Chat with Lockheed Martin and Dwave Quantum Computer Experts via Twitter

Join quantum computing experts from Lockheed Martin, the University of Southern California and D-Wave Systems as they “borrow” their companies’ Twitter accounts to discuss the latest in speedy qubits and the quantum evolution.

Tweet your questions to @LockheedMartin, @USCViterbi or @dwavesys with the #QuantumChat hashtag starting Nov. 7. @LockheedMartin will moderate the chat and pose questions beginning at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Nov. 14. Questions will be selected from those tweeted with the #QuantumChat hashtag between now and the end of the chat.

A Chat transcript will be at storify. Storify has other Lockheed chat transcripts like talks about F-35 and other topics.

Dwave was also featured on TV show NOVA

Meet the Quantum Computing Experts

Greg Tallant, Lockheed Martin Program Manager, USC-LM Quantum Computing Center

Greg Tallant serves as the program manager for the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center, as well as the manager of the Fort Worth Flight Control and VMS Integration initiative for Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® team.

During a 20+ year career with the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, Mr. Tallant has held increasingly responsible positions in the engineering management and development of advanced flight control systems. He has extensive experience in the research and development of inner- and outer-loop control systems for both manned and unmanned aircraft with an emphasis on intelligent adaptive learning control of autonomous systems.

Tallant has served as the Capture Lead, Program Manager, and Principle Investigator on numerous CRAD and IRAD programs related to flight control and VMS development. He also provides strategy development and planning for flight control related technology efforts for Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works®.

Denny Dahl, Senior Research Scientist, D-Wave Systems, Inc.

Dr. Edward (Denny) Dahl specializes in algorithm research, training and technical support at the Burnaby, British Columbia-based D-Wave Systems—home of the world’s first commercial quantum computing system.

Prior to joining D-Wave Systems in 2012, Dr. Dahl worked at a number of companies (eBay, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Travelers Insurance, Western Asset Management, Williams Sonoma, Kroger, Walgreens, Teradata) providing architectural and development services related to batch and real-time data processing. He also worked at Thinking Machines Corporation, where he obtained a patent for novel work in message routing, and a number of start-up companies where he focused on high volume/high complexity RDBMS environments.

Dr. Dahl received his PhD in physics from Stanford University in 1985 and performed postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Labs.

Federico Spedalieri, Computer Scientist, University of Southern California

Dr. Federico Spedalieri serves at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), where he works to bridge the gap between the adiabatic quantum computing model (and its incarnation in the form of the D-Wave Two) and applications to fields such as model checking, natural language processing, scheduling and planning, complex system design and more. He is also actively studying the physics behind the operation of D-Wave Two, aiming at understanding the roles that quantum-ness and entanglement play in its operation, and designing experiments to validate these studies.

Dr. Spedalieri obtained his degree of Licenciado en Ciencias Fisicas from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1994, and his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2003. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and at the EE Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Spedalieri joined the USC Information Sciences Institute in 2010. His pioneering research on the application of semi-definite programming methods in quantum information has been published in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review A, and cited more than 200 times.

Italy Hen, Computer Scientist, University of Southern California

Dr. Italy Hen serves at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), where his main area of research is adiabatic quantum computation, including algorithms, complexity, simulations and implementation.

Dr. Hen received his Ph. D. in particle physics at Tel-Aviv University in 2009. He was appointed a post-doctoral fellow in theoretical condensed matter at Georgetown University in 2008, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in theoretical condensed matter and quantum computing at UC Santa Cruz in 2012.

Dr. Hen spent a year as a senior scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, as a part of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a collaborative effort among NASA, Google, and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to explore the potential for quantum computers to tackle optimization problems that are difficult or impossible for traditional computers to handle. Hen also held a research associate position with the Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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