QSNP

Building the next generation of European quantum technologies

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About the event

Quantum Communications in Europe: Building the next generation of European Quantum Technologies is a premier gathering of experts, researchers, and industry leaders in the field of quantum communication technologies.

This event aims to foster collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange to advance the development and deployment of European quantum technologies.

Programme

Speakers

Salvador Estevan

Salvador Estevan

Ministry of Digital Transformation and Public Funtion, Spanish Government, Director General de Digitalización e Inteligencia Artificial

Salvador Estevan Martínez, formerly Deputy Director General at the General Secretariat of Digital Administration, managed digital transformation strategies and international e-government relations. Now, as Director General of Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, appointed in 2021, he leads strategic planning for digital transformation and coordinates digitalization plans under Spain Digital 2025 and the Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan. He holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2005) and completed the Leadership Program for Public Management at IESE Business School (2014-2015).

Gustav Kalbe

Gustav Kalbe

Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, European Comission, Acting Director

Dr. Gustav Kalbe, with a PhD in Physics from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, began his career in photonic networks before joining the European Commission in 1998. Over the years, he managed research projects in quantum technologies and cybersecurity. In 2014, he became Head of Unit for Administration & Finance, later leading the High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology unit. By 2018, he spearheaded the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, serving as Interim Executive Director. Appointed Deputy to the Director of DG Connect C in 2021, he currently serves as Acting Director of the same department.

Valerio Pruneri

Valerio Pruneri

ICFO, Coordinator of QSNP

Valerio is an ICREA Industrial Professor and Corning Inc. chair at ICFO, he leads the Quantum Flagship project Quantum Secure Networks Partnership (QSNP) and the spanish initiative for EuroQCI, related to quantum communications. Previously worked in industry, he holds over 50 patents, an h-index of 58, and has contributed to the creation of three spin-offs. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Philip Morris Prize and IBM Faculty Award.

Stephanie Wehner

Stephanie Wehner

TuDelft/QuTech, Coordinator of QIA

Stephanie, an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in quantum information at TU Delft, leads the European Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), focusing on large-scale quantum network realization. She is member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received the KNAW Ammodo award and co-founded QCRYPT. She was also Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, and a professional hacker in the industry.

Niko Mohr

Niko Mohr

Expert Partner, McKinsey

Niko leads McKinsey Digital in Germany and the global IoT and quantum technology communities. He has extensive consulting experience. Niko specializes in corporate strategy, IT transformation, and organizational development across various industries, including telecommunications, media, automotive, and manufacturing. Notable projects include guiding quantum computing business models and digital strategies for global tech companies. A recognized expert in digital transformation and quantum technologies, Niko is an honorary professor at the University of Regensburg and has taught international business strategy at the University of Georgia.

Mika Prunnila

Mika Prunnila

VTT, Coordinator of Q-Pilot

Mika is a professor at VTT’s Microelectronics and Quantum Technologies research area. He has been involved in the preparation and execution of several collaborative national and international research projects, including Quantum Flagship project Qu-Pilot and quantum technology ecosystem project QuTI. Mika received his PhD from Aalto University in 2007. He is a co-founder of SemiQon company.

Gabriele Bulgarini

Gabriele Bulgarini

TNO, Coordinator of Qu-Test

Gabriele started his journey in quantum technologies with a PhD at DTU on semiconductor non-classical light sources in photonics nanostructures. In 2014, he joined Single Quantum where he contributed to establishing the company. Since 2019, Gabriele is Program Manager for quantum technologies at TNO and is coordinator of the European project Qu-Test that aims to establish the first network of distributed testbeds for quantum devices and systems.

Tanner Crowder

Tanner Crowder

National Quantum Coordination Office, Senior Policy Advisor at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Tanner Crowder is a Senior Policy Advisor in the National Quantum Coordination Office where he leads activities around the economic and national security implications of QIS and access to quantum-related R&D, as well as industrial engagement. He is currently on detail from the Naval Research Laboratory, where he is a Research Mathematician and has served as PI on several QIS projects addressing challenges in error characterization and correction and performance analysis of quantum information processing systems. Tanner earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from The College of William and Mary (2008) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Howard University (2013).

Mikio Fujiwara

Mikio Fujiwara

Quantum ICT Collaboration Center, General Director

Mikio Fujiwara received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in physics from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1990, 1992, and 2002, respectively. His career as a researcher began at NICT (formerly Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications). Over the years, he ascended through various roles, notably as a Senior Researcher in the Quantum Information Technology Group and later as Director of the Quantum ICT Laboratory at Koganei Frontier Research Center. In 2023, he assumed the pivotal role of Director General of Research at the Quantum ICT Collaboration Center, furthering his commitment to advancing quantum technologies.

Pere Arqué-Castells

Pere Arqué-Castells

Stream Leader for Legal and Innovation Policies at the Observatory on Patents and Technology - at the European Patent Office

Pere is an economist, trained in the fields of applied econometrics and empirical industrial organization, doing empirical research on the economics of innovation. His research topics include the market for technology, intangible asset valuation, IP and innovation, venture capital and innovation, R&D policy, and university technology transfer. His research speaks to a broad audience including scholars, managers and policymakers.

Vicente Martín

Vicente Martín

Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Vicente Martin received his Ph.D. in physics (1995) from UAM. He is a full professor at UPM. He was a founding member of the Specialized Group in Quantum Information and Computing of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and ETSI's Quantum Industry Specification Group. His main research interest is in quantum cryptography and its integration in conventional networks. He leads the Research Group on Quantum Information and Computation at UPM and is director of the Center for Computational Simulation. Vicente is currently participating in QSNP and the Spanish initiative for EuroQCI.

Vlora Rexhepi - van der Pol

Vlora Rexhepi - van der Pol

Coordination Team Lead and Innovation Manager, QuTech/QIA

Vlora Rexhepi – van der Pol is a distinguished leader in quantum technology innovation, currently heading the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) to advance quantum internet potential. Her career spans research, design, and standardization of mobile communications technologies, including 2G, 3G, 4G, and Internet Quality of Service. She has also pioneered Industry 4.0 technologies and the hyperloop concept. As Head of Standardization at Hardt in the Netherlands, she developed standards for hyperloop transportation. Rexhepi – van der Pol holds an EngD from the University of Twente and an electrical engineering degree from the University of Prishtina, with notable tenures at Nokia and Ericsson, shaping future mobile communications standards.

Hannes Hübel

Hannes Hübel

Senior Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Dr. Hannes Hübel is Senior Scientist heading the experimental activities at AIT, which include the design and prototyping of QKD devices and non-classical sources of light and implementation of quantum communication protocols beyond QKD. He is currently coordinating the OPENQKD project, where use-cases for QKD are demonstrated throughout Europe. In addition, Dr. Hübel has also close ties with the Quantum Technology Flagship program, where he is partner of the QSNP project. Prior to joining AIT in 2015, Hannes worked on QKD and entanglement-based quantum communication as an assistant professor at Stockholm University (Sweden) and as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing (Canada) and the quantum information group at the University of Vienna (Austria). He received his Ph.D. from Queen Mary, University of London (UK) in 2004.

FAQ

AXA Auditorium is conveniently located at L’Illa Mall (Av. Diagonal, 547, Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona), close to the Tram station “L’Illa”. It is also easily accessible within a 10-minute walk from the “L3 Les Corts” metro station. Additionally, several bus routes (7, 59, 63, 67) serve the area, providing further accessibility options for attendees.

In our effort to prioritize environmental sustainability, we kindly encourage attendees to use public transportation whenever available. Your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a more eco-friendly event.

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For insights into dining options in Barcelona, we suggest checking out the Instagram account @bcnbyfood (run by QSNP’s communications manager). This account offers suggestions and reviews of restaurants, bars, and cafes across the city. Whether you’re craving authentic Catalan cuisine or international fare, they provide reliable guidance on the finest establishments for enjoying a delightful meal in Barcelona. Be sure to explore their recommendations! 

Registration is only available to QSNP and QIA members at the moment. If you are part of these consortiums please check your email for the registration link. In case you haven’t received the invitation don’t hesitate to get it touch with the organisation (projectmanager@icfo.eu)

AXA Auditorium 

Av. Diagonal, 547,

Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona