THE 1QBit BLOG

Our point of view and announcements from the field.

1QBit Presenting at OPCW Conference

November 10, 2016

1QBit has been invited to speak at the Twenty-First Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention on November 28, 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands. 1QBit President Landon Downs will give a presentation on developments in emerging technologies and their implications for global security. The conference of the State Parties consists of all 192 members of the OPCW. 

OPCW Conference

 

An Intimate Talk with Machine Learning Leaders

October 26, 2016

The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum and Science World is hosting leading experts in a conversation on how machine learning is changing the way we live on November 1st. 1QBit Applied Researcher Jaspreet Oberoi will join panelists Georgie Rose Founder CTO D-Wave, Jeff Herbst VP Business Development Nvidia, Toufic Boubez VP Engineering Splunk, Mike Gelbart Machine Learning Lecturer UBC, and moderator Moe Kermani Managing Partner Vanedge Capital to discuss: What is hype and what is reality in Machine Learning? How will businesses be impacted? and Where will the talent for this industry come from?
Following the panel discussion, Jaspreet will present on the topic of Leveraging Quantum Computing for Machine Learning.

VEF: An Intimate Talk with Machine Learning Leaders

The 7th Annual Stevens Conference on High Frequency Finance and Analytics

October 12, 2016

1QBit will be speaking on November 4, 2016 at the 7th Annual Stevens Conference on High Frequency Finance and Analytics on Redefining Finance Problems with Quantum Tools. Maxwell Rounds, 1QBit Finance Specialist, will present research and applications of quantum software tools at the Big Data Presentation session. Application examples will include minimum variance portfolio construction using the Quantum-Ready Hierarchical Risk Parity (QHRP) algorithm which utilizes a type of clustering from unsupervised machine learning to increase the robustness of the out-of-sample results. QHRP uses a quantum solver to form a tree-like hierarchy of stocks from the investable pool. From this hierarchy, the algorithm builds a portfolio using a minimum variance calculation at each level. By traversing up the three from the lowest branches, we obtain a portfolio composed of all of the assets in the investable pool while utilizing the data’s structure to lower risk.  

2016 HF Conference Program

Redefining Finance Problems with Quantum Tools Presentation at Axioma Quantitative Forum

October 11, 2016

1QBit will be speaking on November 1, 2016 in New York at the Axioma Quantitative Forum. The AQF brings together leading practitioners and researchers who present their latest work on quantitative investment strategies, superior portfolio construction, and optimal portfolio trading. Maxwell Rounds, 1QBit Finance Specialist, will present research and applications of quantum software tools in areas of finance, including portfolio optimization.

AQF Registration

Landon Downs to Speak at World Economic Forum: India Economic Summit in New Delhi

October 3, 2016

1QBit has been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit in New Delhi on October 6 – 7, 2016. Under the theme of Fostering an Inclusive India through Digital Transformation, the event will convene regional and global leaders from business, government, and civil society to explore how to collectively shape policies for inclusive growth and harness the technological shifts behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 


1QBit’s President Landon Downs has been invited to speak at the opening plenary session: India’s Fourth Industrial Revolution.   

The session will focus on how the confluence of emerging technologies and rapid digitization poses new possibilities for India to leapfrog into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The panel will discuss how India can ensure it gets this right.

Moderated by Time Magazine’s Nikhil Kumar, the session will be available via live broadcast. 

Speakers:
Landon Downs – President, 1QB Information Technologies (1QBit)
Naushad Forbes – President, Confederation of Indian Industry and Co-Chairman Forbes Marshall
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu – Minister of Railways, Ministry of Railways of India
John Rice – Vice-Chairman, General Electric


World Economic Forum India Economic Summit Overview  |  Live Broadcast: India’s Fourth Industrial Revolution

1QBit Symposium Series: Mathematical Programming and Quantum Optimization

September 30, 2016

The 1QBit Symposium Series is designed to bring together experts across the diverse fields and industries exploring and progressing the applications of quantum computing. Invited talks will be given in the areas of optimization, mathematics, graph theory, physics, optimization, and computer engineering to foster initiatives for interdisciplinary collaboration and shared learning.
The inaugural symposium Mathematical Programming and Quantum Optimization will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1QBit’s office in downtown Vancouver. Invited speakers in mathematics and computer science include Bruce Shepherd of McGill University, and Mark Schmidt, Michael P. Friedlander, Nick Harvey, and Lars Kotthaff from the University of British Columbia. 1QBit researchers Hamed Karimi, Pooya Ronagh, and Sahar Karimi will also present talks on the quantum adiabatic evolution, neuro-dynamic programming using quantum Boltzmann machines, and techniques for solving the Lagrangian dual of a constrained problem. 

Symposium Series: Mathematical Programming and Quantum Optimization (PDF) 

1QBit Invited to Brief UN on Technology Developments in AI

September 20, 2016

1QBit has been invited to speak at the United Nations at a side event organized by the UN Group of Friends of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) on September 29, 2016 in New York. 1QBit President Landon Downs will give a presentation on developments in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and their implications for global security. Fellow speakers in the session will include Wendell Wallach of Yale University, Edward H. You, FBI Special Agent for the Biological Countermeasures Unit, UK Ministry of Defense’s Stuart Cairns, and Pierre Viaud, Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of SICPA.  

Event Overview  |  Programme  |  Recorded Session Video (1QBit presentation begins at 2:14)

Fall 2016 West Coast Optimization Meeting

September 16, 2016

1QBit is proud to sponsor the West Coast Optimization Meeting (WCOM) to be held on October 1, 2016 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. The meeting takes place twice a year and brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the theory and applications of optimization. WCOM has a long tradition of being small, informal, informative, and free for attendees. Notable speakers this fall include John Duchi from the Department of Computer Science at Stanford. John is known for, among other things, the AdaGrad algorithm which has some intriguing theoretical properties and is one of the most popular stochastic gradient variants for training deep neural networks.

WCOM registration and schedule

Quantum Computing: Implications for Portfolio Managers

August 23, 2016

What are the implications of quantum-based technology for portfolio managers and others working in the field of computational finance? This article released by the Journal of Investing, written by 1QBit’s Dr. Phil Goddard, introduces some of the fundamental concepts of quantum computing and presents an example of using a quantum annealer to solve a multiperiod portfolio optimization problem.

Journal of Investing article

Insights from Inside the Annual Adiabatic Quantum Computing Conference at Google

July 4, 2016 At the end of June, several members of the 1QBit team headed to the Google’s Los Angeles campus for the annual adiabatic quantum computing (AQC) conference. 1QBit’s was selected to present our research on the IQPVAR method for boosting the success probability of quantum annealers, alongside other presenters including Hartmut Neven, Sergio Boixo, and …
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