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Department of Physics

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Invited Speakers

Charles Marcus is Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and Principal Researcher at Microsoft. He serves as Director of the Center for Quantum Devices (QDev), a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and Director of Station Q Copenhagen. His research areas include condensed matter physics, quantum coherent electronics and qubit implementations, topological states of matter, and quantum computing.

John Martinis is Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara and Research Scientist at Google.  Since 2002 his research effort has focused on building a quantum computer using Josephson junctions. He has pioneered many important demonstrations, including entangled states, Bell state violation, Fock and arbitrary photon generation, photon NOON states, and the quantum von Neumannn and RezQu architecture. In 2014, Dr. Martinis joined Google to head up their quantum-hardware effort. The aim of this research is to build the first useful quantum computer.

Michelle Simmons is a Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, at the University of New South Wales.  She is also the founder of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, Australia’s first quantum computing company and has developed unique technologies world-wide to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale. She is internationally renowned for creating the field of atomic electronics and her team is leading the global race to develop a quantum computer in silicon.  In 2017 she was recognised by the American Computer Museum as a pioneer in quantum computing, awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and was named the 2017 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences. In 2018 Professor Simmons was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of London and named Australian of the Year. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information.

Jacob Taylor joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in December 2017 to help lead the U.S. effort to advance American leadership in quantum information science. While at OSTP, he has overseen the passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act, signed into law on December 21, 2018; helped create the U.S. national strategy for quantum information science published in September, 2018; launched two National Science and Technology Council subcommittees to coordinate quantum-related research and development across the United States; and formed the National Quantum Coordination Office under OSTP’s leadership.

While not on detail to OSTP, Taylor is a NIST Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), co-director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science at the University of Maryland, and a Joint Quantum Institute Fellow. His research group investigates the fundamental limits of quantum devices for computation and communication. 

Jun Ye a Fellow of JILA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is also an adjoint professor in the physics department at the University of Colorado and a guest professor at Jiao Tong and East China Normal Universities, both of which are in Shanghai. His main research interests include ultrasensitive laser spectroscopy, optical frequency metrology, and quantum optics using cold atoms. His group is exploring molecular dynamics using exquisitely sensitive absorption-measurement techniques developed in JILA. They also use high-sensitivity techniques to define ultrastable optical frequency standards, currently being explored for their use in metrology, communications, and high-precision measurements such as in NASA's space-borne interferometers.

Greg Yeric is Director of Future Silicon Technology for Arm Research based in Austin Texas. His work at Arm Research focuses on identifying and planning for disruptive technologies that will augment the slowing of traditional CMOS scaling, commonly known as Moore's Law. He is usually positioned between the fields of technology and design, and works to bring common understanding, both internally to Arm and externally, of problems and opportunities. His focus affords him the opportunity to work with a variety of external groups from industry to academia. He is currently serving on the Microsystems Exploratory Council for the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) at DARPA

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