Australian of the year winner Professor Michelle Simmons to speak about pioneering research into quantum computing at CEBIT 2019

MICHELLE SIMMONSOne of the globe’s top scientists, and 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, will discuss Australia’s latest developments in quantum computing and quantum communications at CEBIT Australia 2019. Professor Simmons is the third keynote speaker to be announced for the B2B technology expo, which will be held in Sydney from 29-31 October.

Since arriving in Australia from Britain 18 years ago, the much-lauded Professor of Quantum Physics has transformed the quantum arm of the University of NSW’s School of Physics into a world leader in advanced computer systems. In 2012, Professor Simmons and her team created the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, along with the world’s thinnest wire. More recently, in July this year, Professor Simmons and her team announced another major milestone – the world’s fastest demonstrated two-qubit gate in silicon.

At the forefront of what she calls the “space race of the computing era”, Michelle aims to build a quantum computer to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. Such a discovery has the potential to revolutionise drug design, weather forecasting, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and more.

At CEBIT, Professor Simmons will cover why the quantum component of computing is so compelling and outline the outstanding leadership Australia has in this area. She will also discuss the latest fascinating advances her company Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) is making.

Currently SQC is working to create and commercialise a quantum computer based on world leading intellectual property acquired from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T). In true pioneering spirit, SQC have set themselves a bold ambition - to develop a 10-qubit quantum integrated circuit prototype in silicon by 2022.

SQC currently has parallel platforms for creating a silicon-based quantum computer using atomically engineered phosphorus donors, quantum dots using CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) technology and hybrids. Drawing on decades of success, CQC2T has produced the longest coherence time, highest fidelity qubits in the solid state, the ability to optically address single dopant atoms in silicon, the lowest noise silicon devices and the first two qubit gate in silicon.

Professor Simmons was also recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her “distinguished service to science education as a leader in quantum and atomic electronics and as a role model”.

“We are honoured to have such a world leader in the field of quantum physics as a keynote speaker this year for CEBIT 2019,” said CEBIT Australia chairman and former Facebook CEO ANZ Stephen Scheeler. “Not only is Michelle paving the way in a highly exciting field, she is also looked up to by young scientists everywhere. She actively encourages girls and boys to challenge themselves, dream big and to achieve incredible goals in science. We are anticipating a huge turn out for her keynote speech.”

Other leaders in the field of quantum computing who will discuss the subject in presentations are Vikram Sharma from QuintessanceLabs who will deliver ‘Building a quantum safe world’; Michael Bremner from the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology on ‘Searching for the quantum frontier’; and Samantha Lawson from the Commonwealth Bank Australia with Glenn Wightwick from the University of Technology Sydney on ‘An end to end look at the quantum industry’.

NSW Deputy Premier, and Minister for Industry and Trade, John Barilaro, said Professor Simmons’ addition to the CEBIT keynote line-up was a coup. “As one of our most esteemed scientists, Michelle Simmons is a truly inspiring Australian. Enlisting her to talk about our future in quantum computing is a very smart choice given the enormous global potential of this technology,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Professor Simmons’ cutting edge work in quantum computing and physics will be hugely beneficial for our nation in years to come so sharing her insights with our technology community will help shape the future business agenda.

“The NSW Government supports the future of quantum computing, having invested in Professor Simmons’ company Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd and also announcing $15.4 million earlier this year to establish The Sydney Quantum Academy in a $35 million partnership with the University of Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie University and University of Technology Sydney.

“The Sydney Quantum Academy will train our next generation of quantum engineers and scientists and make Sydney the leading global city for quantum technology and a magnet for jobs in the emerging quantum economy.”

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