KEYNOTE 2 – Dr. Heike Riel (IBM)

Scaling Quantum Computing

Abstract: The last few years have witnessed a strong evolution in quantum computing, making them move from research labs to data centers and easily accessible via the cloud. In this presentation I will provide an overview about our recent progress of our quantum systems based on superconducting quantum processors including processor size, speed, and quality. Integrating new technologies such as advanced packaging, high-density control signal delivery, developing advanced qubit control electronics have already enabled scaling of superconducting quantum processors to 433-qubits. Combined with increases in quality and speed this has driven significant improvements in the performance of quantum computers. Moreover, the computational capabilities of today’s quantum hardware can be extended by tight integration of quantum and classical resources using techniques like circuit knitting to accelerate the path towards quantum advantage. Developing approaches to connect individual quantum processors in various ways with classical as well as quantum communication links enables a modular approach to further scale quantum systems. The discussion of our Quantum Development Roadmap will illustrate the path to continuously increasing performance, capabilities, and value and finally the path towards quantum advantage will be highlighted.

Bio: Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow, Head of Science of Quantum & InformationTechnologies and Lead of IBM Research Quantum EMEA. She leads the Science of Quantum & InformationTechnologies department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Quantum Computing and Technologies, Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and to explore new directions to computing. She is a distinguished expert in semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices, nanotechnology and nanosciences and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She received the master’s in physics from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the PhD in physics from University of Bayreuth and an MBA from Henley Business College. She has authored more than 155 peer-reviewed publications and filed more than 50 patents She has received several prestigious honors, e.g., elected member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences; she was awarded the APS David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics, the Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society, and the 2022 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award. She was honored as Fellow of the American Physical Society, and with an honorary doctorate by Lund University. In February 2022 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.