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Introducing the Q20:20, the World’s First Working Quantum Processor

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The realisation of quantum computers will be one of the greatest scientific and engineering achievements of this century, creating machines with the potential to solve problems that would take a conventional high-performance computer the lifetime of the universe to crack.

Although a fully quantum computer is years away from development, the disruptive potential of quantum machines is attracting growing interest and investment from industry and governments globally, inspiring the growth of the next trillion dollar tech market.

Drawing on the material that he first shared at the 2017 Oxford China Lecture in Beijing, Prof. Walmsley will introduce the counter-intuitive features of the quantum world that are being harnessed to create quantum computers, the challenges scientists and engineers have yet to overcome in order to build such a machine, and the breakthroughs at the University of Oxford that are paving the way for the Q20:20, the world’s first working quantum processor.

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Ian Walmsley is the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He has pioneered the marriage of these fields for applications in quantum technologies, which form part of the critical technology path of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), of which he is Director, and which is part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. He is the President of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, as well as a Science Delegate for Oxford University Press and a member of the Board of Oxford University Innovation.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walmsley oversees the University’s research and innovation strategies and policies. He chairs the University’s Research Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University’s relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.

Professor Walmsley will step down from his Oxford roles and take up the post of Provost at Imperial College London in September.





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