The Future of Computing and the IBM Q Network


By Walter Riess, IBM Research – Zurich and Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center, and Noam Zakay, IBM Corporate Technology and Intellectual Property.

Abstract. This week UMinho, INL, CEiiA and INESC TEC, joined together in the QuantaLab, will sign an agreement for the Minho QHub. This will provide the first connection to the IBM Q quantum machines from Portugal, opening a number of opportunities for both fundamental and applied research in Quantum Computing. The seminar will address:

1. The future of computing and the emergence of quantum computers (by Walter Riess, Head of the Science and Technology Department, at IBM Research - Zurich)

2. Joining the IBM Q Network: Challenges and opportunities (by Noam Zakay is Business Development Executive for IBM Corporate Technology and Intellectual Property).

KeywordsQuantum Computing.

About the Speaker

Walter Riess is Head of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich and coordinator of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center. Dr. Riess studied physics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where which he earned a Ph.D. in 1991 and habilitated in 1996. In 1995, he joined the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory as a research staff member working on organic light-emitting diodes (LED). Dr. Riess has received numerous IBM awards and recognitions, among them the prestigious IBM Corporate Patent Portfolio Award in 2005. In 2007, he received a Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display for his leading contributions to the design and development of a top-emitting large-area active-matrix organic light-emitting display driven by amorphous silicon thin-film transistors. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich.Dr. Riess has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers and holds 70 granted patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the German Physical Society, the Swiss Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

Noam Zakay is Business Development Executive for IBM Corporate Technology and
Intellectual Property. In this position Noam initiates partnering and commercialization of
technologies developed across IBM Research labs worldwide with external parties and
drives them to closure. In his current position, Noam is in charge of initiating business and
growing the IBM Q Network ecosystem across Europe. In his 26 years with IBM, Noam held
various positions with focus on enabling new business missions and strategies.
In recent years, Noam was awarded an IBM Master Deal Maker certification from INSEAD.
Noam holds Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Graduated with honors
from the University of South Florida, Tampa.


Address:  University of Minho, Gualtar campus, Braga, Portugal.

Building. Departamento de Informatica, Building 07.

Networking session: at 10:45AM, Auditorium A2, 1st floor.

Talks session: at 11AM-12PM, Auditorium A2, 1st floor.