Dr Colin Williams, D-Wave Systems, UK

Dr. Williams is director of business development at D-Wave Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, a M.Sc. and D.I.C. in atmospheric physics and dynamics from Imperial College, University of London, and a B.Sc. (with Hons.) in mathematical physics from the University of Nottingham. He was formerly a research assistant in general relativity & quantum cosmology to Prof. Stephen W. Hawking, at the University of Cambridge, a research scientist at Xerox PARC, and an acting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Dr Sabine Kolodinski,  GlobalFoundries, Germany

Sabine Kolodinski (diploma in physics from Technical University of Braunschweig / PhD from University of Stuttgart) discovered at Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research the experimental evidence that quantum efficiencies above 1 in well passivated silicon solar cells are possible, leading to "Third Generation Photovoltaics" as new research topic. Since almost 20 years she is engaged in Dresden's microelectronics industry (Siemens, Infineon Technologies, Qimonda, GLOBALFOUNDRIES) currently coordinating R&D projects with universities and research institutes for GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Mr Martin RoettelerMicrosoft Research, USA

Martin Roetteler received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2001. Subsequently, he held a post-doc position at the Institute for Quantum Computing at U Waterloo, a Senior Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories America, and from 2007-2013 was the leader of NEC's Quantum IT group in Princeton.  In 2013, Martin joined Microsoft Research in Redmond as a Senior Researcher.  He worked on projects funded by ARO, NSA, the European Union, and the German DFG. He was the main PI of the IARPA QCS project TORQUE, a joint effort between Raytheon/BBN Technologies, NEC Labs America, U Waterloo, and U Melbourne. He published more than 90 refereed journal and conference papers and is co-author of one book on quantum information.  Martin's research focuses on quantum algorithms and quantum error correction.

Professor Masanao Yamaoka, Hitachi, Japan

Masanao Yamaoka received the B.E., M.E., and ph. D degrees in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1996, 1998, and 2007 respectively. In 1998, he joined the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, where he engaged in the research and development of low-power embedded SRAM and CMOS circuits. Since 2012, he has been engaged in the research of new-paradigm computing using CMOS circuits.

Dr Carlo Reita, LETI, France

Dr. Carlo Reita obtained his Laurea di Dottore in Fisica from Rome University “La Sapienza”. After a post-doc at the Istituto di Elettronica dello Stato Solido of the CNR (Italy) working on a-Si thin film transistors for sensors and displays, he joined the GEC-Marconi Hirst Research Centre in Wembley (UK) as Principal Research Scientist working on poly-Si TFTs device physics and circuit design. Here he was awarded a two years assignment as Royal Society Industrial Fellow at Cambridge University Engineering Department and then joined the Laboratoire Centrale des Recherches of Thomson-CSF in Orsay (France) as Senior Research Scientist. In 1999 he joined the mask maker Align-Rite then Photronics following a merger in 2000. After a period as Sales Manager, he became Technical Marketing Manager and then European R&D Director. In 2005 he joined CEA-Leti as CMOS Advanced Devices Program Manager in in the Silicon Devices Department. Since january 2015 he is Director Technical Marketing and Strategy for the Nanoelectronics sector.