The third annual Chicago Quantum Summit, hosted virtually by the University of Chicago, capitalized on the momentum of efforts across the quantum community, including the recently announced launch of US national quantum research centers and key partnerships with academia, industry, and others. With a focus on building collaborations between national centers, companies, and innovators, experts discussed the future of quantum information science and technology, developing a quantum workforce, and the applications of emerging QIS research.

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Wednesday, November 11

Summit Agenda

Time Event Speakers
11 AM Opening Remarks Robert J. Zimmer, President, University of Chicago
11:05 AM Welcome David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor in Spintronics and Quantum Information and Deputy Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago; Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange; Director, DOE QIS Q-NEXT, Argonne National Laboratory
11:15 AM Quantum Information Science: an Innovation Strategy Harriet Kung, Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
11:45 AM

From a Grain of Sand to a |Quantum⟩ Bit of Information

James Clarke, Director of Quantum Hardware, Intel
12:15 PM Break  
12:30 PM

Federal Centers and Institutes Panel

Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center: Advancing High Coherence Superconducting Systems
Anna Grassellino, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Fermilab; Director, DOE QIS Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, Fermilab

 

Q-SEnSE: Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering
Jun Ye, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Fellow of JILA and Professor Adjoint, JILA and Dept. of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder; Director, NSF QLCI Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE), University of Colorado at Boulder

A Brief Overview of the Quantum Science Center: Quantum Topology, Computing, and Sensors
David Dean, Director, DOE QIS Quantum Science Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation (CIQC)
Dan Stamper-Kurn, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley; Materials Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Director, NSF Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation, University of California, Berkeley

Moderated Q&A
Moderator: Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

1:30 PM

Daytime Program Concludes

 

Moderator: Supratik Guha, Senior Scientist/Senior Advisor to Argonne Physical Sciences & Engineering; Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago



Thursday, November 12

Summit Agenda

Time Event Speakers
11 AM

Strengthening Quantum Research at Speed and Scale

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation
11:30 AM

Quantum Information Science at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Grace Metcalfe, Program Officer, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
12:00 PM Federal Centers and Institutes Panel Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks
Brian DeMarco, Professor of Physics and Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Physics, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Director, NSF Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

The Quantum Systems Accelerator
Irfan Siddiqi, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Director, DOE QIS Quantum Systems Accelerator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

C2QA: Building the Bridge to the Post-NISQ Era
Steven Girvin, Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, Yale University; Director, DOE QIS Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Q-NEXT: Engineering Entanglement for Computation, Communication and Sensing
David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor and Deputy Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago; Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange; and Director, DOE QIS Q-NEXT, Argonne National Laboratory

Moderated Q&A
Moderator: Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

1:00 PM

Fireside Chat: The Impact of Quantum Research

J.B. Pritzker
Governor of Illinois

 

Juan de Pablo
Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives
University of Chicago

1:30 PM Daytime Program Concludes  
5:00 PM

Chicago Quantum Summit 2020 Public Event

Quantum Computing: Fact v. Fiction

Keynote Talk
Scott Aaronson, David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin; Founding Director, Quantum Information Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Fireside Chat
Scott Aaronson, David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin; Founding Director, Quantum Information Center, The University of Texas at Austin

David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor and Deputy Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago; Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange; and Director, DOE QIS Q-NEXT, Argonne National Laboratory

Moderator
Sophia Chen, Science Journalist

Moderator: Dale Van Harlingen, Donald Biggar Willett Professor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Friday, November 13

Summit Agenda

Time Event Speakers
11 AM Welcome David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor in Spintronics and Quantum Information and Deputy Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago; Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange; Director, DOE QIS Q-NEXT, Argonne National Laboratory
11:05 AM Illinois: The Future of Quantum Information Science Penny Pritzker, Founder and Chairman, PSP Partners, Pritzker Realty Group, PSP Capital and PSP Growth; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
11:35 AM Insights from Investing in Quantum Computing and Other DeepTech Startups Marc Singer, Managing Partner, Osage University Partners
12:05 PM

Break

 
12:15 PM Startup Panel

Christopher Monroe, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder, IonQ

Christopher Savoie, CEO & Founder, Zapata Computing

Jennifer Elliott, VP Business Development and Co-Founder, QEYnet

Moderated Q&A
Moderator: Pranav Gokhale, Founder, Super.tech

1:15 PM

Daytime Program Concludes

 

Moderator: Danna Freedman, Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University