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Symposium Titled “Next Generation Computer Creates New Business” Held

July 4, 2019

Next-generation computers are expected to be able to instantly process massive amounts of information and create new businesses amid the dissemination of big data, IoT and AI technology. The state of the art of these computers are known as “annealing machines.”

Against this backdrop, on May 20, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a symposium focused on the topic of annealing machines. Bringing together over 500 participants, the symposium focused on quantum annealing machines, which are a type of quantum computer, and experts in the field of annealing machines and representatives of pioneering companies engaging in development of applications and leading companies overseas held presentations to explain the trends in the most advanced development, domestic and overseas efforts for applying such machines to businesses and the further future potential of such machines.

Summary of the symposium

In the symposium, representatives of cutting-edge user companies, leading experts in the field and representatives of leading overseas companies held presentations to explain the trends in the most advanced development, case examples of the efforts for applying annealing machines to businesses and the further potential of such machines.

The video clips on the details of the symposium* have been publicized on the YouTube website. To view them, click the titles of the respective speeches below.

Program Title of speech / speaker Material of speech
Session 1: The Potential of Quantum Computers / Annealing Machines (1)
Opening remarks 1 Purpose for holding the symposiumlink
Mr. Keita Nishiyama, Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Opening remarks 2 Quantum Computer / Annealing Machine Research at Waseda Universitylink
Mr. Aiji Tanaka, President, Waseda University
Material of speech 1PDF
Speech by guest of honor 1 The Potential for Quantum Computing in the Field of AIlink
Mr. Yuki Hamada, CPO, Mercari, Inc.
Speech by guest of honor 2 Anticipation for Future Computing Technology in the Financial Sectorlink
Mr. Katsunori Tanizaki, Director Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.; Senior Managing Executive Officers, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Material of speech 2PDF
Keynote speech 1 Developments in the Basic Theory of Quantum Annealinglink
Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimori, Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Speech by invited speaker 1 Practical Quantum Computinglink
Mr. Dan J. Cohrs, Chief Financial Officer, D-Wave Systems, Inc.
Material of speech 3PDF
Session 2: Potential of Quantum Computers / Annealing Machines (2)
Keynote speech 2 Solving Problems and Creating Value with Ising Machineslink
Mr. Hiromichi Shinohara, Chairman of the Board, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation; Vice Chair, Examination Committee, Keidanren (current position: Vice Chair, Keidanren)
Material of speech 4PDF
Speech by invited speaker 2 The Opportunities and Challenges of Applicable Quantum Annealinglink
Mr. Pooya Ronagh, Head, Hardware Innovation Lab, 1QBit
Material of speech 5PDF
Session 3: Front-Line Efforts for Creating New Businesses with Annealing Machines
Introduction Current Situation of Development of Annealing Machines in Japanlink
Mr. Nobuhiko Tanaka, Director, Device Industry and Digital Consumer Electronics Strategy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Material of speech 6PDF
Speech 1 Creating New Markets with Digital Annealer
Mr. Takeshi Horie, Corporate Executive Officer, Fujitsu Limited
Material of speech 7PDF
Speech 2 Industry User Hub Development in Waseda University through Common Software Platformslink
Mr. Nozomu Togawa, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Material of speech 8PDF
Front Line of Efforts for New Business Cultivation through Hubs of User Companies
Speech 3 Expectations for Quantum Annealing from Magnetic Materialslink
Mr. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Section Head, Next-generation Electronic Components Development Division, TDK Corporation
Material of speech 9PDF
Speech 4 Applications of Annealing Machines in Digital Marketinglink
Mr. Kotaro Tanahashi, Lead Engineer, Recruit Communications Co., Ltd.
Material of speech 10PDF
Speech 5 The Future of the Automotive Industry with Quantum Annealerslink
Mr. Masayoshi Terabe, Project Assistant Manager, Advanced Research & Innovation Center, Denso Corporation
Material of speech 11PDF
Speech 6 Materials Informatics Method Using Quantum Annealinglink
Mr. Ryo Tamura, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS); Lecturer, the University of Tokyo
Material of speech 12PDF
Front Line of Efforts for Development of Annealing Machines
Speech 7 Recent Developments in Ising Computer Hardwarelink
Mr. Shiro Kawabata, Group Leader, Nanoelectronics Research Institute, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); Sub-program Director, MEXT-Quantum Leap Flagship Program (MEXT Q-LEAP)
Material of speech 13PDF
Speech 8 A Quantum Annealing System Based on NEC’s Superconducting “Parametron” and Its Advantageslink
Mr. Yuichi Nakamura, Vice President, Central Research Labs, NEC Corporation
Material of speech 14PDF
Speech 9 Overview of CMOS Annealing Machinelink
Mr. Masanao Yamaoka, Senior Researcher, Center for Technology Innovation-Electronics, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Material of speech 15PDF
Closing remarks
Remarks Closing remarkslink
Mr. Kiyoshi Imai, Executive Director, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Organizers: METI and NEDO
Co-organizers: Waseda University, NEC Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., AIST, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and Fujitsu Limited
Supporters: Keidanren and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)
Secretariat: Toyota Tsusho Corporation

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