Postponed - Sir Nevill Mott Lecture 2020 - Practical Quantum Computing

  • 23 March 2020
  • 17:00-18:00
  • WPT001 West Park Teaching Hub


Practical Quantum Computing

Quantum computing promises to bring great advances to business and science. From previously unsolvable complex problems to energy consumption, quantum computing holds the potential to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.Join Dr. Alan Baratz in an exploration of quantum properties and how D-Wave has harnessed these using quantum mechanics to bring a new computing paradigm to market, all the while focusing on delivering real customer value – what we call practical quantum computing. Attendees will walk away with a new understanding of quantum computing and get the chance to see how early quantum applications in financial modeling, logistics, AI, fault detection, drug discovery and materials sciences are beginning to emerge in industries as diverse as manufacturing, finance, healthcare and media. Alan will discuss the burgeoning quantum application ecosystem, and how developers across the world can start programming on a quantum computer today to conduct research and build the quantum applications of the future.


Dr. Alan Baratz became the CEO of D-Wave in 2020. Previously, as executive vice president, R&D and chief product officer, he drove the development, delivery, and support of all of D-Wave’s products, technologies, and applications. He has over 25 years of experience in product development and bringing new products to market at leading technology companies and software startups. As the first president of JavaSoft at Sun Microsystems, Baratz supervised the growth and adoption of the Java platform from its infancy to a robust platform supporting mission-critical applications in nearly 80 percent of Fortune 1000 companies. He has also held executive positions at Symphony, Avaya, Cisco, and IBM. He served as CEO and president of Versata, Zaplet, and NeoPath Networks, and as a managing director at Warburg Pincus LLC. Baratz holds a doctorate in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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