Quantum Internet Forum

Federal Communications Commission

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

  • Opening Remarks: Chairman Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission
  • Remarks: FCC Commissioners
  • Keynote Address: David Awschalom, University of Chicago

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM
Panel 1: The Quantum Internet: Theory and Applications

  • Saikat Guha, University of Arizona
  • Paul G. Kwiat, University of Illinois
  • Marco Pistoia, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon

11:35 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel 2: Challenges, Opportunities, and Roadmaps

  • Duncan Earl, Qubitekk
  • Dirk R. Englund, MIT
  • Thaddeus D. Ladd, HRL Laboratories, LLC
  • Kathy-Anne Soderberg, Air Force Research Lab

12:35 PM – 1:30 PM
Panel 3: Global Landscape, Funding, and Workforce Needs

  • Tatjana Curcic, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Science Office
  • Dominique M. Dagenais, National Science Foundation
  • Carol Hawk, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

Unlike classical technologies, quantum information processing harnesses the unique quantum mechanical properties of superposition and entanglement to build systems that promise to revolutionize information processing. These include, for example, data communications that are guaranteed to be secure by the laws of physics and the ability to exponentially speed up certain types of computations by orders of magnitude as compared to classical computing. Applications of quantum information processing to secure communications, computing, and sensing are beginning to make the transition from basic science to early stage technology development and deployment.

The United States government has also identified leadership in quantum as a national priority. For instance, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced on October 7 the launch of Quantum.gov, the official website of the National Quantum Coordination Office, and the release of the Quantum Frontiers Report, which identifies key areas for continued quantum information science research.

All of these factors make it an opportune moment to gather leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the state-of-the-art in quantum networking research and development.