11 October 2018 / Zurich, Switzerland
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11 October 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
Quantum Industry Day in Switzerland 2018



Dr. Walter Riess

Department Head, Science & Technology, IBM Research – Zurich

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Walter Riess is Head of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich and coordinator of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center. The research activities of the Science & Technology department include future device concepts, quantum computing, personalized medicine, mobile health, human body data interfaces and nanotechnology.

Dr. Riess joined IBM Research – Zurich as a research staff member in 1995, working on organic light-emitting diodes (LED). In 1998, he became manager of the display technology group for display applications of electroluminescent organic materials, which today are game-changing technologies used in many television displays and mobile devices.

Dr. Riess holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he habilitated in 1996. He has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers and holds 70 granted patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the German Physical Society, the Swiss Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

Dr. Thierry Debuisschert

Thales Research & Technology

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Thierry Debuisschert is a scientist at Thales Research & Technology where he is responsible for applied quantum physics activity. His expertise covers non-linear optics, quantum optics, quantum cryptography and NV centers in diamond. He has contributed to numerous research projects at national or European level in these fields. He was coordinator of the European integrated project DIADEMS (2013-2017) dedicated to the development of magnetometers based on NV centres in diamond. Currently, he is coordinating the QuantERA project MICROSENS and he is involved in the quantum coordination and support action QSA which is dedicated to the implementation and support of the Quantum Flagship.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Wallraff

Head of Quantum Device Lab, ETHZ

Since January 2012 Andreas Wallraff is a Full Professor for Solid State Physics in the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich. He has obtained degrees in physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, U.K., Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany. His group at ETH Zurich engages in research on micro and nano-electronics, with a particular focus on hybrid quantum systems combining superconducting electronic circuits with semiconductor quantum dots, making use of fast and sensitive microwave techniques at ultra-low temperatures.

Andreas Wallraff also plays a leading role in the ETH Zurich Quantum Engineering Initiative.

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gisin

Head of GAP-OPTIQUE group, University of Geneva

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Nicolas Gisin is one of the pioneers of QKD in telecom fibers. He combined his expertise in optical fibers and in quantum effects in optical fibers to propose and realize key experiments and practical implementations. He is also one of the founders of ID Quantique. In 2009, he was awarded the First Biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and their Applications. In 2014, Nicolas was awarded the Marcel Benoist prize, the highest swiss scientific prize.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup

Head of Physikalisches Institut, University of Stuttgart

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Joerg Wrachtrup, Professor and director of the 3rd Institute of Physics, University of Stuttgart (2000, continuing) as well as Max Planck fellow at the MPI for Solid State Research Stuttgart,  has pioneered the field of single spin physics by initially doing the very first single electron and subsequently the first single nuclear spins experiments. By combining optics and spin resonance he discovered defects in insulators, most notably defects in diamond, as a valuable system for quantum information processing in novel type of detectors for electric and magnetic fields. He and his group pioneered biophysical application of these novel sensor techniques. His current research interest is geared towards application of quantum enhanced sensing in bio and medical sciences. 

Sadik Hafizovic

CEO Zurich Instruments

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: A signal processing expert with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Sadik has co-founded Zurich Instruments as a spin-off and has developed the company as its CEO from an innovative lock-in manufacturer to a major T&M player and leading instrumentation provider for quantum computing.

James Wei

Business Development Manager Greater China

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James built up the Greater China market for Zurich Instruments through the setup of a subsidiary in Shanghai, market entry and pricing strategy, and sales channel development, achieving #1 product position in terms of annual revenue in Greater China.

Adrian Messmer

VP R&D Zurich Instruments

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Building on 15 years of experience as development manager in the semiconductor industry, Adrian leads Zurich Instrument's R&D and manages the company's quantum computing collaborations with strategic partners at ETH Zurich, TU Delft, IBM, Chalmers, and FZJ.

Bruno Küng

Application Scientist Zurich Instruments

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: As resident quantum technology expert with 7 years of research experience in the field, Bruno helped develop the quantum computing market into a primary growth driver for Zurich Instruments through application know-how transfer, product management, networking, sales and promotion activities.

Dr. Stefan Filipp

Technical Leader - Quantum Computing, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Stefan Filipp is technical leader of the superconducting qubit quantum computing team at IBM Research - Zurich since 2017. He has joined IBM Research as research staff member in 2014 at the IBM T.J. Watson Research lab in Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. In September 2015, he transferred to the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory to set up experiments multi-qubit quantum processing platform based on superconducting circuits there. He has more than ten years of experience in the operation of superconducting qubits gathered as postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in the group of Prof. Wallraff. As senior researcher (Oberassistent) he has lead and supervised numerous research projects in the fields of geometric phases, atom optics and quantum optics with microwave optics at the national and the European level. He was awarded a PhD in Technical Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 2006 and for his dissertation he received the Victor-Hess-Award from the Austrian Physical Society.

Ivano Tavernelli

 Technical Leader Quantum Simulations, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ivano Tavernelli studied Biochemistry (M.Sc., 1991) and then Theoretical Physics (M.Sc., 1996) at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), where he also obtained his Ph.D. His main expertise is the development of classical and quantum methods for applications in quantum chemistry/physics and quantum dynamics. In 2015, he joined the quantum computing team at ZRL working on superconducting qubits architectures. His main focus is in the development of quantum algorithms for the simulation of fermionic systems (correlated electrons in molecules and solids) in both adiabatic and digital quantum computers. At present, he is technical leader of the theoretical quantum computing team at IBM Zurich. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications in international journals and about 100 invited presentations at national and international conferences.

Panagiotis Barkoutsos

Researcher - Quantum Application, IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Panagiotis Barkoutsos is Predoctorate Researcher in IBM Zurich Research working in foundations of Quantum Computing and the theoretical aspects of Quantum Computation/Simulation. Panagiotis holds a Chemical Engineer Degree from NTUA and a Masters Degree in Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree from ETH Zurich in the Dept of Theoretical Physics.

Dr. Andreas Fuhrer

Researcher - Quantum Computing , IBM Research

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Andreas Fuhrer is a Research Staff Member in the Quantum Technology group at IBM Research - Zurich. His research interests lie in quantum computing with superconducting qubits, semiconductor spintronics and SPM based device fabrication techniques. He holds a PhD in Nanophysics from ETH Zurich for which he was awarded an ETH medal and the IBM Prize in solid state physics from the Swiss Physical Society. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and holds several granted patents. He is currently a member of the board of the Swiss Physical Society.

Grégoire Ribordy

Co-Founder & CEO of ID Quantique

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO, has 20 years of experience in various R&D and management roles in the field of optical measurements and communication systems. He founded ID Quantique in 2001 and has managed the company since then. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva between 1997 and 2001. In this position, he actively developed quantum cryptography technology and is the holder of a number of patents in the field.

Stephen F. Bush

General Electric Global Research Center

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Bush is a researcher in Algorithmic Communications Network Theory at the GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY. He is an internationally recognized researcher in Active Networking and Algorithmic Communications Networking Theory with over 75 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Bush is the past chair of the IEEE Emerging Technical Subcommittee on Nanoscale, Molecular, and Quantum Networking and currently chair for the IEEE 1906.1 standards working group on nanoscale communication networks.

Rouven Floeter

ABB Global Product Manager Cyber Security Solution

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Global Product Manager for Cyber Security Solutions at ABB and responsible for the first encryption solution for mission-critical infrastructure with secure quantum key generation and more than seventeen years of experience in the fields of strategic product development, business development and incubation, sales and go-to-market strategy development for Cyber Security and Co-founder of .vantronix | secure systems GmbH with more than nine years of experience in establishing and managing an innovative company for enterprise-class IT-security appliances and services.

Tino Fuchs

Micro-Technology and Quantum Sensors Robert Bosch GmbH

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Tino Fuchs studied physics at Humboldt University Berlin with subsequent PhD research at plasma diagnostics branch of the Max Planck Institute for plasma physics. He is awardee of an Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. After receiving his doctoral degree he joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 2000 where he works on MEMS sensor development as senior expert at corporate research since 2012.

Gabriel Puebla-Hellmann


ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Gabriel Puebla-Hellmann recently joined QZabre GmbH, where his experience in the design and fabrication of quantum devices will help improve the NV based scanning probes, which can be used for sensing miniscule magnetic and electric fields. An ETH Quantum Device Lab graduate, he spent several years at IBM Research pushing the boundaries of molecular electronic components, an area in which he holds several patents.

Andrew Strong

Business Development Manager, Single Photon Systems, ID Quantique

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Andrew Strong is a Physicist, Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He brings over 30 years’ experience in a variety of optical fibre and photonic sensor technologies, from academic and collaborative research to commercialisation and deployment of novel sensors in applications ranging from the oil & gas industry to electrical power transmission and distribution.

Yuri Andresson

CEO QLM Technology

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Yuri has 20 years’ experience in start-ups, research institutes and multi-nationals as a scientist, manager, director and investor. He is the CEO and co-founder of QLM Technology, a company specialising in single photon gas sensing technology. He is also  Entrepreneur-in-Residence at University of Bristol QTEC (Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre), a world-leading incubator where he mentors a portfolio of quantum technology start-ups.


Mathieu Munsch


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Mathieu is the CEO and co-founder of Qnami, a swiss quantum foundry created in 2016, which develops new sensors based on diamond technologies. There, Mathieu helps customers develop innovative solutions for diverse applications including early-stage medical diagnostic and failure analysis in the semiconductor industry. Mathieu is also involved in several working groups of the Quantum Flagship as a representative of the start-up ecosystem. Qnami has opened a first financing round and Mathieu will be delighted to answer questions from interested people.


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Participants 154
Meetings 118


Australia 1
Belgium 1
Bulgaria 1
Canada 1
Chile 1
China 2
Denmark 2
Estonia 1
France 5
Germany 23
India 1
Israel 5
Italy 4
Luxembourg 2
Netherlands 6
Poland 5
Russia 4
Singapore 1
Spain 7
Switzerland 167
United Kingdom 8
United States 1
Total 249


Company 116
University / R&D Institution 112
Other 12
Investor/VC 8
Total 248