Humanity is at the cusp of the next great technological revolution - quantum. The processing power of quantum computers grows exponentially with size, thus they will be able to tackle the hardest computational problems in fields like artificial intelligence, big data, optimization, drug design, and finance. But computing isn’t the only sector that quantum will revolutionize. Quantum also has important applications in communication – like highly secure encryption and dense communication channels – and sensing – like undetectable radar and highly accurate medical diagnostics. AuroraQ is on the front lines, working hard to bring quantum technologies to life.
DR. RAINA J. OLSEN
CEO & Co-Founder
A quantum computing theorist and visionary. In addition to 5 years of full-time work experience as an engineer, she holds three degrees in engineering, including a MS in Electrical Engineering. She also has 5 years of full time work experience as a research physicist, and holds a Ph.D. in Physics. As a physicist, she led two projects, one of which she independently conceived and planned, and has worked in the fields of quantum physics, superconducting quantum computing, hydrogen storage, and structural materials. Raina discovered a new high temperature quantum phase of adsorbed hydrogen.
DR. MOHAMMADREZA REZAEE
CTO & Co-Founder
Reza turns quantum ideas into reality in the lab. His last position was at the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he set up and operated a laboratory for quantum nanosensing. Reza has completed multiple design and build projects, including a Radio-Frequency (RF) excited CW waveguide CO2 laser. He has more than ten years of experimental physics experience in scientific instrumentation, laser spectroscopy, and laser scanning confocal microscopy. His degrees include a BS in Atomic Physics, an MS in Photonics, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics.
PROF. EBRAHIM KARIMI
Professor Ebrahim Karimi fell in love with physics and mathematics as a high school student while attending several national physics conferences. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Naples “Federico II”, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Marrucci and Prof. Enrico Santamato. He received the best Ph.D. thesis award for his thesis titled “Light orbital angular momentum and its application on the classical and quantum information“. Prof Ebrahim Karimi is currently holding the Canada Research Chair in the field of Structured Light, and is the group leader of Structural Quantum Optics (SQO) at the University of Ottawa. Applications of structured quantum waves (massive and massless particles) in modern science are the main subject of his research team.
PROF. PETER WITTEK
Peter is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto and the Academic Director of the Quantum Machine Learning Program in the Creative Destruction Lab, and is affiliated with the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Singapore and his research explores the synergies between artificial intelligence, machine learning, quantum information theory, and quantum computing. He published the book "Quantum Machine Learning: What Quantum Computing Means to Data Mining", the first monograph on the subject.
DR. MICHAEL HARRIES
Michael is a technologist, investor, and advisor focused on early stage-commercialization of deep technologies, particularly AI and robotics. Michael is currently a partner at the Robotics Hub, an early stage VC fund focused on emerging robotics and frontier technologies. Michael was formerly CTO of Kyndi Inc, a quantum-inspired natural language understanding company. Michael was also founder and CTO for Citrix Startup Accelerator, an industry-leading enterprise accelerator focused on discontinuous innovation in the enterprise infrastructure space. Michael earned his PhD in AI at the University of New South Wales in Australia
DOBARIYAPATEL HARDIK KISHOR
Hardik is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate from the National University of Singapore. Currently under the NUS Overseas Colleges program, he takes up technopreneurship courses at the UofT while interning at AuroraQ. His interests in quantum computing, data science and artificial intelligence matches the work he takes on at the company. His sense of curiosity has led him to be involved in various projects and seeks to explore even more. He has experience at MyRepublic, a tech startup in Singapore.