Round Table: Getting closer to quantum technologies

Donostia, Zientzia Hiria

Celia Rogero (CFM CSIC-UPV/EHU); Kepa Ruiz Mirazo (UPV/EHU, IBF); Aitor Moreno (Ayesa); Cristina Sanz (IBM)
San Telmo Museoa, Donostia / San Sebastián
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Round Table: Getting closer to quantum technologies

The quantum technologies that are being developed in different parts of the planet will be very common in the near future. In this round table we will learn about their potential and development from different areas of specialisation, as well as their impact on different social challenges.

This round table will be conducted in Spanish and will be moderated by Javier Aizpurua, director of the Basque Quantum strategy and Ikerbasque Professor at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).

About the speaker


Celia Rogero is Director of the Materials Physics Centre and President of the Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA). She received her PhD from the UAM in 2003. From 2004 to 2009 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and at the Centro de Astrobiología de Madrid, CAB (INTA-CSIC). She is an expert in the study of physico-chemical properties at the nanoscale and her current main line of research, as leader of the Materials for Quantum Technologies Group, is the atomically precise bottom-up fabrication of devices, especially for quantum applications.

Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo is a Solid State Physicist (1994), PhD in Complex Systems from the UPV/EHU (2001), Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrobiology (CAB, 2002) and in Supramolecular Chemistry (Zurich/Rome, 2003-2005), former Ramón y Cajal Researcher (2007-2012) in the area of Humanities (philosophy of biology). Currently, Permanent Doctoral Researcher at the UPV/EHU. Expert in synthetic biology and protocellular models, his main research interest is the problem of the origin of life, approached with different methodologies and posed as a way to deepen the understanding of the epistemological foundations of biology (understood in a universal sense -- not only the biology known on planet Earth).

Aitor Moreno Fdz. de Leceta holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Deusto and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the Basque Country. He is currently the head of the Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing Department at Ayesa and principal researcher in quantum technologies at Ibermática Fundazioa. He is also professor of the BigData and Quantum Computing Programme at the University of Deusto, professor of the Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing Programme at the University of Navarra and professor of Automatisms and Control at the University of the Basque Country, among others. He manages projects related to the implementation of systems based on quantum optimisation and simulation in hybrid systems, mainly focused on the automatic extraction and inference of relations and knowledge in the form of semantic graphs.

Como Engagement Manager en IBM Quantum, Cristina Sanz es responsable de los Quantum Innovation Centers de Euskadi. Su vínculo con Euskadi viene de su doctorado en física por la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), que desarrolló entre el DIPC y el Centro de Física de Materiales de Donostia (CSIC-UPV/EHU). Tras casi dos años como desarrolladora de software cuántico, se unió el año pasado al equipo de IBM para llevar la relación con el proyecto de Basque Quantum, el IBM-Euskadi Quantum Computational Center, con la instalación del IBM Quantum System One en Donostia.