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March 28th, 2019


Moore Auditorium | O'Brien Centre for Science (East) | UCD | Dublin | Ireland


UCD/IBM Quantum Technologies Colloquium 2019

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The Speakers



Dr Elena Blokhina

Assistant Professor

University College Dublin

Dr Elena Blokhina received the Habilitation degree in electronic engineering from UPMC Sorbonne Universities, France, in 2017, the Ph.D. degree in physical and mathematical sciences and the M.Sc degree in physics from Saratov State University, Russia, in 2006 and 2002 respectively. She is currently a lecturer at the UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the coordinator of the Circuits and Systems Research Group.


Dr Blokhina is a Senior member of IEEE and the Chair Elect of the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems. She had been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for the term 2013-2015 and has been re-elected for the term 2016-2018. She has served as a member of organising committees, review and programme committees, session chair and track chair at many leading international conferences on circuits, systems and electronics including the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. Dr Blokhina has served as the Programme Co-Chair of the first edition of IEEE Next Generation of Circuits and Systems Conference 2017 and of the IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems 2018. In 2016-2017, Dr Blokhina was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, and since 2018 she is the Deputy Editor in Chief of that Journal.


Her research interests include the analysis, design, modelling and simulations of systems, circuits and networks with a particular focus on  complex, emerging and multi-physics systems.

Prof Monique Laurent

CWI Research Centre Scientific Staff Member, MT member, Professor - Universiteit Tilburg

Monique Laurent obtained her PhD in Mathematics at the University Paris Diderot in 1986. During her PhD studies she was a visiting researcher at New York University in the period 1984-1986. After two years as researcher at CNET (Paris) she became in 1988 researcher at CNRS, affiliated first with University Paris Dauphine and from 1992 with Ecole Normale Superieure. In 1990-1992 she visited the Institute of Discrete Mathematics in Bonn as a Humboldt Fellow. From 1997 she joined CWI as senior researcher. She was group leader of Networks and Optimizaton (N&O) between 2005 and 2016, and since 2016 she is a member of the CWI Management Team. She is also affiliated as a part-time full professor at Tilburg University since 2009.

Dr Dirk Leipold



Dirk Leipold is the CEO of equal1.labs, a self-founded startup company. He envisions the development of a silicon based high speed quantum core using foundry technologies, enabling system on a chip design with integrated quantum bits. Dirk Leipold has received his master thesis in quantum optics and his PhD degree in optoelectronics from the University of Konstanz, Germany. He has worked for 25 years in the field of device physics and RF circuit designs, and he has authored and co-authored over 50 papers and created over 150 patents. His product designs have been used in over 1 Billion cell phones, and he has significantly contributed to the development of Bluetooth, WiFi, LTE, and 5G standards.

Dr Radu Marinescu

Research Staff Member

IBM Research - Ireland

Dr Marinescu's research interests are in the field of automated reasoning in Artificial Intelligence. His focus is primarily on modeling and solving reasoning problems over graphical models. Graph based models, such as Bayesian and constraint networks, influence diagrams and Markov decision processes, have become a central paradigm for knowledge representation and reasoning in both Artificial Intelligence and computer science in general. These models use graphs (directed or undirected) that provide an intuitively appealing mechanism by which one can model highly interacting sets of variables. This allows for a concise representation of the knowledge that lends itself naturally to the design of efficient graph-based query processing algorithms. The guiding principle behind his approach to developing efficient algorithms for these models is to exploit the structural information that is revealed by the underlying graphical model. Dr Marinescu received his PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine, USA.

Prof Gary McGuire

Full Professor of Mathematics

University College Dublin

Prof McGuire is a member of the Applied Algebra group at UCD. He works in the mathematical foundations of cryptography and security. His area of expertise is in the mathematics of finite fields and related topics in algebraic geometry and combinatorics. He was formerly Director of the Claude Shannon Institute for Discrete Mathematics, Coding and Cryptography. His research addresses core aspects of digital security, namely data preservation and integrity (error-correction), data privacy (secure protocols) and secrecy (post-quantum cryptography).

Dr Martin Mevissen

Research Staff Member and Manager - Optimization & Control

IBM Research - Ireland

Dr Mevissen's research interests include mathematical optimization, operations research, nonlinear dynamical systems and control theory. He is particularly interested in large-scale nonlinear optimization, semidefinite programming, moment methods, optimization under uncertainty, and applications of mathematical optimization to hard, nonlinear problems.

Dr Krzysztof Pomorski

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University College Dublin

Dr Pomorski's research focuses on modelling of semiconductor and superconducting qubits from the fundamental perspective. He also designs and models new types of superconducting detectors and Josephson junctions. Additional research interests include the description of Artificial Life and Artificial Intelligence in the framework of methods of theoretical physics.

Prof Bogdan Staszewski

SFI Research Professor

University College Dublin

R. Bogdan Staszewski received BSEE (summa cum laude), MSEE and PhD from University of Texas at Dallas, USA, in 1991, 1992 and 2002, respectively. From 1991 to 1995 he was with Alcatel in Richardson, Texas. He joined Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas in 1995. In 1999 he co-started a Digital RF Processor (DRP) group in TI with a mission to invent new digitally-intensive approaches to traditional RF functions. Prof. Staszewski served as a CTO of the DRP group between 2007 and 2009. In July 2009 he joined Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he currently holds a guest appointment of a Visiting Full Professor ("Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hoogleraar"). Since Sept. 2014 he has been a Full Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. He has co-authored five books, five book chapters, 240 journal and conference publications, and holds 170 issued US patents. His research interests include nanoscale CMOS architectures and circuits for frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers. He is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of 2012 IEEE Circuits and Systems Industrial Pioneer Award (

Dr Jiri Vala

Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics

Maynooth University

Dr. Jiri Vala is a senior lecturer at Maynooth University, and is the founder and coordinator of the Virtual Institute for Quantum Technologies ( and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of QuantERA, ERA Net in Quantum Technologies. Dr. Vala joined the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University from the University of California at Berkeley as a recipient of the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award 2005, sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland. The award was provided to allow him and his team to establish research in topological phases and topological quantum computing in Ireland. His research is focused on theoretical aspects of both conventional and topological quantum computing and quantum control.







Welcome from UCD and IBM Research-Ireland


Dr Martin Mevissen (IBM Research) - “Intro to IBM Q”


Prof Monique Laurent (CWI Research Centre) - “Bounds for quantum graph parameters by conic and polynomial optimisation”


Coffee Break


Prof Gary McGuire (UCD) - “Post Quantum Cryptography”


Dr Jiri Vala (Maynooth University) - “Quantum control in quantum information processing”


Dr Krzysztof Pomorski (UCD) - “From Two Types of Electrostatic Position-Dependent Semiconductor Qubits to Quantum Universal Gates and Hybrid Semiconductor-Superconducting Quantum Computer”


Light Lunch with IBM Q Demonstration


Dr Radu Marinescu (IBM Research-Ireland) - "On the Complexity of Quantum Circuit Compilation”


Dr Elena Blokhina (UCD) - “Towards simulation of the CMOS quantum computer on a chip”


Dr Dirk Leipold (CEO of Equal1.labs) - “An Introduction to Equal1, Ireland's first Quantum Hardware Start-up”


Prof Bogdan Staszewski (UCD) - “Quantum Computer on a Chip”


Panel Discussion on the Future of Quantum Computing

Prof Bogdan Staszewski, Dr Dirk Leipold, Dr Jakub Marecek, & Dr Jiri Vala. Chair: Dr Martin Mevissen 


Event Closes

The Venue

Moore Auditorium | O'Brien Centre for Science (East) | UCD | Dublin | Ireland

Please click here for an interactive map of UCD that shows the location of The O’Brien Centre for Science (East). It is a short walk from the main UCD entrance on the N11. The main colloquium sessions will be held in the George Moore Auditorium on the Ground Floor of the building, on the left-hand side of the main foyer, beside the elevators. Coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Ground Floor Atrium, beside the George Moore Auditorium.

Transport options: UCD is easily accessible by public transport. We strongly recommend that delegates travel to the conference by public transport as car parking will be limited. A useful online guide to getting to UCD is available to help you plan your journey.