Quantum Computing for Energy Innovations Workshop

On April 29 and 30, 2024, ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Bob Ledoux and ARPA-E Fellow Dr. Ben Weiner gathered experts and investors from across academia, Department of Energy national laboratories, and the burgeoning quantum industry to discuss applications of quantum computers to energy-relevant problems in computational chemistry and materials science.

The purpose of this workshop was to help develop a possible ARPA-E program that would fund full-stack implementations of relevant problems in the fields of quantum chemistry and materials that have applications to ARPA-E’s mission. Solutions will need to be developed and run on quantum hardware, and ARPA-E expects this will entail partnerships between hardware, software, algorithms, and application expertise.

Attendees participated in panel discussions on the state-of-the-art in quantum hardware quantum algorithms and well as applications, with each followed by breakout sessions to debate the most promising directions.  


Day 1 Agenda: Monday, April 29, 2024

TimeActivity
8:00 – 8:30 AMRegistration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 – 8:35 AM

Welcome Remarks

Jenifer Shafer, ARPA-E

8:35 – 8:50 AM

Quantum Computing for Energy Applications: Why ARPA-E and Potential Areas of Interest

Bob Ledoux, ARPA-E

8:50 – 9:15 AM

Quantum Computing in Energy Applications: “Much More than Meets the Eye”

Aurora Clark, University of Utah

9:15 – 9:40 AM

Quantum Computing applications in Chemistry: An Industry Perspective on Impact, State of Art, and Challenges

Dimitar Trenev, ExxonMobil

9:40 – 10:30 AM

Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Chemistry Applications

Moderator: Celia Merzbacher (SRI/QED-C)

Panelists: Larry Bowden (Chevron), Alexander Condello (D-Wave), Alexandre Dauphin (PASQAL), Tess Denniss (Psi Quantum), Susan Schoefer (HAX/SOSV), Kristen Williams (Boeing)                               

10:30 – 10:40 AMBreak
10:40 – 11:30 AMBreakout: Identify Applications with the Greatest Potential for an ARPA-E Program to Make a Difference
11:30 – 11:45 AMBreak and Regroup
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Readout from Breakout

Breakout Session Moderators

12:00 – 12:50 PMLunch and Networking
12:50 – 1:15 PM

Traversing the Application to Quantum Computation Divide

Nicholas Rubin, Google

1:15 – 2:05 PM

Panel: Quantum Computing Software Stack

Moderator: Dave Clader (BQP Advisors)

Panelists: Peter Johnson (Zapata), Nathan Killoran (Xanadu), Kevin Obenland (MIT Lincoln Laboratory), Anand Shah (Quantinuum), Martin Suchara (Microsoft)

2:05 – 2:55 PMBreakout: Algorithm and Software Needs
2:55 – 3:10 PMBreak and Regroup
3:10 – 3:25 PM

Readout from Breakout

Breakout Session Moderators

3:25 – 3:30 PM

Concluding Remarks

Bob Ledoux, ARPA-E

3:30 – 5:00 PMOne-on-Ones with ARPA-E Team
5:00 PMHappy Hour

Day 2 Agenda: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

TimeActivity
8:00 – 8:30 AMArrivals, Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 – 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Bob Ledoux, ARPA-E

8:45 – 9:10 AM

A Brief Overview of Quantum Computing Hardware

Carleton Coffrin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

9:10 – 10:00 AM

Panel: State of the Quantum Computing Hardware

Moderator: Marlou Slot, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) & University of Colorado Boulder

Panelists: Kristen Pudenz (Atom Computing), Travis Scholten (IBM), David Steuerman (IonQ), Blaise Vignon (Alice & Bob), Christopher Yale (Sandia National Laboratories)

10:00 –10:10 AMBreak
10:10 – 11:00 AMBreakout: How Do Hardware Considerations Shape Application Strategy?
11:00 – 11:15 AMBreak and Regroup
11:15 – 11:30 AM

Readout from Breakout

Breakout Session Moderators

11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLunch and Networking
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Panel: Investor Perspectives

Moderator: Rima Oueid, Department of Energy

Panelists: Mark Danchak (General Innovation), Christophe Jurczak (Quantonation), Nathan Roberts (In-Q-Tel), Zachary Yerushalmi (Elevate Quantum)

1:30 – 1:45 PM

Program Overview

Bob Ledoux, ARPA-E

1:45 - 2:00 PM

Program Metrics

Benjamin Weiner, ARPA-E

2:00 - 2:25 PM General Q&A
2:25 - 2:30 PMConcluding Remarks
2:30 - 5:00 PMOne-on-Ones with ARPA-E Team

Meeting Participants

First NameLast NameCompany
BlaiseVignonAlice&Bob
BobLedouxARPA-E
JonathanMelvilleARPA-E
BenjaminWeinerARPA-E
KristenPudenzAtom Computing
KristenWilliamsBoeing
AdamIaizziBooz Allen Hamilton
DaveCladerBQP Advisors, LLC
LarryBowdenChevron
MarcoFornariDOE Office of Science
MarcCoonsDow
DimitarTrenevEMTEC (ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company)
TanayRoyFermilab
AnnaritaGianiGE Research
MarkDanchakGeneral Innovation
NicholasRubinGoogle
SusanSchoferHAX/SOSV
TravisScholtenIBM
EricJonesInfleqtion
NathanRobertsIn-Q-Tel
DavidSteuermanIonQ
CarletonCoffrinLos Alamos National Laboratory
PriscilaRosaLos Alamos National Laboratory
YuZhangLos Alamos National Laboratory
MartinSucharaMicrosoft
KevinObenlandMIT LL
BrandonRodenburgMITRE
MarlouSlotNIST / CU Boulder; Womanium Foundation
DanielClaudinoOak Ridge National Laboratory
AlexandreDauphinPASQAL
MichelleLampaPasqal
TessDennissPsi Quantum
VishalShrotriyaPsi Quantum
David E.Bernal NeiraPurdue University
CeliaMerzbacherQED-C
AnandShahQuantinuum
ChristopheJurczakQuantonation, PASQAL
TomLubinskiQuantum Circuits
NathanGemelkeQuEra
FabianFaulstichRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ChristopherYaleSandia National Laboratories
AuroraClarkUniversity of Utah
MatthewOttenUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
NathanKilloranXanadu Quantum Technologies
NicoleBellonziZapata AI
YudongCaoZapata AI
PeterJohnsonZapata AI

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