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Special Session: Quantum Information Science and Engineering

The first four years of the National Quantum Initiative

Room 206, Caesars Forum

Who Should Attend?

  • Everyone

This Special Session, devoted to the National Quantum Initiative (NQI), includes six live talks from the industry, research, education, and government leaders involved in the Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) efforts. Speakers will share their perspectives and vision of QISE in general and NQI in particular and are encouraged to discuss experiences, milestones, results, lessons learned, outlook, and their takes on problems solved and unsolved under the general umbrella of QISE and NQI. Presentations are scheduled for 12 minutes of talk time and three minutes of Q&A.

The last part of the session is a panel including all speakers participating in a moderated Q&A and discussion and including time for questions from the audience.


Tomasz Durakiewicz, National Science Foundation

Speakers and Agenda

This event will feature the following speakers, giving their talks at the following times:

  • 8:00 p.m.: Krysta Svore, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and vice president of quantum software at Microsoft, leading work on the software stack for Microsoft's quantum machine and Azure Quantum cloud platform
  • 8:15 p.m.: John Preskill, California Institute of Technology Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics and director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech
  • 8:30 p.m.: David Awschalom, The University of Chicago Liew Family Professor and vice dean for research of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, as well as a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, founding director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, and director of Q-NEXT, one of the US DOE Quantum Information Science Research Centers
  • 8:45 p.m.: Emily Edwards, executive director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, co-lead on the development of the QIS Key Concepts, and the National Science Foundation-funded Q2Work program facilitating the National Q-12 Education Partnership
  • 9:00 p.m.: Charlie Tahan, White House Office of Science and Technology policy assistant director for quantum information science and the director of the National Quantum Coordination Office within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • 9:15 p.m.: David Wineland, University of Oregon 2012 Nobel Prize laureate for manipulation and measurement of individual quantum systems, Philip H. Knight Distinguished Research Chair and research professor in the department of physics at the University of Oregon, as well as a former group leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 9:30 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A

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