Speakers

Michael Brown - CTO, ISARA Corporation
12:00 - 12:30 The end of cryptography as we know it

Mike is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder for ISARA Corporation. He is focused on the technical vision and direction for the company. ISARA’s mission is help build a world where consumers, enterprises and governments can benefit from a Quantum Computer, without being exploited by it. Previous to ISARA, Mike was the Vice President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry. At BlackBerry, Mike was responsible for the vision and execution of Product Security for all of BlackBerry’s products and co-founded the Product Security practice there. Mike has spoken at many global security events such as RSA, CTIA, GTEC, Bloomberg, APECTEL and InfoSec Europe. Mike has a Master’s of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo focusing on Cryptography.


Trevor Cross - CTO, e2v
16:20 - 16:50 Quantum sensing, positioning and navigation

A graduate of Bath and Lancaster Universities, Trevor has a PhD in compound semiconductors. He is a Fellow and a council member of the Institute of Physics. In 1985 he joined the e2v group, which was formerly part of GEC-Marconi. His initial role was in technology and business development leading e2v's Solar Power Systems activity providing high efficiency GaAs solar panels for spacecraft for small satellites (including for SSTL in their early years). This involved transferring research technology from the GEC central Research Labs in Wembley to Chelmsford - which started an ongoing career focus of technology translation and commercialization. Trevor has 10 years experience at board level at e2v as Director for Space and Communications and Technical Director. He was technical lead in the MBO of the company from GEC-Marconi, and its LSE listing in 2004. More recently his focus has included group strategy and technology planning. He has played a key role in e2v's University engagement programs and is a former council member of the PPARC. He chaired the Technology Strategy Board led Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN from 2009-14 and is currently a member of a number of STFC and University committees and review panels. He is also chair of the Innovate UK's Special Interest Group in Quantum Technologies.


Patrick Gill, Co-Director, NPL Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory
15:50 - 16:20 Our own right time

Patrick Gill is a Senior NPL Fellow and co-Director of the NPL Quantum Metrology Institute, and heads up NPL Time & Frequency, where he is concerned with research into quantum frequency standards and atomic clocks and metrology, with wider application to fundamental physics, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation, telecommunications, aerospace and defence.
Patrick joined NPL in 1975 after completing his DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College and at the University of Oxford. He was awarded the Rabi Award by the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium in 2007, and won the IOP 2008 Young Medal and Prize. His team received the 2014 Duke of Edinburgh award from the Royal Institute of Navigation for long term atomic clock development. Patrick was awarded an MBE for services to Science in The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2015. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.


Dr Hermann Hauser KBE, CBE, FRS FREng FInstP - Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
17:15 - 17:45 Open Forum

In 2015 Hermann was awarded an KBE for services to Engineering and Industry. Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband. Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Hermann has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath, Anglia Ruskin, Strathclyde, Glasgow and York.


Paul Martin - CTO, Plextek
14:05 - 14:35 The quantum challenge and opportunity

Paul joined Plextek in 2011 to accelerate the Systems Engineering capability and following the restructuring of Plextek Group he is now the CTO of Plextek Consulting. Before joining Plextek, Paul was Technical Director for one of the Cobham Surveillance companies. Paul obtained his Doctorate in Communications Engineering from the University of Bristol in 1991 and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.



John Morton - Professor of Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics and Royal Society University Research Fellow, UCL
11:00 - 11:30 How to build and program a quantum computer, and why

Professor John Morton has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow since 2008, and moved from Oxford University to UCL in 2012, where he leads the Quantum Spin Dynamics research group.
John came up to Cambridge Univeristy to read Natural Sciences, and ended up graduating in Electrical and Information Engineering (EIST), receiving his BA/MEng in 2002. He obtained his D.Phil (PhD) in Materials at Oxford University for his thesis, entitled “Electron spins in fullerenes as prospective qubits”. This was awarded the First Prize by the IoP Quantum Electronics and Photonics division in 2006. From 2005 to 2009 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford, and then a Science Research Fellowship there from 2010-2012.
John serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, and is Physical Sciences chair in Nature Index. In 2008 he was awarded the Nicholas Kurti European Science prize for research involving low temperatures and high magnetic fields and received the Cavendish Medal for Physics at SET for Britain 2008. In 2011, John received a European Research Council Starter Grant. To date, John has graduated 6 PhD students, and has a current group of five PhD students, plus postdoctoral research fellow support. He has published 61 papers with over 2200 citations and has an h-index of 24. He is the recipient of the 2013 IoP Moseley Medal, awarded to early-career researchers for exceptional work in experimental physics.
John has been active in the public engagement of science, and presented an exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibit 2012 entitled "Quantum of Spin".


Neil Stansfield - Head, Centre of Excellence for Technology Innovation: the Knowledge, Innovation, and Futures Enterprise
10:10 - 10:30 Part 1: Quantum Computing - Scene setting

Neil Stansfield is Head of the Knowledge, Innovations and Futures Enterprise, leading the Ministry of Defence strategy and programme for identifying and harnessing emerging and disruptive technologies. Working across the National Security Enterprise and wider HMG, setting National strategy for understanding the implications of emerging technologies on UK defence and security and driving leading innovation programmes to exploit technology for defence advantage and wealth creation.
Prior to this, Neil has spent twenty five years in a range of senior defence and security policy, strategy, and science and technology roles, working across Government and the private sector, nationally and internationally. Areas of responsibility have included chemical and biological defence, arms control, ballistic missile defence, MoD’s maritime S&T programme, and as Deputy Director in the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism.
In 2007 Neil had the privilege of spending a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies, MoD’s most senior leadership development programme.


Colin Williams - Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, D-Wave
10:30 - 11:00 How to build a quantum computer, and why

Colin Williams is Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at D-Wave Systems Inc. Prior to joining D-Wave, Colin was a Senior Research Scientist (SRS) and Program Manager for Advanced Computing Paradigms at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Earlier, as an acting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, he taught courses on quantum computing and quantum communications, and computer-based mathematics. Colin earned his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and wrote Explorations in Quantum Computing, one of the first textbooks in the field.


Zhiliang Yuan - Team Leader, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd
14:35 - 15:05 Securing tomorrow's data using QKD

Zhiliang is a Team Leader at Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. He leads the development of quantum key distribution (QKD) systems for protecting future communication infrastructures. His team has developed the first QKD experiment over 100 km and the first QKD system achieving 1 Mb/s and these breakthroughs have been underpinned by their innovations in the fields of light generation, detection and modulation. He has co-authored >100 refereed scientific papers and filed 40 patents. His current research interests include QKD systems and networks, single photon detection and quantum random number generation.


Committee and Chairs

John Haine - Visiting Fellow, University of Bristol

Professor John Haine is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Bristol University, and also the Chairman of the IoT Security Foundation, whose mission is promote best practice in appropriate security to those who specify, make and use IoT products and systems. John is a member of the IET and IEEE and serves on the CW Board. John has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for BT, Marconi, PA Consulting, and with start-ups including Cognito and Ionica. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A activities; and then became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. He was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access Limited, the leading manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In 2010 he joined Cognovo Ltd, which was acquired by u-blox AG, where he worked on RF platform strategy for future wireless modules. John retired from u-blox in 2015.


Brian Collins - Director, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.


Robert Driver - CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless Ltd)

Bob joined CW as CEO in May 2015. He’s responsible for leading the development of the organisation, broadening its reach with other sectors and clusters, while retaining the unique culture and dynamism of the CW community. Previously Bob was Director for Technology at UK Trade & Investment [UKTI] where he successfully led teams helping UK tech companies to access overseas opportunities, and attracting tech inward investment into the UK. He also coordinated the UKTI science and innovation agenda and was responsible for the delivery of UKTI events from small missions to large trade fairs. Bob first joined UKTI in 2001 as International Trade Director for the East of England Region, and in 2006 became the national UKTI Director for High Technology Sectors.


Sylvia Lu - Senior Algorithm Design & Standards Engineer, u-blox

Sylvia is a Senior Algorithm Design & Standards Engineer. She spent her past seven years actively contributing to the algorithm design and DSP development of wireless technologies in the cellular industry, mainly in physical layer (PHY), standards, architecture and design. Her technical background includes R&D in physical layer from 2G to 4G and UWB. In u-blox, Sylvia leads the link-level simulation activities and contributes to the algorithm design and receiver performance optimisation. She also represents u-blox in 3GPP RAN working groups for emerging standards, including machine-type-communications (MTC). Sylvia has a deep interest in all aspects of cellular systems with a particular focus on 5G and M2M. Sylvia holds a first degree in Electronic Engineering from Birmingham and an MSc. in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol.


Richard Murray - Lead Technologist, Emerging Technologies and Industries, Innovate UK

Richard has spent his career in both the private and public sector turning science into new products and processes. As an ex-employee of TTP, he has worked with many leading UK and American brands, small and medium sized businesses helping them to invest in R&D to stay ahead of the competition. Richard is now Lead Technologist for Innovate UK: a non-departmental government body sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. His goal is to identify big shifts in science and technology which will transform our lives in 10 or more years from now, and to support UK companies in these emerging areas. Richard’s main responsibility is to help companies to access a £270 million investment from UK Government to develop commercial uses for ‘quantum’ technologies. To help UK to be at the forefront of what will be a large global industry, Richard co-authored the UK strategy and roadmap and European manifesto for quantum technologies.


Tim Phipps - Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare

Tim Phipps has built a career working for communications companies in Cambridge. He worked on mobile phone technology, as one of the first employees of TTPCom, which went on to be a FTSE listed company. At Symbionics, he helped to write the standards for WiFi and developed some of the first ICs. Tim now works for Solarflare, which provides the 40Gb Ethernet technology which powers the world's leading stock exchanges and trading companies. Tim is Technical Marketing Manager for a new class of network security products.


Graham Pink - CEO, Orbitil

CEO and founder of Orbitil Ltd (2013-), providing Business Intelligence tools to a range of industries. CEO and founder of IPICSI Ltd (2010-12) the first company in the world to develop microchips in the cloud. A founder of CSR (1999-2010), the most successful fabless semiconductor company in the UK, his roles included SVP Engineering and EVP R&D. The architect of CSR’s industry leading developments in silicon engineering, he grew the department to over 100 specialists with world-class performance.
Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (1984-99) various roles and projects including maintaining CCL’s right first time philosophy for digital ASIC developments. Lucas Aerospace Ltd (1979-84) developing gas turbine and flying control systems. Educated at Oxford University gaining a first in Engineering Science and an Archery Blue. Currently a member of the Boards of Cambridge Wireless, UltraSoC Technologies Ltd, and Orbitil Ltd.


Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall is a founder Director of RTT Programmes, a company specializing in providing technology and engineering consultancy to the wireless industry. A co-author of four books on telecommunications, Geoff has recently completed a series of studies for the GSM Association on the RF Cost economics of handsets and is widely respected for his ability to combine a broad understanding of industry technical issues with economic and business analysis. RTT has been running training workshops and strategic seminars and conferences in Europe for over 20 years. Part of his involvement with CW is to help facilitate the development of new member services including workshops and conferences that can provide the basis for information exchange and business development opportunities for CW members.