THE 1QBit BLOG

Our point of view and announcements from the field.

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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1QBit Presenting at AQC at Google Los Angeles

June 20, 2016

1QBit will be presenting on June 29, 2016 at the Adiabatic Quantum Computing (AQC) conference to be held at Google Los Angeles. Researcher Gili Rosenberg’s talk titled “Boosting quantum annealer performance via quantum persistence” will outline a new method of using a quantum annealer developed by 1QBit’s research team that significantly improves success metrics, when compared with calling the quantum annealer alone, even when using fewer annealing cycles. Use of the method results in a considerable improvement even for problems with high-precision couplers and biases. 1QBit will be presenting alongside notable speakers who include Hartmut Neven, Sergio Boixo, John Martinis and Vasil Denchev (Google), Helmut Katzgraber (Texas A&M), Andrew King (D-Wave), and Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (NASA).

AQC conference and program   |   Presentation video

Japan’s Nikkei Computer Interview with Landon Downs on Quantum Computing via Quantum Annealing and What’s Next for Quantum Software

May 31, 2016 1QBit co-founder and President Landon Downs was interviewed by Nikkei Computer during the 2016 Canadian-Japanese Scientific & Cultural Exchange Meeting on Quantum Computing via Quantum Annealing, which is taking place on May 30 – 31, 2016, in Tokyo. Nikkei Computer: What is the latest general business situation of D-Wave & 1QBit? Landon …
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1QBit to Present at 2016 Canadian-Japanese Scientific and Cultural Exchange Meeting on Quantum Computing via Quantum Annealing

May 22, 2016

Given the rich heritage Canadian and Japanese scientists have in quantum annealing, the Embassy of Canada in Japan and the Government of the Province of British Columbia have announced a Scientific and Cultural Exchange Meeting on the topic of “Quantum Computing via Quantum Annealing”. The meeting is designed to foster closer ties between Canada and Japan in the interest of exploring the application of quantum annealing to challenging computational problems and to stimulate future developments of this exciting technology. There will be presentations by senior Canadian and Japanese government officials, representatives from Canadian companies including the CEO of D-Wave Systems and the President of 1QBit, as well as academics from Canadian and Japanese institutions with an interest in quantum computing.

Conference overview   |   Conference programme