2021 IEEE SERVICES - IEEE International Symposium on on Quantum Software and Services (QSAS)

IEEE International Symposium on Quantum Software and Services (QSAS) - Technical Program

Conference code: QSS
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Date/Time Session Session Chair Presentation
Tues 9/7

18:50 - 20:10pm
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Distinguished Speaker
Schahram Dustdar
Technical University of Vienna
Jay Gambetta, IBM Research
Current & Future of Quantum Software & Services

Jay Gambetta is the Vice President in charge of IBM’s overall Quantum initiative. He leads the strategy and execution of IBM Quantum. He was named as an IBM Fellow in 2018 for his scientific work on superconducting qubits, quantum validation techniques, implementation of quantum codes, improved gates and coherence, and near-term applications of quantum computing—in addition to establishing IBM’s quantum strategy.

Under his leadership, the IBM Quantum team has made a series of major breakthroughs in the quantum industry: starting with launching the IBM Quantum Experience – the world-first cloud-based quantum computing platform for users to access real quantum computers, the IBM Quantum team released Qiskit – an open source software development kit for developing quantum programs, and deployed the IBM Quantum System One, a family of quantum processors for clients that now includes the 27 qubit Falcon and 65 qubit Hummingbird quantum processors. IBM Quantum continues to expand in the market by providing 38 quantum systems opened for service over the cloud from anywhere in the world, building the foundations of the quantum industry with a community of partners advancing quantum science and applications via the IBM Quantum Network.

Dr. Gambetta received his Ph.D. in Physics from Griffith University in Australia. In 2014, he was named as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has over 130 publications in the field of quantum information science with over 23000 citations.
Tues 9/7

20:20 - 21:40 pm
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Stefan Worner
IBM Research
Panel Discussion: Quantum Applications


Stefan Wörner, IBM Research - Zurich
Stefan Wörner is a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research in Zurich and leads Quantum Applications Research & Software Development at IBM Quantum. He received a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from ETH Zurich in 2010, and a Doctor of Sciences in Operations Management from ETH Zurich in 2013 for his thesis on Convex Optimization in Supply Chain Management. The focus of his research is the development and analysis of quantum algorithms for optimization and machine learning as well as their practical applications, e.g., in finance or supply chain management.

Valeria Bartsch, Fraunhofer ITWM
Dr. Valeria Bartsch is a Team Lead at the Competence Center for High Performance Computing at Fraunhofer ITWM (institute of industrial mathematics) at Kaiserslautern, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics obtained at the University of Karlsruhe in 2003 and has worked on hardware and computing techniques for particle physics until 2013. She has a long-standing experience working in international scientific collaborations. Between 2003 and 2013 she has been holding positions at the University of Oxford, UK; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago, USA; University College London, UK and the University of Sussex, UK. Since 2013 she is working at Fraunhofer ITWM. Since 2020 she has started to work on application development for quantum computers in the scope of the Competence Center of Rhineland-Palatine which is located at Fraunhofer ITWM.

Alberto Di Meglio, CERN
Alberto Di Meglio is the Head of CERN openlab in the IT Department at CERN and Coordinator of the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative. Alberto is an Aerospace Engineer (MEng) and Electronic Engineer (PhD) by education and has extensive experience in the design, development and deployment of distributed computing and data infrastructures and software services for scientific applications. He joined CERN in 1998 as Data Centre Systems Engineer In 2004, he took part in the early stages of development of the High-Energy Physics computing Grid. From 2010 to 2013 Alberto was Project Director of the European Middleware Initiative (EMI), a project responsible to develop and maintain most of the software services powering the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid. Since 2013, Alberto leads CERN openlab, a long-term initiative to organise public-private collaborative R&D projects between CERN, academia and industry in ICT, computer and Data science, covering many aspects of today’s technology, from heterogenous architecture and distributed computing to AI and quantum technologies.

Dimitar Trenev, ExxonMobil
Dimitar Trenev is a program lead at ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research division. He leads a group of scientists who are developing novel algorithms and workflows for emerging computing platforms, targeting challenging problems in the energy industry. Dimitar is a mathematician by training with strong interests in scientific computing and he is also the technical lead for the quantum computing research at ExxonMobil.

William Zeng, Goldman Sachs
Dr. William Zeng leads the quantum computing research group at Goldman Sachs and is founder and President of the Unitary Fund, a non-profit dedicated to developing quantum tech to benefit the most people. He received his PhD in quantum algorithms from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and a BSc. in Physics from Yale University.

Wed 9/8

4:10 - 5:30 am
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Luciano Bello
IBM Quantum
Qiskit and Open QASM3: Towards Dynamic Circuits in the Cloud
In this presentation, we will introduce IBM’s vision for near and real-time quantum computing. We will discuss the importance of considering a hierarchy of latencies within our system and how we provide quantum systems as an accelerator coprocessor through the Qiskit runtime. Following this, we will introduce OpenQASM3 - a new version of the quantum programming language, OpenQASM, that provides the features required for a near-term quantum system to pursue quantum advantage and explore quantum error correction. We will then demo performing quantum teleportation through Qiskit and OpenQASM3 on our next-generation real-time control systems. Following the demonstration, we will end with a brief overview of the compiler technologies that support OpenQASM3 and hardware code-generation within our backend services.

Thomas Alexander is a software developer at IBM Quantum, which is a market leader in quantum systems and services. At IBM, Thomas helps design and build the software platforms and computer architectures that wrap the control electronics that power a quantum computer. This includes modeling and compiling quantum programs at the levels of circuits, pulses, and proprietary hardware platforms. Thomas enjoys contributing to the quantum computing community and leads the effort to open-source control of IBM Quantum systems through Qiskit Pulse. Prior to joining IBM Quantum, Thomas studied quantum computing at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo where he performed experiments in solid-state NMR, NV centers, and developed software for experiment design systems.
Wed 9/8

5:40 - 7:00 am
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QSS 4 Stefan Worner
IBM Research
Quantum & Classical Computation
Michael Behrendt

This talk is going to review the potential of combining quantum and classical computation provided via cloud infrastructure. This includes how to use technologies like Qiskit as a quantum open-source framework and how to combine it and quantum hardware. This is coordinated by running the code on IBM Cloud Code Engine, which – in integration with the open source framework lithops – takes both care of the execution of the actual driver code and also the execution of large classical compute jobs for big data analytics and other (embarrassingly) parallel jobs.

Michael Behrendt is a Distinguished Engineer in the IBM Cloud development organization. He is responsible for IBM's technical strategy around serverless & Function-as-a-Service. Before that, he was the Chief Architect of IBM's core cloud platform and was one of the initial founding members incubating it, led the development of IBM's Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, was a worldwide field-facing cloud architect for many years, and drove key product incubation & development activities for IBM's cloud portfolio

Michael has been working on Cloud Computing for more than 15 years and has 37 patents. He is located in the IBM Research & Development Laboratory in Boeblingen, Germany.
Wed 9/8

16:30 - 17:50 pm
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QSS 5 Manuel Wimmer
University Linz
First Steps Towards Model-Driven Engineering for Quantum Computing

Quantum computing technologies are emerging. However, as a consequence, there is an increase in the complexity of software and its development, since the applications will be implemented using a mix of quantum and classical resources. Orthogonal to this progress, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is applied to reduce complexity and ease the development of software systems. MDE proposes to apply modeling techniques such as General Purpose Modeling Languages as well as Domain-Specific Modeling Languages, and generative techniques such as model transformation and code generation. In this talk, we argue for a dedicated research line which deals with the exploration of how MDE may be applied to quantum computing. For this purpose, we first outline the main principles behind MDE. Thereafter, we describe a particular case study, namely the problem of k-community detection and show how it can be solved with NISQ-devices utilizing hybrid quantum-classical approaches. Subsequently, this problem serves as a demonstration case for applying methods and techniques from MDE to develop quantum software as well as to derive research challenges. Although still in an early stage, we expect the combination of MDE with quantum computing to allow for efficiency increase in the development of quantum software and to open the door for domain experts to utilize this emerging technology.

Antonio Garmendia is a postdoctoral researcher at the WIN-SE department at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU Linz). He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). As a Ph.D. student, he made a research visit to the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany). He was a member of the “Modelling and Software Engineering” research group (http://www.miso.es/) at UAM. His research interests are in scalability in Model-Driven Engineering (MDE), the construction of graphical/textual environments and the application of MDE to Quantum Computing. He has participated in the MONDO EU project on scalability in MDE.

Felix Günther Gemeinhardt
joined in 2020 as a predoc researcher the Christian Doppler Laboratory on Model-Integrated Smart Production (CDL-MINT) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU Linz). Besides this, Felix is also a master student in Physics at JKU Linz. He holds a Master Degree in Business Management and he received a BSc in Physics. His research interests are in the application of Model-Driven Engineering techniques to Quantum Computing.

Wed 9/8

19:40 - 21:00 pm
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QSS 6 Ismael Faro
IBM Quantum
Panel: Quantum Startups

In this panel we are going to talk with Quantum Startups and their role in the current and future of Quantum, and all the impact in the software and services that they use.


Ismael Faro, IBM Research
Ismael Faro is distinguished engineer and technical lead in the IBM quantum software and cloud team, being part of IBM Research. He leads the developer cloud team to create the first public Quantum Cloud platform, IBM quantum experience (2016), after that was one of the first contributors in the open-source quantum computing framework Qiskit (2017). Ismael continues lead the developer team and his focus is how integrate quantum and conventional computation. He currently is working in Qiskit Runtime release in 2021 where combine quantum and cloud computation.

Ismael has collaborated from a while with developer and entrepreneurs’ communities and open-source projects. He co-founded several startups and advise financial companies, startups, and European governments.

Shai Machnes, Qruise
Dr. Shai Machnes is the CEO of Qruise - a company providing software to accelerate the development of quantum technology devices using advanced control, optimization and machine-learning algorithms. After 15 years in the software industry, Shai turned to physics, completing his graduate studies at Tel-Aviv university. Shai pursued his research at Ulm University and the Weizmann institute, and became a group leader at the Institute for Quantum Computing Analytics at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. Together with Prof. Tommaso Calarco, Prof. Simone Montangero and Prof. Frank Wilhelm-Mauch, Qruise was created to make the results of over 50 years of quantum control research available to academic and commercial labs everywhere.

Albert Frisch, AQT
Albert Frisch is a Senior Research Engineer at AQT with main focus software development and architecture for ion-trapped quantum computers across different layers of the stack, from cloud services to hardware control. His largest interests are in orchestrating automated calibration tasks, system health checks, and parameter monitoring. Albert studied quantum optics and atomic physics and received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Innsbruck in Ultracold Quantum Gases of Erbium in 2014. After a post-doc position at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information he joined IBM Research and Development in Germany where he started as a circuit design engineering professional working on IBM's high-performance processor series P and Z. Since 2017 he was additionally engaged in the hardware and software development within IBM Quantum. In the beginning of 2020 he joined AQT where his main tasks range from software development, system control and management, to performance benchmarking, and testing of quantum computing systems.

Yudong Cao, Zapata Computing
Dr. Yudong Cao is the CTO of Zapata Computing. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. In 2016, he joined the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard University to develop algorithms for noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) devices. Yudong is now one of the most prolific developers of NISQ quantum computing algorithms in the world, having developed quantum algorithms across the fields of machine learning, chemistry, finance, optimization, differential equations, and quantum error correction. This impressive array of work, together with his visionary effort in developing Zapata's software platform, has served as the foundation for the applications and solutions that Zapata Computing offers their enterprise clients.

Tennin Yan, QunaSys

Thurs 9/9

4:10 - 5:30 am
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QSS 7 Luciano Bello
IBM Research
Quantum Compilation Steps

Kevin Krsulich, IBM Research
Kevin Krsulich is a lead research software engineer and manager of the Quantum Compiler group at IBM. He leads development of the Qiskit transpiler, an open-source tool for translating and optimizing quantum programs to target current and future quantum hardware. Kevin received a B.S. in physics from MIT, a Ph.D. in nuclear science from MIT, and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Thurs 9/9

18:10 - 19:30 pm
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QSS 8 Sebastian Feld
TU Delft

Carmen Recio Valcarce, IBM Quantum Zurich
Panel: Quantum Software Ecosystem

Fabio Scafirimuto
Alba Cervera
Jacob Friis Sherson
William Hurley, Strangeworks
Gabriele Raino, ETH Zurich

Panel: Software for Quantum Hardware Design

Zlatko K. Minev, IBM Quantum
Thurs 9/9

19:40 - 21:00 pm
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TUT 1 Jessie Yu
IBM Research
Tutorial: Quantum Cloud, Near time Compute and Qiskit Runtime

This tutorial is a hands-on session using the latest quantum technologies and programming concepts, during which we are going to explore how to use quantum programs in a near-time-compute regime, especially for quantum variational algorithms such as VQE. This near-time-compute method aims to reduce latency in each loop between classical and quantum computation that happens near the quantum device. In this tutorial we are going to work with Qiskit Runtime, a new architecture offered by IBM Quantum that streamlines computations requiring many iterations. At the end of the tutorial you are going to understand the process to create, deploy and use quantum programs near to the quantum computer.

Jessie Yu is a senior software developer and prolific inventor at IBM. She has a M.S in Computer Science from Marist College. Prior to working on quantum computing, Jessie’s career was mainly in the area of IBM mainframe kernel development and analytics software. Her experience in IBM Quantum began in 2018 where she first worked on systems and infrastructure support and later took over as maintainer for qiskit-ibmq-provider, a framework that provides access to IBM Quantum devices and services. To each aspect of the IBM Quantum systems, she brings design thinking, systems architecture, and a mainframe sense of quality, reliability, availability, and serviceability, balanced with the agile and community focused approaches of open source software development.
Fri 9/10

18:10 - 19:30 pm
HAC Salvador de la Puente
IBM Research
Hackathon Finalist Presentation