Special Event
Quantum West Business Summit: Advancing Quantum: Policy and Legal Issues
31 January 2024 • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST | Moscone Center, Room 155 (Upper Mezzanine South) 
Day two of the Quantum West Business Summit begins with a panel discussion on the intriguing questions around the impact of government policy and legal concerns on the deployment and commercialization of quantum-based technologies. The great potential of these technologies carries with it trepidation regarding widespread deployment and, therefore, government oversight reflected in both policy and law. Join our panel of industry and government experts as they untangle these issues, explain the current state of affairs, and the opportunities, and potential pitfalls, moving forward.


Host

Celia Merzbacher​
 
 
Celia Merzbacher​
Executive Director
QED-C (United States)


Export controls: landscape and industry perspective

Ryan McKenney, Director of Government Relations and GC Compliance at Quantinuum, will delve into the subject of export controls concerning quantum technology, with a specific focus on recent developments. The presentation will cover the export controls introduced by the Biden Administration, which impact semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and supercomputing in relation to China and will also discuss the potential extension of these restrictions to the field of quantum technology. Furthermore, this session will examine the existing export control regulations within the United States, explore potential new measures aimed at limiting China's access to U.S. quantum computing equipment, and share insights from a recent QED-C report.

Ryan McKenney
 
 
Ryan McKenney
Director of Government Relations and GC Compliance
Quantinuum (United States)


Standards and benchmarks for quantum computing

With a new technology that has the potential of quantum computing, there is a need for standardization across multiple areas of the stack. Agreement about benchmarking metrics, programming methodologies, and interchange formats helps to enable communication, interoperability, exchange of information, and to remove barriers to utilization. For the technology to become fully commercialized, it is important that policies are in place that encourage and support broad adoption and expansion of the user base. In this brief talk, we share some background on the current status and thinking for standards and benchmarking as it applies to quantum computing — the current landscape, what has been learned, what may be needed in the future, and how best to gauge expectations for this exciting new technology.

Tom Lubinski
 
 
Tom Lubinski
Chief Software Architect and Advisor
Quantum Circuits, Inc.(United States)


Perspectives on regulations impacting laser systems for defense, commercial, and quantum applications

Dr. Rob Williamson, Technical Director of Engineering at DRS Daylight Solutions, will share observations from the perspective of a defense system manufacturer, especially the impact of policy and regulation on laser and sensor technology. The presentation will highlight aspects including the important role dual-use technologies play in several defense, commercial, and quantum information science applications.

Robert S. Williamson III
 
 
Robert S. Williamson III
Technical Director of Engineering
DRS Daylight Solutions (United States)


Working with allies to lead in quantum tech

Xanadu (Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc.), based in Toronto, Canada, is one of the world's leading photonic quantum hardware providers. The company has taken a full-stack approach, developing the hardware, software, and state-of-the-art research needed to build a scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computer. Given its broad focus, Xanadu must consider a range of policy and legal questions, in multiple jurisdictions, including those touching upon export controls, workforce issues, supply chains, intellectual property, and long-term R&D cycles. Mr. Hill will provide an overview of these considerations and offer some potential avenues to ease the burdens of collaboration between the United States and its closest allies.

Jonah Force Hill
 
 
Jonah Force Hill
Head of U.S. Federal Business Development & Government Affairs
Xanadu (Canada)


The infrastructure of non-traditional collection

Unfortunately, QIS innovators must confront the reality that adversary nation-states and competitors will attempt to acquire knowledge, trade secrets, and intellectual property through careful surveillance, disingenuous engagement, guile, and theft. It is important to understand the scope of this collection and the basics of counterintelligence methodologies. This talk will be a short review of the non-traditional collection landscape and the technology transfer infrastructure that is dedicated to the acquisition of your R & D.

Roahn Wynar
 
 
Roahn Wynar
Special Agent
FBI/National Counterintelligence Task Force (United States)




Panel Discussion


Moderator

Celia Merzbacher
 
 
Celia Merzbacher
Executive Director
QED-C (United States)


Panelists

 
 
Ryan McKenney
Director of Government Relations and GC Compliance
Quantinuum (United States)

 
 
Tom Lubinski
Chief Software Architect and Advisor
Quantum Circuits, Inc. (United States)

 
 
Robert S. Williamson III
Technical Director of Engineering
DRS Daylight Solutions (United States)

 
 
Jonah Force Hill
Head of U.S. Federal Business Development & Government Affairs
Xanadu (Canada)

 
 
Roahn Wynar
Special Agent
FBI/National Counterintelligence Task Force (United States)