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THE PROGRAM

Quantum Australia is a not-to-be-missed three-day event hosted in the heart of Sydney’s CBD at the prestigious Sheraton on the Park and livestreamed online.  It brings together world-leading quantum researchers, businesses, government decision-makers, startups, and big tech to share developments and ideas.

A Careers Fair will also showcase quantum careers and connect potential employers with Australia's in-demand emerging talent.

The event will explore the theme 'Building the foundations for a quantum economy' with a range of panels and presentations. Panel topics include:

  • Cyber security in the quantum age
  • Will quantum chemistry be the first to achieve useful quantum computational advantage?
  • Bridging the research to commercialisation gap
  • What will it take to build a fully functional quantum software stack?  
  • The race to fault tolerant quantum computing hardware
  • The role of government in quantum ecosystem development
  • Quantum technologies and sustainability
  • The skills needed to succeed in quantum

Speakers and panellists will be joining in-person and virtually (v). See below for an outline of the program with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

21 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

Please note program may be subject to change

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Welcome to Country and Opening

9.30 am

Panel: State of the Nation

Bronwyn Fox, Chief Scientist, CSIRO; 

Kate Pounder, CEO, Tech Council of Australia; 

Peter Turner, CEO, Sydney Quantum Academy; 

Judi Zielke PSM, CEO, Australian Research Council;

Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

10.30 am

Presentation

11.00 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.30 am

TBA

11.50am

Keynote Presentation

Cathy Foley, Australia's Chief Scientist

12.30 pm

Presentation

Warwick Bowen, Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, the University of Queensland; and Chief Investigator, the ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems

1.00 pm

Lunch, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

1.45 pm

Panel: The role of government in quantum ecosystem development

Michael J. Biercuk, CEO, Q-CTRL;

Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer; 

Kavan Modi, Director, Centre for Quantum Technology, Transport for New South Wales;

Tanya Monro AC, FAA, FTSE, FOSA, FAIP, Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence;

Camille DeBurgh, General Manager, Technology Policy and Engagement in the Technology and National Security Division within the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (Panel Chair)

2.45 pm

Presentation

Barry C Sanders, Professor, University of Calgary

3.15 pm

Afternoon Tea, Networking, Poster Session (in-person only), Quantum Q&A

4.30 pm

Panel: Quantum technologies and sustainability

Alexia Auffèves, Research Director, Head of the CNRS International Research Lab MajuLab, Singapore (V);  

Alex Hamilton, Deputy Director, Australian Research Council Centre for Future Low Energy Electronics (FLEET); 

Elanor Huntington, Executive Director-Digital, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO; 

Christian Weedbrook, CEO & Founder, Xanadu Quantum Technologies;  

John Bartholomew, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney (Panel Chair)
 

5.30 pm

Closing Remarks

5.45 pm

Welcome Cocktail Party (in person only)

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

22 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Day Two Opening

9.15 am

Panel: What will it take to build a fully functional quantum software stack?  

Andrew Doherty, Professor, School of Physics, University of Sydney;

Mark Hodson, Software Engineering Director, Rigetti Computing; 

Jingbo Wang, Professor and Head of Physics Department, The University of Western Australia;

Ilana Wisby, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Quantum Circuits (V);

Michael Bremner, Director of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information, University of Technology Sydney (Panel Chair)    

10.15 am

Presentation

Kate Weber, Interim Global Lead for Emerging Technologies Policy, Google (V)

10.45 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.15 am

Panel: Cyber security in the quantum age

Alexey Bocharnikov, APAC Quantum Technology Leader, EY;

Lily Lidong Chen, Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (V);

Julian Fay, Chief Technology Officer, Senetas;

Peter Rohde, Senior Lecturer, UTS;

Gavin Brennan, Professor, Macquarie University (Panel Chair)    

12.15 pm

Fireside Chat: Industry-led quantum initiatives

Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) SRI International (V); and

Vikram Sharma, Founder & CEO, QuintessenceLabs

12.45 pm

Lunch, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

1.30 pm

Presentation

2.00 pm

Keynote Presentation

Jeremy O'Brien, Co-founder & CEO, PsiQuantum

2.45 pm

Afternoon Tea, Networking, Poster Session (in-person only), Quantum Q&A

4.00 pm

Panel: Will quantum chemistry be the first to achieve useful quantum computational advantage?

Jared Cole, Professor of Physics, RMIT University;

Pedro C.S. Costa, Research Fellow, Macquarie University;

Nicole Holzmann, Manager, Quantum Science, Riverlane (V);

Ivan Kassal, Associate Professor, University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

with more panellists to be announced

5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

6.30 pm

Gala Dinner (in person only)

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

23 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Day Three Opening

9.15 am

Panel: The race to fault tolerant quantum computing hardware

Arkady Fedorov, Assoc Prof, University of Queensland; Chief Scientific Officer, Analog Quantum Circuits;

Yasunobu Nakamura, Director, RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing and Professor, The University of Tokyo (V);

David Reilly, Partner Architect, Microsoft Quantum;

Michelle Simmons, Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, Founder and Director, Silicon Quantum Computing;

Xanthe Croot, Lecturer, University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

10.15 am

Keynote Presentation

Andrew Dzurak, CEO & Founder, Diraq

11.00 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.30 am

Panel: Australia’s strengths in quantum sensing

Panellists to be announced soon

12.00 pm

Panel: Bridging the research to commercialisation gap

Panellists to be announced soon

1.00 pm

Closing of Conference

1.15 pm

Closing Lunch (conference delegates only)

2.00 pm

CAREER FAIR BEGINS - Registration + Poster Session (in-person only)

2.30 pm

Careers Fair Opening

2.45 pm

Careers Fair Panel - The skills needed to succeed in quantum

Panellists to be announced soon

3.30 pm

Careers Fair Panel - Quantum Careers: Academia vs Industry

Alexandra Dickie, Test and Equipment Engineer, Diraq;

Anna Phan, Asia Pacific Partner Lead, IBM Quantum;

Muhammad Usman, Team Leader Quantum Systems, Data61/CSIRO;

Maja Cassidy, Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer, UNSW (Panel Chair)

4.15 pm

Afternoon Tea, Poster Session (in-person only), Employer Booths (online and in-person)

5.30 pm

Careers Fair Concludes

 

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