Practical Quantum Computing:


Daily Schedule

December 9: 3 PM to 6 PM | Registration Open

Day 1

December 10, 2019 


This educational day is ideal for business professionals with limited or no understanding of quantum computing. The objective of this bootcamp day is to provide a high level overview of quantum computing and its use cases, potential industry impact, time horizon, and market size.

7:30 AM - 8:55AM | Registration Opens - Breakfast

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome

Matt Johnson
QC Ware Corp.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Introduction to quantum computing

William Oliver
Associate Professor of EECS, Professor of the Practice of Physics, Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, Associate Director of the RLE

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Market overview

Bob Sorensen
Vice President of Research and Technology, HPC

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | The business potential of quantum computing - When and how to play

Philipp Gerbert
Senior Partner and Managing Director


Matt Langione
Project Leader

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Networking Break - Refreshments and Snacks

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Impact, applications, and recommendations for the chemicals industry

Daniel Volz
Senior Management Consultant Chemicals and Quantum Computing

McKinsey & Company

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Quantum algorithms landscape

Adam Bouland
Advisor – Quantum Algorithms Research
QC Ware Corp.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM | Quantum machine learning review

Iordanis Kerenidis
Head of Quantum Algorithms – International
QC Ware Corp.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Quantum computing success stories and engagement methodology

Yianni Gamvros
Head of Business Development
QC Ware Corp.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | IBM Quantum Applications Outlook

Katie Pizzolato
Director, IBM Quantum Strategy and Client Research

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Achieving quantum impact with partners and customers

Ben Porter
Director, Business Development for Microsoft Quantum

Elisa Anzano
Startup Lead, Microsoft Quantum Network

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Quantum Applications Development at Google

Ryan Babbush
Head of Quantum Algorithms

End of Day 1

Day 2

December 11, 2019 

Main Day

Major announcements, new offerings, and thought leadership by hardware vendors. US government presentations and panel discussion. Happy hour and networking.

7:00 AM - 8:40AM | Registration Opens - Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM | Welcome

Matt Johnson

QC Ware Corp.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM | What's Next After Quantum Supremacy?

John Preskill
Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Quantum Information Science at AFRL

Dr. Michael Hayduk
Deputy Director, Information Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor

John Martinis
Chief Scientist, Quantum Hardware


10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Networking Break - Refreshments and Snacks

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | IBM's Hardware-focused collaborative Quantum network

Anthony Annunziata
IBM Q Network Global Lead


11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Experiencing Quantum impact with Microsoft today

Julie Love
Senior Director, Quantum Computing at Microsoft

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Shaping the future of quantum computing

Tony Uttley
Honeywell Quantum Solutions

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Full-stack quantum with superconducting qubits

Chad Rigetti


2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | Photonic Quantum Computers: Using light to solve real-world problems in the near term

Zachary Vernon
Head of Hardware

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Quantum Computer Buyer's Guide

Peter Chapman


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM | Networking Break - Refreshments and Snacks

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM | Practical Quantum Computing

Mark Johnson
Vice President, Processor Development and Quantum Products
D-Wave Systems

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM | Emerging Players

The Fast Lane to Quantum Advantage with True-Q Technology


Joseph Emerson
CEO and Chief Scientist
Quantum Benchmark Inc.

Road ahead towards programming and running useful quantum algorithms


Dr. Itamar Sivan
Co-Founder & CEO of Quantum Machines
Quantum Machines

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM | US Government Representatives: Panel Discussion

Joseph Broz (Moderator)
Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium, and VP Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International


Carl Williams
Acting Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory Fellow, Joint Quantum Institute and QuICS

Rupak Biswas
Director, Exploration Technology Directorate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jalal Mapar
Sr. Advisor for Future Technologies
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Geetha Senthil
Program Director
National Institute of Health

William Vanderlinde, PhD
Acting Director, Advanced Computing Technology Division Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Department of Energy

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Happy Hour and Networking

End of Day 2

Day 3

December 12, 2019 

Applications and Research

The latest developments in applications, research, and software. Specialized talks on Optimization, Machine Learning, and Chemistry Simulation. Discussions among industry leaders in Finance, Aerospace, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, and Materials.

7:00 AM - 8:40 AM | Registration Opens - Breakfast

8:40 AM - 8:45 AM | Welcome

Matt Johnson
QC Ware Corp.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM | Computational probes of Hilbert Space

Umesh Vazirani
Roger A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Director, Berkeley Quantum Computation Center, University of California  Berkley

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Benchmarking Experiments on IBM’s 20-Qubit Poughkeepsie

Daniel Koch
Research Postdoc
Air Force Research Laboratory

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | International Government Panel

Christophe Jurczak
General Partner

Tommaso Calarco
Director of the Institute of Quantum Control, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Chair of the Quantum Flagship Community Network
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Freeke Heijman
Director strategic development at QuTech in Delft and special advisor to the Minister of
Economic Affairs and Climate Policy on Quantum Technologies

 Ichiro Hashimoto
Consul (Science and Technology Attaché), Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Networking Break - Refreshments and Snacks

Optimization Research – Regency Ballroom

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Towards quantum heuristics for robust network design and aerospace applications

Stuart Hadfield
Associate Scientist, USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, NASA Quantum AI Lab (QuAIL)

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Quantum speedup of branch-and-bound algorithms

Ashley Montanaro
Reader in Quantum Computation, University of Bristol
Co-founder, PhaseCraft

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Option Pricing using Quantum Computers

Nikitas Stamatopoulos
Vice President – Quantitative Research/Quantum Computing
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

12:15 - 13:45 | Lunch

Optimization Applications – Regency Ballroom

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM | Finance Industry Panel

Richard Waters – Moderator
West Coast Editor

Financial Times

Ning Shen
Managing Director, Quantitative Research
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Paul Burchard
Head of Research in R&D and Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Bill Hartnett
Managing Director

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM | Aerospace Industry Panel

Emil Protalinski – Moderator
News Editor
Venture Beat

John (Jay) Lowell
Chief Engineer, Senior Technical Fellow Disruptive Computing & Networks

Thomas Ohki
Quantum Engineering and Computing
Group Leader
Raytheon BBN Technologies

Steve Adachi, Ph.D.
Lockheed Martin Fellow, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin 

Marc Fischer
Senior Vice President, Head of Flight Physics Centre of Competence

Machine Learning Research – Gold

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Quantum Convolutional Neural Networks

Iris Cong
Graduate Student

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Tensor Networks

Guifre Vidal
Senior Staff Researcher Scientist
X, The Moonshot Factory

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Applications and training of quantum generative models

Xiaodi Wu
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QulCS)
University of Maryland, College Park

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch

Machine Learning Applications – Gold

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Machine Learning on near-term quantum computers

Yudong Cao
Co-founder and CTO
Zapata Computing

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | Quantum Machine Learning and Quantum Advantage in the Financial Sector

Mattia Fiorentini
Head of Machine Learning and Quantum Algorithms
Cambridge Quantum Computing

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Automotive Industry Panel

Jonathan Vanian – Moderator
Fortune Magazine

Oliver Wick
Open Innovation / Technology Scouting – Quantum Computing Lead
BMW Group

Dr. Florian Neukart
Director, Advanced Technologies and IT Innovation

Takanori Ide
Chief Researcher/Quantum Computing


Chemistry Simulation Research – Crystal

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Using as Little Quantum Computing as Possible for Quantum Chemistry

Bill Huggins
Graduate student
UC Berkeley

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Resource Efficient Ansatz for Quantum Variational Algorithms

Linghua Zhu
Postdoctoral Researcher
Virginia Tech

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | TBD

Edward Hohenstein
Senior Staff Scientist
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch

Chemistry Simulation Applications – Crystal

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM | Pharmaceuticals and Life-Sciences Industry Panel

Alex Knapp – Moderator
Associate Editor for Science

Christian Baber
Head of Scientific Informatics
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Ross Walker
Global Head of Scientific Computing

Xinjun Hou
Director, Computational Chemistry

2:30 - 3:15 | Material Design Industry Panel

Dr. Celia Merzbacher – Moderator
Associate Director
Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Yu-ya Ohnishi
Deputy General Manager, Materials Informatics Initiative

Robert Ashcraft
Sr. Manager – Open Innovation and Strategy

Robert Visser
Managing  Director, Advanced Chemistry and Materials
Advanced Technology Group
Applied Materials, Inc.

Jose Gamez
Multiscale Material Simulation Expert

Software & Applications – Atherton

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Qiskit Open Pulse: Building quantum applications from the ground up

Nate Earnest-Noble
Quantum Computing Applications Researcher

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Quantum Solutions Today

Helmut Katzgraber
Director, Quantum-Inspired Solutions & Senior Principal Research Manager

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Solving large problems with small quantum computers

Mike Foss-Feig
Principle Theoretical Physicist

Honeywell Quantum Solution

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch

Software & Applications – Atherton

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Applications of Quantum Supremacy

Alan Ho
Head of Product and Business Development

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | From queues to qubits: compiling classical code for quantum processors

Joe Fitzsimons
Horizon Quantum Computing

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Computing with the TensorNetwork Library

Stefan Leichenauer
Research Scientist
X, the Moonshot Factory


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM | Networking Break - Refreshments and Snacks

~All Tracks return to main sessions~

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM | Ask Me Anything with a Quantum Computing Superhero

Jessica Pointing – Moderator
Stanford University


Scott Aaronson
David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Quantum Information Center, University of Texas at Austin
Chief Scientific Advisor, QC Ware Corp.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM | Conference Wrap-Up

Matt Johnson
QC Ware Corp.

End of Practical Quantum Computing