Australian Information Industry Association


A Quantum Computing Tipping Point

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Time: 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Where: Virtual via Cisco Webex

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Quantum computing has the potential to reinvent the worlds of business, science, education and government in fundamentally new ways.

The technology is maturing every day and it’s now at an early commercialisation tipping point. It’s predicted that specific quantum computing applications – even early ones – will have significant disruptive implications for industries and businesses. According to Gartner, by 2023, 20 per cent of organisations will be budgeting for quantum computing projects, and 95 per cent of those organisations will utilise quantum computing as a service.1

Here in Australia, the Quantum Technology Roadmap prepared by CSIRO Futures envisions that by 2040, Australia’s quantum computing industry could generate more than $2.5 billion in revenue and 10,000 new jobs. It urges Australia to act quickly to remain a key player in what is a global opportunity.2

Now is the right time for business leaders to understand and prepare for the potential of quantum computing. The conditions are in place to experiment and expand this exponential technology.

Join Dr Anna Phan, Research Scientist, IBM Quantum, IBM Research Australia, to learn the basics of quantum computing, the impacts and opportunities it presents, and ultimately the potential benefits it could bring to your organisation.

Then hear from a panel of visionary Australian organisations who are exploring the potential of quantum computing and aligning with the emerging quantum computing ecosystem to become “quantum ready.”

  1. Panetta, Kasey. “The CIO’s Guide to Quantum Computing,” April 18, 2019. 
  2. CSIRO. “Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry,” 2020. 


Anna Phan

Research Scientist, IBM Quantum, IBM Research Australia

Anna is a research scientist at IBM Research - Australia with a focus on multidisciplinary science. She studied both physics and software engineering as an undergraduate at The University of Melbourne. She was able to combine both these disciplines in a PhD in experimental particle physics, working as part of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN on the Large Hadron Collider, creating algorithms and models to detect new physics. With a strong background in data, software and coding, she brought her skills and experience to IBM Research - Australia where she previously worked in data science, and is now investigating quantum computing machine learning algorithms and applications.

Dr Martin Fuechsle

Quantum Technology Manager, Archer Materials Limited

Dr Martin Fuechsle is the Manager of Quantum Technology at Archer Materials Ltd. and an Hon. Associate of the University of Sydney. He has 10 years’ experience in building quantum computing devices and technology. During his post-doctoral research at the UNSW Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology he developed the single-atom transistor. He received his PhD in Experimental Physics at the University of New South Wales in 2011, where he worked in Prof. Michelle Simmons’ group on the fabrication of donor-based quantum logic devices in silicon. He was awarded the AIP Bragg Gold medal for the most outstanding Physics PhD in Australia for his thesis. In his current role, Martin’s work focuses on developing on a room-temperature compatible quantum processor prototype as part of Archer’s 12CQ Project.

Professor Lloyd C. L. Hollenberg

Professor Hollenberg is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and the inaugural Thomas Baker Chair in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in 1989 in theoretical particle physics and in 1999 turned his attention to quantum computing. He is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (2011-2024), and was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2013. Lloyd’s nearly two decades of work in quantum computing underpins the establishment of the IBM Q Hub at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 250 papers and is well known internationally for his work in quantum computing and the development of quantum sensing techniques at the quantum-nano-bio interface. Lloyd was awarded the 2012 Walter Boas Medal, the 2013 Victoria Prize (Physical Sciences), the 2016 Royal Society (Victoria) Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research and led the team that won the 2013 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

Nick is CEO and Co-Founder of Max Kelsen, a machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions company. Nick has a broad range of expertise spanning across business, economics, sales, management and law. Nick has a deep theoretical and applied understanding of cutting-edge machine learning techniques, and has been widely recognised as an expert and thought-leader in this field. Nick is a founder member and board representative of the Queensland AI Hub, a large investment supporting the development of the AI industry, creating more jobs and providing aspiring AI engineers with a space of their own to contribute to Australia's innovation growth.


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