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METI to Hold a Symposium on Quantum Computing Technologies

February 18, 2019

On March 11 (Mon.) and 18 (Mon.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) will jointly hold events titled “Symposium on Quantum Computing Technologies” at venues in Kyoto and Tokyo, respectively. The symposium aims to provide an opportunity for participants to enhance their technical knowledge on gate-type quantum computers, annealing machines and other quantum computing technologies, by viewing the latest trends and examining case examples of research activities involving these technologies.

1. Details of the symposium

METI has been advancing the MITOU Target Program, an initiative commissioned to the IPA, as part of the efforts for fostering IT human resources in cutting-edge fields that take advantage of next-generation IT.

METI hereby announces that on March 11 (Mon.) and 18 (Mon.), 2019, METI and IPA will hold two events titled “Symposium on Quantum Computing Technologies” targeting two categories of the project, i.e., annealing and gate-type quantum computers, aiming to contribute to Japan’s economic development in the future.

2. Dates and venues

Symposium in Kyoto:
Date and time: March 11 (Mon.), 2019; from 13:00 to 18:00

Symposium in Tokyo:
Date and time: March 18 (Mon.), 2019; from 13:00 to 18:00

3. Program (tentative)

For confirmation of the latest information, visit the IPA website below:

Symposium in Kyoto:

Keynote speech

Topic: Quantum Annealing Applications with the DW-2000Q
Speaker: Dr. Edward Denny Dahl
Principal Research Scientist, D-Wave Systems Inc.

Panel discussion

Explanation of successful projects under the MITOU Target Project

Individual-based session:

Symposium in Tokyo:

Keynote speech

Topic: Benchmarking NISQ-era quantum processors
Speaker: Dr. Jay Gambetta
IBM Fellow and Global Lead of Quantum Computing Theory, Software, and Applications

Panel discussion

Explanation of successful projects under the MITOU Target Project

Individual-based session:

4. How to apply

If you wish to attend the symposium, visit the IPA website here and complete the application procedure.

Reference: Outline of the MITOU program

IPA has been working on the MITOU program since FY2000 to discover and foster outstanding individuals (IT creators) who have ideas and skills unique enough to create innovative products and services through the utilization of IT and those who are able to utilize these innovative advances.

The MITOU program is characterized by the point that project managers or experts on the frontlines of the industrial world and themselves have outstanding talent and achievements are able to discover promising individuals and invite them to the program and support them in developing unique efforts.

Moreover, IPA started the MITOU Target Project in FY2018 through which IPA will support MITOU IT human resources in engaging in basic technologies and cross-sectoral technological innovations, focusing on cutting-edge fields as subjects that have the potential to dramatically change society by taking advantage of innovative, next-generation IT.

For more information, visit the IPA website below:

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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