Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speaker: Michelle Simmons

Title: Atomic qubits in silicon

Bio: Professor Michelle Simmons is an Australian Government Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. An expert in quantum computing, Professor Simmons has pioneered unique technologies internationally to build electronic devices at the atomic scale. As director of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, her team is at the forefront of developing a silicon-based quantum computer. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information and in 2018 Professor Simmons was named Australian of the Year and admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of London.

Plenary Speaker: Cass Sackett

Title: Using trapped atoms for inertial navigation: prospects and challenges

Bio: Cass Sackett is currently an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia, USA. His research is focused on developing practical applications for Bose-Einstein condensation. In particular, Professor Sackett is developing condensate interferometry, in which the atom wave is coherently separated into pieces which are later recombined. The result of the recombination depends sensitively on the surrounding environment, meaning that it can be used as a sensor for measuring inertial effects like gravity or rotation, and electromagnetic effects like fields or atomic interactions. Current projects include high-precision measurements of gravity, rotation, and atomic polarizability. Professor Sackett is also an investigator for NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory experiment, where he is studying atom cooling and interferometry in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station.

Plenary Speaker: Jiangfeng Du

Title: Single Molecule Spectroscopy and imaging with a Quantam Sensor

Bio: Prof. Du is an expert in the area of spin quantum physics and its applications. So far, he has published more than 160 scientific papers, including 45 papers published in Nature, Science, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, and Physical Review Letters. His research achievements have received the second prize of 2012 National Natural Science Award, The Outstanding Achievements in Natural Science by the Ministry of Education of China (2011), The Huang Kun Award of Solid-state Physics and Semiconductor Physics from Chinese Physical Society (2011), and The Award in Basic Science from Zhou GuangZhao Foundation (2016).


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: David J. Reilly

Title: Challenges at the quantum-classical interface: More Moore, or beyond Moore

Bio: Professor David J. Reilly holds a joint position with Microsoft Corporation and the University of Sydney, where he is the Principal Researcher and Director of Microsoft Quantum - Sydney, a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence, Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), and a Professor in the School of Physics. The focus of much of Reilly’s work is at the quantum- classical interface and the scale-up of quantum technology. As a leader in Microsoft’s quantum effort he bridges the gap between fundamental quantum physics and the engineering approaches need to scale quantum devices into quantum machines. He is also interested in applying quantum tech in biomedicine, pioneering new approaches to magnetic resonance imaging using nanodiamonds.

Keynote Speaker: Hideo Mabuchi

Title: Quantum control and coherent feedback: new horizons in optics

Bio: Hideo Mabuchi (Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University, USA) graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Physics in 1992, and from California Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998.  From 1998-2007 he served as a faculty member in the departments of Physics and Control & Dynamical Systems at Caltech; from 2010-2016 he served as Department Chair for Applied Physics at Stanford.  His group’s current research focuses on foundations for quantum engineering, including quantum feedback control, quantum nonlinear dynamics, broadband quantum optics, and unconventional materials and devices for quantum photonics.

Keynote Speaker: Pierre Rouchon

Title: Measurement-based feedback scheme and continuous-time quantum error correction

Bio: Pierre Rouchon is professor at Mines-ParisTech, PSL Research University.  He  is a member of the Quantic Research Team between Inria, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and Mines ParisTech. His fields of interest include nonlinear control and mathematical system theory with applications to physical systems. His contributions include differential flatness and its extension to infinite dimensional systems, nonlinear observers and symmetries, quantum filtering and quantum feedback.

Keynote Speaker: Meera Parish

Title: Impurities in quantum matter

Bio: Meera Parish is currently an Associate Professor at School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University, Australia. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2005, and she has since been a PCTS postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University; a Director of Studies at Clare College, Cambridge; and a Lecturer and EPSRC research fellow at University College London. Her research is broadly focussed on the theory of strongly correlated phenomena in ultracold atomic gases and electron systems. In particular, Professor Parish is interested in superconductivity and superfluidity, low-dimensional systems, and magnetotransport. In 2012, she was awarded the IOP Maxwell medal and prize for her achievements.

Keynote Speaker: Chao-Yang Lu

Title: Toward “quantum supremacy” with single photons

Bio: Chao-Yang Lu was born in November 1982 in Zhejiang, China. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004, and obtained his PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2011. Shortly after being a Fellow of Churchill College, he returned to China and is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he focuses on research on scalable quantum photonics, quantum computation, and quantum foundations. He published more than 70 articles in Reviews of Modern Physics, Science, Nature, Nature research journals, PNAS and PRL. His work on quantum teleportation was selected as by IOP Physics World as “Breakthrough of the Year 2015”. His work on single-photon source and boson sampling was selected by Optical Society of American as one of "Optics in 2016" and one of "Optics in 2017". He has been awarded Young Qianren Talent, Hong Kong Qiushi Outstanding Young Scholars, National Natural Science Fund for Exceptional Young Scholars, First-Class National Natural Science Prize, OSA Fellow, Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society, and AAAS Cleveland Prize.

Keynote Speaker: Lloyd C. L. Hollenberg

Bio: Professor Hollenberg is the Thomas Baker Chair in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in 1989 in theoretical particle physics and in 1999 turned his attention to quantum computing. He is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (2011-2024), and was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2013. He has published over 250 papers and is well known internationally for his work in quantum computing and the development of quantum sensing techniques at the quantum-nano-bio interface. Lloyd was awarded the 2012 Walter Boas Medal, the 2013 Victoria Prize (Physical Sciences), the 2016 Royal Society (Victoria) Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research, and led the team that won the 2013 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Daniel Burgarth, Macquarie University, Australia
    Title: Dynamical decoupling and exponential decay
  • Professor Benjamin J. Eggleton, The University of Sydney, Australia
    Title: Brillouin integrated photonics: New platform for high performance microwave signal processing and sensing
  • Dr Cathy Foley, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
    Title: A roadmap to an Australian quantum industry
  • Dr Stefan Forstner, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, University of Queensland, Australia
    Title: Quantum optomechanical sensing: from quantum magnetometry to precision on-chip ultrasound
  • Professor Andre Luiten, University of Adelaide, Australia
    Title: Quantum effects in waveguide-trapped atoms
  • Associate Professor Andy Martin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
    Title: Improved sensing of DC fields with rapidly rotating diamond quantum sensors
  • Dr Kavan Modi, Monash University, Australia
    Title: Quantum Nonlinear Optics without Photons: how to excite two or more atoms simultaneously with a single photon, and other unusual properties of ultra-strongly-coupled QED systems
  • Dr Franco Nori, RIKEN, Saitama, Japan; Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    Title: Quantum Nonlinear Optics without Photons: how to excite two or more atoms simultaneously with a single photon, and other unusual properties of ultra-strongly-coupled QED systems.
  • Professor Herschel Rabitz, Princeton University, USA
    Title: Can quantum control transform a biologist’s dream into practice?
  • Dr Benjamin Strycker / Prof Marlan O. Scully, Texas A&M University, USA
    Title: Quantum BioOptics
  • Associate Professor Mankei Tsang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Title: Resolving starlight: a quantum perspective
  • Professor Howard Wiseman, ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Australia
    Title: The Heisenberg limit for laser coherence
  • Associate Professor Rebing Wu, Tsinghua University, China
    Title: Quantum learning control – good solutions from “bad” models
  • Professor Guo-Yong Xiang, CAS Key Laboratory of Quantum Information, University of Science and Technology of China, China
    Title: Quantum controlled optimal multi-parameter estimation
  • Associate Professor Naoki Yamamoto, Keio Quantum Computing Centre, Keio University, Japan
    Title: Quantum active filtering and application to broadband gravitational-wave detection