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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ITU Workshop on Quantum Information Technology for Networks
Shanghai, China, 5-7 June 2019


Day 1, 5 June 2019
​08:00 - 09:00Registration​
09:00 - 09:30​ Opening Remarks​​

Moderator: Zhiqin Wang, Vice President, CAICT
09:30 - 10:00​ Keynote Presentation
10:00 - 10:15​Coffee Break
10:15 - 12:00​
Session 1: World tour of Quantum Information Technology Development
Quantum information technology (QIT) is a class of emerging technology that improves the information processing capability by harnessing principles of quantum mechanics. Research and applications of QIT are accelerating globally, which have become focus not only in academia, but also in industry and standardization communities. This session will provide an overview on global QIT developments, including policy and investment, projects and planning, major research institutions and teams, representative research and application progress, and future development prospects.

Moderator: Reinhard Scholl, Deputy Director, TSB, ITU
12:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30​Session 2: Quantum Computing
Quantum computer is believed to have computing power that is significantly beyond the classical computer, with potential applications such as optimization over huge data sets and design of new materials and molecular functions. The computational power brought by quantum computing will not only improve the performance of signal processing, but also become a threat to  security of existing ICT networks. This session will introduce the latest research and developments of quantum computing technology, the information security threats brought by quantum computing and possible solutions to these problems.​

Session 2A: Frontier Research of Quantum Computing
Moderator: Xiaoming Sun, Professor, ICT/CAS (China)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00​
Session 2B: Quantum Computing Industry Perspective

Moderator: Oday Darwich, Innovation Engineer, University of Geneva/CERN​​ IdeaSquare ​​​

Day 2, 6 June 2019

09:00 - 10:20​
Session 3: Quantum communication 
Quantum communication is more than just QKD, but QKD is the most mature QIT application at this moment. QKD provides long-term security based on principles of quantum mechanics. Metro/backbone QKD networks have been constructed and satellite-based quantum communication experimental applications have been realized in last decade. This session will discuss quantum communication with a focus on cutting-edge QKD technologies, latest application, product and  network implementation status, and future development trends. 

Session 3A: QKD Technology 
Moderator: Kai Chen, Professor, USTC [ Biography ]
10:20 - 10:40​
Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:00
​Session 3B: QKD Applications

Moderator: Yong Zhao, CEO, QuantumCTek,Co.Ltd [ Biography ]
12:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:40​Session 3C: QKD Networks 

Moderator: Wei Qi, CEO, CAS Quantum Network, China
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00​​Session 3D: QKD Products

Moderator: Martin Ward, Senior Research Scientist, Toshiba Research Europe Limited [ Biography ]
Day 3, 7​ June 2019
09:00 - 10:50​Session 4: Quantum Metrology
QIT enables a new generation of sensors such as ultra-precise atomic clocks, gravimeter, gyroscope and magnetometer, with applications ranging from natural resource exploration, biomedical diagnostics to GPS-free navigation. Quantum metrology is the future direction of sensing and measurement technology. This session will introduce current research status, market opportunities, challenges and prospects of quantum metrology and possible industrialization trends.
Moderator: Qiang Zhang, Professor, USTC [ Biography ]
10:50 - 11:10​Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:30​Session 5: Quantum Information Network (QIN) 
Quantum information network (QIN) is expected to connect quantum information processing nodes (such as quantum computers and quantum sensors) to realize quantum information transmission and networking. This session will present QIN enabling technology, research progress, potential application scenarios and network architecture. Future oriented frontier areas such as satellite-based quantum network, high-precision quantum time reference, and blind quantum computing will be discussed in this session.

Moderator: Barry Sanders, University of Calgary [ Biography ]
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:45​Session 6: Quantum Information Technology (QIT) Standardization

Session 6A: Global (QIT) Standardization - Presentations
QIT related standardization has been initiated recently in many standardization organizations such as ETSI, IEEE, IRTF, ITU-T, ISO/IEC JTC 1, etc. This session will investigate global efforts and discuss opportunities, challenges and prospects in QIT standardization. This session will aim to identify requirements and gaps in global QIT standardization, especially focusing on QIT for networks, and propose roadmaps for ITU-T Study Groups to work on QIT for networks standardization.

Moderator: Xiaoya Yang, Counselor, ITU-T Study Group 17, ITU [ Biography ]
15:45- 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:00​
Session 6B: ITU-T QIT Standardization - Panel discussion​
Moderator: Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Group Department,TSB, ITU [ Biography ]
17:00 - 18:00​​Closure - Workshop Summary

*To be confirmed​