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

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

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
KristenPudenzAtom Computing
AdamIaizziBooz Allen Hamilton
DaveCladerBQP Advisors, LLC
MarcoFornariDOE Office of Science
DimitarTrenevEMTEC (ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company)
AnnaritaGianiGE Research
MarkDanchakGeneral Innovation
CarletonCoffrinLos Alamos National Laboratory
PriscilaRosaLos Alamos National Laboratory
YuZhangLos Alamos National Laboratory
KevinObenlandMIT LL
MarlouSlotNIST / CU Boulder; Womanium Foundation
DanielClaudinoOak Ridge National Laboratory
TessDennissPsi Quantum
VishalShrotriyaPsi Quantum
David E.Bernal NeiraPurdue University
ChristopheJurczakQuantonation, PASQAL
TomLubinskiQuantum Circuits
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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