SPIE Quantum West virtual event announces program lineup

Feb. 3, 2021
Organized in partnership with the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), the first SPIE Quantum West will be held online during the SPIE Photonics West Digital Forum.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics (Bellingham, WA), announces the program for its inaugural industry-focused SPIE Quantum West conference set to take place March 6-11, 2021. Organized in partnership with the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), Quantum West will be held online during the SPIE Photonics West Digital Forum.

Attendance at Quantum West is free to all registered participants of SPIE Photonics West, but registration is required.

The four sessions will provide a wide range of opportunities to learn more about the role of photonics in the development of quantum technology as quantum moves from research and development to engineering products for the commercial marketplace, while building mainstream infrastructures and supply chains. Speakers topics include Quantum Technology as an Enabler, Photonics' Roles in Superconducting Quantum Computing, and Building an Industry: Lessons Learned from a Half-Century of Growth in the Photonics Industry. The four-day event, co-hosted by QED-C Deputy Director Celia Merzbacher and ColdQuanta Executive Chairman and DRS Daylight Solutions Senior Vice President Tim Day, will also include a market report from the Boston Consulting Group.

The international slate of speakers includes:

  • Imperial College Londons Peter Knight, who is also a member of the UKs Quantum Technology Strategic Advisory Board
  • Andrew Lord, who heads British Telecom's optical core, access, and quantum research
  • Google Product Manager Eric Ostby
  • Toptica Photonics co-founder and CTO Wilhelm G. Kaenders; 
  • Kaitlin R. Moore, a research physicist and principal investigator with SRI International 
  • Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, senior director of quantum architecture at PsiQuantum

A panel discussion on the final day featuring Topticas Mark Tolbert, IBMs Jason Orcutt, Anchored Ins Anke Lohman, and Hamamatsus Klea Dhimitri, and moderated by Tim Day, will explore the future of photonics and quantum (2021 and Beyond), the challenges of developing a new market, and how photonics will support that.

To find out more about Quantum West and to register for the event, please visit the SPIE Quantum West page.

Source: SPIE press release – February 2, 2021

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