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Quantum West: Applications and the Role of Photonics in Networks and Communications
icon_in-person.svgIn person: 26 January 2022 • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST | Quantum Hub Stage, Hall A Lobby (Exhibit Level) 

1:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session Chair:
Anke Lohmann
Anke Lohmann
Co-Founder and Director
Anchored In (United Kingdom)
Anke Lohmann has been involved in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme since its start. She was tasked to set up the Quantum Technologies Special Interest Group in 2014 to bring companies to the programme. She has maintained strong links to the programme and, in particular, focuses on translating the technology into commercial applications. Anke sits on several steering groups and chairs advisory boards.


1:15 PM
IOWN in the Quantum World

Bill Munro
Bill Munro
Basic Research Laboratories
NTT (Japan)
IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Networks) are a future communication infrastructure that utilizes the most advanced optical and information processing technologies to realize tomorrow’s smart world. It involves three key components: ‘all-photonic networking’, ‘digital twin computing’ and ‘cognitive foundation’, which are all tightly integrated together. This infrastructure will naturally support quantum processing technologies including quantum key distribution, quantum repeaters & networks, quantum random number generators, quantum sensing networks and photonic quantum computers. In this talk I would present an overview of IOWN and how quantum technologies can be seamlessly integrated into it, significantly enhancing it abilities.

Bill Munro is currently the director of NTT’s research center for theoretical quantum physics and one of its senior quantum technologists. Having spent more than twenty years in industry, he is an expert in the design of quantum technologies – especially those involving quantum communication and computer systems.

1:25 PM
Quantum Networks in the US

Duncan Earl
Duncan Earl
Qubitekk (United States)
Quantum networks are fiber optic and free space networks that enable the transmission and teleportation of quantum states. These networks provide a means for scaling and hybridizing quantum computing solutions. Much activity is underway in the US, funded by the National Quantum Initiative Act, to define and deploy these critical networks. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the leading architectures for quantum networks along with a review of current quantum network deployments in the United States.

Duncan Earl is the President and CTO of Qubitekk – a quantum components manufacturer in the United States. Before co-founding Qubitekk, he spent 18 years working as a research scientist in the Quantum Information Sciences group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current focus is on the development of commercial quantum networks.

1:35 PM
Recent Quantum Key Distribution Deployments in UK and Europe from an Industrial Perspective

Mirko Pittaluga
Mirko Pittaluga
Research Scientist
Toshiba Europe (United Kingdom)
Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a promising technology for securing future communications. Over the past thirty years, QKD developed from a theoretical idea to a mature technology that can provide Mbit/s key rates and that can be established over several hundred (up to a few thousand) of kilometres. One of the next challenges for this technology is proving its suitability for real-world operation scenarios. In this talk we will discuss recent QKD deployments executed in UK and Europe by Toshiba in collaboration with other partners, which demonstrate that the development of a stable, high performance, and widespread quantum communication network is in reach with current technology.

Mirko Pittaluga is a researcher at Toshiba Europe Ltd. He is supporting Toshiba's effort to enhance QKD performances over long distance and he recently contributed to establish the first fibre-based QKD link beyond 600 km. His current research focuses on increasing the range and practicality of quantum communications networks.


1:45 PM
Network Security in Post-Quantum World

Antia Lamas-Linares
Antia Lamas-Linares
Principal Quantum Research Scientist
Amazon Web Services (United States)
The emergence of practical quantum technologies challenges the security paradigms of our information transmission and storage. On one hand, quantum computers can efficiently solve some of the complex mathematical problems on which many cryptographic protocols rely. On the security side, the development of post-quantum algorithms and the use of quantum communications technologies provide a path to quantum-resistant security. I will discuss the security implications of the availability of practical quantum computers, the quantum and classical technologies that can help us address this, and how a we can update defense in depth strategies to a post-quantum world.

Antia Lamas-Linares is a principal research scientist at AWS' quantum organization specializing in photonic implementation of quantum information protocols. Antia has worked in multiple implementations of quantum key distribution, hacking those same systems, and putting entanglement sources on satellites. She joined AWS in January 2021.

2:05 PM
The overlap between photonic quantum computing and quantum communications: leading components and developments that advance both

Jamie Francis-Jones
Jamie Francis-Jones
Head of Hardware
ORCA Computing (United Kingdom)
It’s well known that most quantum technologies are built from and underpinned by advanced photonic technologies. As these systems reach maturity, there will become more and more opportunity to transfer photonic technologies from one application to another. In this talk, Dr Francis-Jones will describe ORCA Computing’s efforts to take novel components, built to produce very high quality, on demand single photons for photonic quantum computers and apply these to improve quantum communication technologies. Dr Francis-Jones will identify several technologies that ORCA is spinning off to help increase the key rates of QKD, reduce the background noise from daylight and improve and reduce the cost of the quality of detection.

Jamie Francis-Jones is an expert on multiplexed heralded single photon source design, optical fibre technology and nonlinear frequency conversion devices. He specialises in the development of photon-pair sources for quantum information processing applications.

2:30 PM
Panel Discussion on Applications and the Role of Photonics in Networks and Communications

Anke Lohmann, Anchored In (United Kingdom)

Bill Munro, Basic Research Laboratories NTT (Japan)
Duncan Earl, Qubitekk (United States)
Mirko Pittaluga, Toshiba Europe (United Kingdom)
Antia Lamas-Linares, Amazon Web Services (United States)
Jamie Francis-Jones, ORCA Computing (United Kingdom)