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FutureMakers Talks: The Reality of Quantum Computing

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Quantum computing is a rapidly advancing field that could give us the power to solve problems of classical computers with lightning speed. It has the potential to have a big impact in fields such as pharmaceuticals and cybersecurity and if realized, it could fundamentally reshape our technology landscape.

But where are we on this journey to use quantum computing? Explore quantum computing with others in the Toronto Tech Community who will discuss the implications, the applications, and the reality of quantum computers today.

Register now to attend this FutureMakers Talks to learn about quantum computing and how it will change the world.

The evening will feature talk from Various Toronto Tech experts:


Amir Feizpour

Presentation by Amir Feizpour
Senior Manager, Data Science & Analytics, Royal Bank of Canada

Talk: Quantum 101

Abstract: In this introduction to quantum computing Amir will discuss the evolution of computation over the years and how quantum computing has come as a natural next step. This talk is a great introduction for those who are less familiar with quantum computing and will offer a base knowledge to build from throughout the remaining presentations.

Razieh Annabestani

Presentation by Razieh Annabestani
Quantum Application Scientist, Xanadu

Talk: Current Status of Quantum Technology

Abstract: Quantum Computing is a revolutionary technology that will transform our future. Currently, different physical platforms are used in industrial attempts to build quantum computing devices; however, there are engineering and fundamental obstacles that each of these approaches face. Although quantum technology is still in its infancy, there are specific problems that can benefit from hybrid quantum-classical algorithms using noisy quantum devices.


Tommy Moffat

Presentation by Tommy Moffatt
Innovator, The Knowledge Society

Title: Hybrid Algorithms for a Near-Term Quantum Revolution

Abstract: The reality of quantum computers has become undeniable and we are now facing the question of when -- not if -- we will start seeing practical applications. While large-scale universal quantum computing -- the most powerful technique -- could be decades away, systems that combine the power of classical and quantum computers could be the key to near-term applications. Algorithms that leverage a hybrid approach are currently some of the most promising ones, already demonstrating an ability to simulate molecules and enable novel machine learning methods. In this talk, Tommy will explore the power of hybrid algorithms and their potential to enable explosive technologies like automated pharmaceutical drug discovery or metamaterials design.


Presentation by Cordell Grant & Jennifer Elliott
CEO and Co-founder at QEYnet Inc & Co-founder at QEYnet Inc

Talk: A Satellite Network for Quantum Key Distribution

Abstract: Massive investments in quantum computing and quantum communications are moving society toward technological upheaval. To the dismay of the cybersecurity industry, the impending Quantum revolution will render conventional Public Key Encryption methods obsolete, possibly within the decade. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), conceived of decades ago and often billed as an answer to the looming quantum threat, has so far been unable to achieve widespread adoption, primarily due to issues associated with scalability. In this talk, Cordell Grant and Jennifer Elliott will describe how satellites could soon overcome the limitations that have long held QKD back.



Speaker's Biography

Amir Feizpour

At RBC, Amir manages a small team with focus on enabling internal clients with data science tools and practices. He leads several initiatives targeting Analytics community building through educational events, building online platforms for knowledge sharing, and data science consulting with business partners. He is also a Scientific Advisor at SEMA Lab where he is doing research on using machine learning techniques to augment/automate software maintenance, and a Machine Learning Mentor at SharpestMinds. Amir is also the organizer of Toronto Deep Learning Series. Prior to this, he held a post-doctoral position at University of Oxford conducting research on experimental quantum computing. Amir holds a PhD in Physics from University of Toronto.

Razieh Annabestani

Razieh has been working in the field of quantum information since 2007, obtaining her M.Sc from Sharif University of Technology in 2010 and her Ph.D from Institute for Quantum Computing at University of Waterloo in 2016. Her research over the past decade covers diverse areas in the field, including spin based quantum information processing, NV centers for quantum sensing, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, quantum key distribution, quantum control, and quantum optics. Over the past year she has focused on finding applications in computational chemistry using machine learning and Gaussian boson sampling with Xanadu, a Toronto start-up company that specializes in building photonic-based architecture for quantum computing.

Tommy Moffatt

Tommy is a 17-year-old working on applying quantum machine learning to difficult problems like drug discovery and materials design. He's worked with leading companies in quantum computing including Rigetti, Xanadu, and D-Wave implementing cutting-edge algorithms like VQE, QAOA, and QPE. Last summer he collaborated with the tech startup accelerator Creative Destruction Lab in their quantum machine learning stream. Tommy has also consulted with companies like Airbnb, Microsoft, and Nestle on some of their highest-priority issues and recently worked as an innovation developer at Zero Gravity Labs. Working with The Knowledge Society (TKS) has allowed him to grow exponentially over the past two years and deeply explore his passion for quantum computing.

Cordell Grant:

Having managed such cutting-edge space programs as CanX-2, BRITE-Constellation, CanX-4&5 (formation flying), GHGSat-D and LEOVantage, Cordell Grant has successfully delivered more than $20M worth of space assets to orbit and has been a leader at the forefront of the low-cost, high-performance satellite market for almost 15 years. Fascinated by both space exploration and cryptography his entire life, Cordell combined these two interests when he co-founded QEYnet. QEYnet’s mission is to build a global Quantum Key Distribution network using microsatellites.

Jennifer Elliott

An aerospace engineer specializing in the development of low-cost, high-performance micro and nano satellites. Jennifer previously worked at the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory where she contributed to the development of five cutting edge low-cost micro and nano satellite missions, three of which are currently operating in orbit. Jennifer helped co-found QEYnet with the mission to build a global Quantum Key Distribution network using microsatellites.


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FutureMakers Talks

The FutureMakers Talks series is an on-going meetup and learn tech community event presented by RBC. The talks are designed to bring tech enthusiasts, practitioners and experts in the tech community under one roof to share knowledge and discuss major tech advances. The series will feature stimulating discussions on machine learning, digital payments, digital design, cybersecurity and more.

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