Simon Devitt is currently a senior research scientist in the center for emergent matter sciences at the Japanese national laboratories, Riken. Completing his Ph.D in 2007 from the University of Melbourne, Australia, he has held positions at the Japanese National Institute of Informatics, Ochanomizu University and Keio University. As one of the world leaders in quantum architecture development, Dr. Devitt has invented key quantum computing architectures in atom-optics, diamond and ion trap systems. Dr. Devitt has also been the inventor of three separate quantum communications designs, 2nd and 3rd generation repeaters and the quantum sneakernet. In recent years, Dr. Devitt has pioneered the the design of programming, compilation and optimisation of large-scale quantum technology. Having released some of the only software compilers for actual quantum computing systems under experimental development, Dr. Devitt now collaborates widely with both academic and industrial researchers. Dr. Devitt has published over 80 papers in world class physics, computer-science and engineering journals and given scores of talks at conferences, universities and companies worldwide. He is regularly featured in the popular press commenting on major achievements in quantum technology.
Dr. Jared Cole is currently an Associate Professor of Physics at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Cole completed his Ph.D in 2006 from the University of Melbourne. Following a brief stint as a research associate in the Australian Research Council Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, in 2007 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to the Institut für Festkörperphysik in Karlsruhe Germany. In 2011 he returned to Australia as an RMIT Senior Vice-chancellor's Fellow where he founded the theoretical chemical and quantum physics research group. Dr. Cole has worked on a broad range of topics in quantum physics and condensed matter physics. These include quantum characterisation and control, decoherence and measurement theory and the computational modelling of superconducting and semiconductor quantum devices. He specialises in using mathematical and computational models to describe the design and operation of quantum computing and quantum electronic devices. Having both studied and worked in electronic engineering before coming to theoretical physics, Dr. Cole has a long track-record of working closely with experimental groups all over the world to model all the messy realities of developing quantum technologies.
Professor Schwab received a BA in physics in 1990 from the University of Chicago and worked with Prof. Dick Packard at the University of California, Berkeley during his Ph.D, which was awarded in 1996. After his Ph.D, Professor schwab spent the next four years at Caltech as the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Post Doctral Scholar. In 2000, Prof. Schwab joined the National Security Agency forming one of the first research groups investigating the applications of active quantum effects in technological devices, working on quantum metrology, quantum nano-mechanics and superconducting qubits. After he left the NSA in 2006, Prof. Schwab joined the faculty of Cornell University and in 2009 accepted the position of Associate Professor of applied physics at Caltech, where he is now currently a full professor of applied physics. Prof. Schwab is considered one of the worlds best experimental quantum physicists and one of the pioneers of quantum technology. He has published numerous experimental papers in the most prestigious international journals, has given over 50 invited talks at international conferences and workshops and has extensive experience in academia, government and industry.