Seminar brief

D-Wave’s mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. In this seminar, we will introduce you to D-Wave’s quantum computers and suite of software tools that are available through the Leap cloud platform. Starting with a high-level overview of quantum annealing, we’ll explore how we can interact with the hardware using the Ocean Software Development Kit, a Python programming package. To conclude, we’ll showcase some live demos and real-world customer applications.

Speakers’ short bio

Dr Victoria Horan Goliber: Senior Technical Analyst, D-Wave Systems

Victoria joined the sales team at D-Wave Systems in 2018. In her current role, Dr. Goliber works with teams around the world to bring quantum annealing to a variety of groups through seminars, workshops, and conferences. She received her Ph.D. in discrete mathematics from Arizona State University through the U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program, and more recently completed a MS degree in computer science with a specialization in machine learning through Georgia Tech University. Her doctoral research bridged both mathematics and computer science with a focus on de Bruijn sequences and Gray codes for combinatorial objects. After graduating, Dr. Goliber worked as a Senior Mathematician with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, along with a special assignment as the Executive Officer to the Director.

Irwan Owen: Regional Director, D-Wave Systems

Irwan is a regional director in the European commercial team at D-Wave Systems. A graduate in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Irwan has a 30-year career in technology transfer, bringing fundamental software inventions to market.

Starting as a software research engineer in the aerospace industry, with a specialisation in machine vision, he went on to join AT&T Bell Labs as part of the early commercial team behind the Unix operating system.  Then, as a founding member of the Sun Microsystems JavaSoft team he led European licensing of the Java platform as it went from skunkworks to ubiquity.

Subsequently, Irwan has been involved in software technologies underpinning the modern wireless and automotive industries, including platform inventions enabling the over-the-air updating of everything from your smartphone to your Tesla.