The international conference series came to Asia for the first time with QEP as a summit partner
As many as 230 attendees from commercial enterprises, government, defense, venture capital and academia joined the first Quantum.Tech APAC conference, held 4-5 April 2023 in Singapore. QEP is proud to have partnered this event by supporting planning and showcasing local research expertise during the two-day programme.
The Quantum.Tech series serves as a global meeting place for the quantum technology community. The conference was previously held in London and Boston. This Singapore edition was the series’ first time in Asia. Approximately 60% of the attendees were from Singapore, while 40% came from abroad including other countries in Asia Pacific, the United States, and Europe.
The conference took place at Equarius Hotel on Sentosa island. It was organised by WBResearch and supported by sponsors including Atom Computing, Classiq, Horizon Quantum Computing, IQM, Norma, SpeQtral, Thales, and VTT.
In his opening keynote, QEP Director Alexander Ling presented some of the latest developments from QEP’s three national platforms, including a trial by the National Quantum-Safe Network with AWS to implement a quantum-secured network, a bootcamp for students co-organised by the National Quantum Computing Hub with Softserve, and work at the National Quantum Fabless Foundry on characterisation of photonic, cryogenic and ion trap chips.
Speaker Raghunath Koduvayur from IQM Quantum Computers also took the event as an opportunity to share news. As Head of Asia-Pacific Business at IQM, he announced the launch of their office in Singapore. This is the Finland-headquartered company’s first expansion into the APAC region.
Other presenters included founders of startups in Singapore. Ravi Kumar, Co-Founder of Atomionics, made a keynote presentation on the commercialisation of a Quantum Gravimeter (GravioTM) for field applications. He presented first data from their Gravio sensor’s deployment to measure gravity at various locations in Singapore.
Joe Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Quantum Computing, gave a guest keynote about quantum readiness. He explained how his company’s technology would allow people to code, compile, and deploy quantum applications using classical programming languages. In early April, his company received a USD 18.1 million Series A funding backed by Tencent and other investors.
Representatives of other Singapore-based startups AngelQ, Entropica Labs, PQCee and SpeQtral also participated in the programme. Altogether the conference had 51 speakers, coming from both technology providers and end-user markets. Those companies ranged from quantum startups from other countries, such as Australia’s Diraq and the United States’ PsiQuantum to established multinationals such as IBM and Microsoft. End-users came from sectors including communications, energy, healthcare and retail. Researchers supported by QEP also participated in some of the panels.
QEP displayed at its exhibition booth some of the translational research the programme supports for attendees to learn about. Featured projects were:
• Novel Photon Detectors for Infrared Sensing by Assistant Professor Gong Xiao, NUS
• Superconducting Quantum Processors by Associate Professor Rainer Dumke, NTU
• Certifiable Quantum Random Number Generation by Dr Wang Chao, Senior Research Fellow, NUS
• Hollow-Core Fiber-Based Atomic Vapor Cells by Assistant Professor Lan Shau Yu, NTU
• Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors by Associate Professor Cesare Soci, NTU and Professor Christian Kurtsiefer, NUS
Speaking in a panel on what roles the public sector can take to support the quantum technology industry, Mr Ling Keok Tong, Executive Director of the National Quantum Office, encapsulated Singapore’s quantum strategy in three Cs: to coordinate, concentrate, and provide connections. He referred to coordinating activities across Singapore’ quantum ecosystem, concentrating on areas where Singapore can be highly competitive, and connecting different stakeholders.
Connections were a goal of the conference, too. “QEP partnered Quantum.Tech APAC to support Singapore’s quantum ecosystem and help build meaningful connections between our local growing industry and overseas partners,” says A/Prof Ling, QEP Director. “We thank WBResearch for organising this event in Singapore,” he says.