great Science for Economic and Societal Value

Peter Knight, Chair, Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory; Chair, National (UK) Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board

11.00 am

Morning Tea 

11.30 am

Keynote Presentation - From idea to innovation: The Bluefors story

David Gunnarsson, Chief Technology Officer, Principal Scientist at Bluefors

12.15 pm

Presentation - Quantum Computing Beyond Circuits with Triple Alpha

Si-Hui Tan - Chief Science Officer, Horizon Quantum Computing

12.45 pm

Lunch and Poster Viewing 

1.45 pm

Presentation - How quantum infrastructure software is making quantum technology useful for enterprise and defence

Michael Biercuk, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Q-CTRL

2.15 pm

Panel - Responsible Innovation and the Role of Standards

Nathan Langford (chair) - Associate Professor School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UTS

Mary Jacquiline Romero - Reader (Associate Professor), University of Queensland

Mark Bowden - Manager, Critical Technology Standards Section, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Claire Ripley - Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Standards Australia

Barbara Goldstein - Associate Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory; Program Manager, NIST on a Chip; National Institute of Standards and Technology

3.15 pm

Afternoon Tea and Poster Viewing 


Panel Introduction: NEC 

Ayala Domani - Vice President Technology and Innovation, NEC

Murray Thom -  Vice President, D-Wave

4.15 pm

Panel - Enabling Infrastructure for Quantum Industry Success and Market 


Elanor Huntington (chair) - Executive Director-Digital, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO

Nadia Court – Director, Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B)

Jane Fitzpatrick - Chief Executive Officer, Australian National Fabrication Facility

Mark Stickells - Chief Executive Officer, Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre

Dieter Kranzlmueller - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)

of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

5.15 pm

Presentation - Update from the Australian Quantum Software Network

5.25 pm

Closing Remarks

5.45 pm

Conference Dinner (South Room)

Proudly sponsored by NEC

22 February 2024

Winx Stand, Royal Randwick

Please note program may be subject to change

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee 

8.45 am

Day Three Opening 

9.00 am

Panel - Near-Term Quantum Computing Applications

Michael Bremner (chair) - Professor; Director, Centre for Quantum Software and Information, University of Technology Sydney

Joseph Emerson - Director of Quantum Strategy, Keysight Technologies Inc.

Kavan Modi - Professor, Monash University; Director, Quantum for NSW

Marika Kieferova - Senior Lecturer, UTS; Research Scientist Google Quantum AI

Aarthi Sundaram (online panellist) - Senior Researcher, Microsoft Quantum

10.00 am

Keynote Presentation - Scalable & Fault-Tolerant Quantum Technologies with Silicon Colour Centres

Stephanie Simmons, Founder & Chief Quantum Officer, Photonic Inc.; Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

10.45 am

Morning Tea 

11.15 am

Panel - Quantum Blockchain and Security - Challenges and Opportunities for the Finance Sector

Anastasia Marchenkova (chair) - Quantum Physicist, Bleximo

Gavin Brennen - Professor, Macquarie University; Quantum Information Advisor, BTQ Technologies

Sushmita Ruj - Faculty of Engineering Lead, UNSW Institute for Cybersecurity, IFCYBER Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Rizwan Mahmood - Founder & CTO, GuardWare

12.15 pm

Pitch Your Research Session I

12.45 pm

Lunch and Poster Viewing 

1.45 pm

Pitch Your Research Session II 

2.15 pm

Presentation - Quokka: Quantum Computing in the Palm of Your Hand

Chris Ferrie, Co-Founder, Eigensystems

2.45 pm

Panel - Quantum Literacy - Skilling Up Business and Preparing for Community Adoption

Andrea Morello (chair) - Scientia Professor of Quantum Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, UNSW Sydney

Peter Wiseman - Principal, Nous Group

Jingbo Wang – Professor and QUISA Director, The University of Western Australia

Derek Muller - Creator of Veritasium 

Olivia Lanes (online panellist) - Lead for Quantum Educational and Learning, IBM Quantum  

3.45 pm

Afternoon Tea and Poster Viewing 

4.15 pm

Presentation - The world’s first quantum error correction chip

Steve Brierley - CEO & Founder, Riverlane

4.45 pm

Presentation - How customers and partners are working with AWS to deliver quantum computing in the cloud

Michael Brett - Worldwide Go-To-Market Strategy Lead for Quantum Technologies, Amazon Web Services

5.15 pm

Closing of Conference 


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