EXECUTIVE SUMMIT ON QUANTUM COMPUTING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Wednesday, 7 April 2021 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 ET
United States Congressman Bill Foster
Policy Issues in AI and Quantum Computing
With the advent of a new Administration and a new U.S. Congress, bipartisan support is apparent for increased investment in the emerging fields of AI and quantum computing. Policy issues include balancing between capacity-building fundamental open research and applied competitive research with immediate national security and commercial implications; dealing with the voracious appetite for data in a way that preserves individual privacy; and providing fair access to computing power and datasets to both start-up and incumbent organizations. Nonetheless, the public and political enthusiasm is real, and may result in a “Sputnik”-like moment that will propel enormous advancements in these fields.
Dr. Christoph Zindel, Board Member at Siemens Healthineers
Digital Transformation of Healthcare through Artificial Intelligence:
The healthcare industry faces many challenges: Population increase, staff shortages, limited access to healthcare in major parts of the world, increasingly complex diagnostics and treatment, just to name a few. To meet these challenges, digitalization is key. Artificial intelligence enables us to automate diagnostics and more individualized treatment, supporting higher productivity, reducing error rates, and bringing healthcare to rural areas. However, AI needs high quality health data – the most private information we have – for training of algorithms. This requires patients’ consent and trust. Ensuring data privacy and adequate data management are essential to the healthcare industry to obtain and keep the license to operate from society, patients and healthcare providers. And, while quantum computing could allow for dramatically faster analysis of huge data lakes and can be considered disruptive, it also calls for new encryption and security approaches, for example: post-quantum cryptography.
Maëva Ghonda, African Scientist and Editor of the IEEE Quantum Computing Newsletter
Quantum Computing for Sustainability:
Quantum computers could become the breakthrough products that expand our capabilities to contribute significantly to the sustainability goals adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015. These Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), i.e. the Global Goals, serve as an action plan towards achieving transformational aims for our global society. This vital blueprint defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” as presented to the UN General Assembly in 1987.
The global pandemic shattered progress made towards the UN SDGs. The extraordinary power of quantum computers could accelerate sustainability innovations that help restore the advances decimated during the COVID-19 crisis. While the use of quantum computers is still in exploratory stages, innovations realized during these important experimental phases could drastically advance our global society’s progress towards substantial attainment of the UN SDGs. For instance, UN SDG #3 addresses good health and well-being. Discoveries stemming from quantum machine learning (QML) research could become the essential catalyst that speeds up intelligent data processing of the hyper-complex data estates which challenges experts in the transformational field of Personalized Medicine. QML advances that help solve the multifaceted data management challenges in Personalized Medicine could result in significant progress towards this priority health and well-being goal.
Dr. Gil Alterovitz, Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Artificial Intelligence R&D from Lab to Practice:
A number of compelling use cases for AI have arisen in a variety of domains, including healthcare, where trustworthy AI has a number of implications. In this talk, these aspects and others will be explored as we look to the future in this emerging field. This presentation will also cover recent research advances, applications in COVID-19, and AI Tech Sprint run by National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the VA. There are a number of resulting applications, including Clinical Trial Selector empowers 9+ million Veterans and 50+ million CMS beneficiaries to search for clinical trials- and recently got production data access.
Dr. Dorin Comaniciu, Senior Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation at Siemens Healthineers
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Computing Power in Healthcare:
From Diagnosis to Digital Twin: The fast increase in computing power helps artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare to transition from hype to value creation. To explain the AI impact, we define four hierarchical levels of healthcare data generation and processing of increasing complexity. They cover human body imaging and sensing, integrated diagnostics, decision making and therapy, including digital twin, and process optimization. We discuss the future AI trends for healthcare and assess the groundbreaking promises of quantum computing.
Mr. Murray Thom, Vice President of Software and Cloud Services at D-Wave Systems, Inc.
Practical Quantum Computing in Medicine:
Quantum Computing is already revolutionizing how businesses operate across industries. In this presentation, Murray Thom will outline what quantum computing is, how it is impacting Fortune 1000 businesses today, and what applications the technology will create in the coming years, with a special emphasis on how quantum is transforming the medical field.
Mr. Taro Shimada, Executive Officer, Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Toshiba Corporation, President and CEO at Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, CEO and Representative Director at Toshiba Data Corporation
Enabling the Quantum Internet of the Future:
The dawning of the internet age in the 1990s changed the world with the advent of instant communications, e-commerce and access to massive amounts of information. We are now entering the next world-changing era, the quantum age, which promises compute power millions of times faster than previously achievable. We see on the horizon the natural progression from the classical internet to the quantum internet. Today my talk will address the building blocks of the quantum internet including secure communications via quantum key distribution (QKD), entangled photons and quantum repeaters.
Dr. Michele Mosca, CEO at evolutionQ
Toward Prosperity and Resilience in the Quantum Era:
Quantum technologies harness the previously untamed power and properties of the quantum laws of nature. The impacts of these technologies, which are advancing rapidly, may be astronomical and thus quantum readiness is essential. I will outline the steps toward quantum readiness which includes both preparing to benefit from its positive potential and mitigating its intrinsic risks.
Mr. Mike Brown, Chief Technology Officer at ISARA Corporation
Preparing Health Care for the Quantum Age:
The coming age of quantum computers will provide tremendous benefits to Health Care, in terms of targeted medicines and improvements to materials science. But it will also require a sea change in how we use cryptography to protect patient information. This talk will explore those implications and how you should prepare.
Dr. Paul Lopata, Principal Director Quantum Science at The Pentagon, Office of the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense
A U.S. Department of Defense Perspective on Quantum Computing: The Need for Long-Term Thinking
This talk highlights the importance of long-term thinking when looking to take advantage of these new quantum computing machines.