​Norman Birge received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Chicago, studying the glass transition in supercooled liquids.  He changed his focus to electronic transport during his post-doctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories.  He came to Michigan State University in 1988 and has been there ever since, aside from two sabbatical years with the Groupe Quantronique at the CEA Saclay in France and a COVID-shortened visit with Geoffrey Beach’s group at MIT in 2020.  His research has spanned several topics in quantum transport and mesoscopic physics, including 1/f noise and universal conductance fluctuations, dissipative quantum tunneling of defects in metals, electron phase coherence at very low temperatures, the superconducting proximity effect, and nonequilibrium phenomena in mesoscopic metallic systems.  His current research focuses on the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism in hybrid structures, with an emphasis on the generation and control of spin-triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junction


​Prof. Pollanen leads the Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems (LHQS) at MSU and also serves as the Associate Director of the MSU Center for Quantum Computing Science and Engineering. He is also a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of EeroQ Quantum Hardware Corporation, which is a quantum computing startup company located in Chicago working on developing scalable quantum computing hardware based on the spins of trapped electron systems. Before joining the faculty at MSU he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech. Pollanen received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Tokyo University of Science, Riken /Japan

​Jaw-Shen Tsai was born in 1952 in Taipei. He graduated from the department of physics of University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and subsequently received his Ph.D. in Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research life has been devoted to the study of macroscopic quantum effect in superconductors, especially which is associated with Josephson junctions.  He has contributed to the area of condensed matter physics in both fundamental physics and their technological potential. He led the Josephson-junction-based qubit project at NEC Tsukuba laboratory for many years. He is also the Team Leader of Macroscopic Quantum Simulation Team in RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing. Since 2015, he is a professor of physics at Tokyo University of Science. He has been working on experiments connected to quantum coherence in the Josephson systems. In this direction, his group has been pioneering the science and technology of superconducting quantum computing by demonstrating the first solid-state based qubit (1999), the first solid state CNOT gate (2003), a universal quantum gate operation (2007). Moreover, many important results relating to the quantum optics with artificial superconducting atom were demonstrated. He received Nishina Memorial Prize in 2004, Simon Memorial Prize in 2008, Leo Esaki Prize in 2014, Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2018, Asahi Prize in 2021, and Japan Academy Prize in 2023. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics.​


​Dr. Thomas Monz finished his MSc on the equivalent of a quantum network-card, and proceeded with his PhD on experimental quantum computing with trapped ions at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. After a detour in the sales team at a Scottish laser company working, Dr. Monz returned to Innsbruck to set the foundation of AQT, assemble the current team, and close both a seed and investment round. At the moment they set up our second quantum computer and are closing first international revenues. Privately, Dr. Thomas Monz likes to spend his time in the Tyrolian mountains and forests with friends and family.

Quantum Motion Technologies/UK
John Morton is a Professor of Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics at UCL, and Director of the UCL Quantum and Technology Institute (UCLQ) which includes over 120 researchers and 30 research groups. John's research involves the development of quantum technologies such a quantum computers and quantum sensors, using spins in semiconductors such as silicon.
After reading Electrical Engineering at University of Cambridge, John undertook a PhD (D. Phil) at University of Oxford, to work on techniques for controlling spins as quantum bits.
John was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2008 - 2016, and he has held back-to-back European Research Commission (ERC) grants. His awards include the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize (2008), the Institute of Physics Moseley Medal (2013) in experimental Physics, and the Sackler International Prize in Physical Sciences (2016).
John has published over 230 papers with more than 13,000 citations and has a h-index of 55. He has co-founded three companies in the field of quantum technology, covering quantum computing hardware and software. John has been active in the public engagement of science, including public exhibitions, documentaries, radio broadcasts and popular articles on quantum science and technology.  

University of Waterloo /Canada

Dr. Rajibul Islam is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Institute for Quantum Computing at University of Waterloo, Canada. His current research interests are in quantum simulation and computation, especially their experimental implementation with laser-cooled trapped atomic ions. His research group is developing large scale quantum simulators and employing modern machine learning methods for programming them. Dr. Islam received his early physics training (BSc and MSc) from India, PhD from University of Maryland, and postdoctoral training at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an Early Career Researcher Award from the government of Ontario, Canada.​