Co-Founder - Zapata Computing

March 19th, 1:00 PM: Quantum Computing Market Workshop

Yudong Cao obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2016 from Purdue University. His thesis was awarded 2016 Chorafas Award in Computer Science and Informatics. From late 2016 till present he serves as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, working with Alan Aspuru-Guzik on quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry and quantum machine learning. Recently, with other Harvard scientists he co-founded a Boston startup Zapata Computing focusing on quantum computing software development.


Director of Research, Envieta Systems

March 20th, 2:50PM: PQE software markets

Roberta Faux is a research scientist with expertise in cryptography, algorithm design, optimization, reverse engineering and emerging technologies. As the Director of Research for Envieta Systems, she orchestrates the development effort on next generation encryption for quantum resistant software and hardware IP. Ms. Faux is an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance Quantum-safe Security Working Group. With 12 years of signals intelligence and cryptanalytic experience for the US Department of Defense, she has experience creating sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques to provide analytic solutions for cyber related problems, often in a high-risk high-payoff environment. She has interacted across the US Intelligence Community, Department of State, US Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy and in supporting the White House Interagency Policy Committee for the Cyber Task Force on Standards and Internet Governance. She regularly publishes papers, gives talks and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado and two executive certificates from MIT.

Consulting Analyst – Inside Quantum Technology

March 20th, 11:55 AM: QKD vs. PQE

Doug Finke is a Consulting Analyst to Inside Quantum Technology. He is also founder of the Quantum Computing Report where he applies his wide breadth of experience to help accelerate the deployment of quantum computing. Doug has been involved in the computer, semiconductor, and storage industry for over 30 years and has helped drive the growth of many new technologies during this period. Doug believes that many of the new technology growth patterns he has seen within the computer industry will reoccur as the quantum technology field evolves.

Doug has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the startup company, IntelliSense, where he helped sell the company at a valuation of $750 million. As Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at the semiconductor startup ChipWrights, Doug also helped raise $25 million in venture capital funding. Other important firms for whom Doug has worked include Intel, IBM, Standard Microsystems and HGST/Western Digital. Doug holds degrees in computer engineering and management from the University of Illinois and MIT respectively.

Dr. Mark
Scientific Lead - Business Development - Cambridge Quantum Computing

March 20th, 11:05 AM: Quantum encryption market overview – is the threat real?

Dr. Mark Jackson received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University. He then spent 10 years researching superstring theory and cosmology, co-authoring almost 40 technical articles. To promote the public understanding of science, he founded the science crowdfunding platform Fiat Physica and non-profit Science Partnership Fund. He is Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University and a Director of the BoldlyGo Institute.

VP of Sales & Business Development, Isara

March 20th, 11:05 AM: Quantum encryption market overview – is the threat real?
March 20th, 2:50 PM: PQE software markets

Paul recognizes the importance of robust cybersecurity as a strategic enabler in today’s digital world. In 2016, he joined ISARA Corporation, the leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, to manage sales, marketing and business development.
Paul draws on over 20 years’ experience working in ICT and cybersecurity. Before joining ISARA, he spent 14 years with BlackBerry in several senior leadership roles, including VP of Global Government Sales and Managing Director of Northern Europe.
He played a crucial role in leading international growth by successfully launching new overseas entities in Europe, Africa, Russia and the Middle East. Whether it’s leading a sales team, managing explosive growth or overseeing operational P&L, Paul has always relied on his exceptional relationship building and networking skills to create partnerships and drive revenue. Paul holds degrees in Communications from the University of Windsor and Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Bra-Ket Science

March 21st, 2:00 PM: QKD components – quantum repeaters and quantum memories