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Sir Nevill Mott Lecture 2021

Practical Quantum Computing

Presented by Dr Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave

The 2021 Sir Nevill Mott Lecture was held on Wednesday 3 March and for the first time in the history of the series it was held online via MS Teams. Dr Baratz was joined by over 100 guests to hear him present his lecture on Practical Quantum Computing.

Missed the lecture? Watch the recording below:

Sir Nevill Mott Lecture 2021

Dr Alan Baratz presents the prestigious annual Physics lecture on Practical Quantum Computing.

Abstract: Quantum computing promises to bring great change to enterprises and governments around the world. But where are we actually today? Join Dr. Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave, in an exploration of the current state of quantum computing and how D-Wave’s unique approach to annealing quantum computing harnesses 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 where quantum computing is today and get the chance to see how breakthroughs in new science and 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 logistics. Dr. Baratz will also discuss what it took to build the world’s most powerful and connected quantum computer, the move to the quantum cloud and the recent KT result in Nature Communications demonstrating the scientific power and how real commercial applications are being built with hybrid quantum solutions.  


Dr. Alan Baratz became the CEO of D-Wave in 2020 where he oversaw the development and general availability of the Advantage™ quantum system with 5000+ qubits and the inclusion of new hybrid solver services in the Leap™ quantum cloud service. 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.