A joint Code TI/D/TN team recently organized and hosted the first-ever Quantum Future Technologies Conference hosted here at Ames. The conference included over forty speakers from academia, government, and industry from around the world in the first in-depth systematic discussion on how the current revolution in quantum technologies can benefit NASA missions and objectives.
Presentations by Kepler and Phone Sat generated much heated discussion about the possibilities of quantum technologies in relatively unexplored domains, such as quantum secure communication between the Earth and NASA satellites, and quantum sensors for more exquisite and refined detection of extra-solar planets. The response to the conference was very positive, as evidenced from follow-up e-mail comments from attendees, including the Editor-in-Chief of the Boeing Technical Journal, who called the conference “amazing;” a research engineer from D-Wave Systems, Inc., who commented “the content and organization were terrific;” and Dr. Lorenzo Maccone from the University of Pavia, Italy, a highly respected professor in the field of quantum information, who wrote to say the conference was “very well organized and extremely interesting.”
BACKGROUND: The first-ever Quantum Future Technologies Conference hosted here at Ames brought together NASA scientists with the best quantum technology experts from academia, government, and industry to identify the areas and challenges in Space Exploration, Aeronautics, and Earth and Space Science where quantum technologies can have the greatest impact. There were over 130 registered participants during the five-day event, some of the most influential and expert scientists and engineers in the field of quantum technology, including presenters from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Asia, indicating the strength of the NASA brand worldwide.
CONFERENCE ORGANIZING TEAM: Gabriel Durkin, Kelly Kremer, Sonie Lau, and Vadim Smelyanskiy,(Code TI); Rho Christensen (Code D); and Patricia Elson (Code TN) Contact: Sonie Lau