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Joint Symposium on Standards for Quantum Technologies


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)​ in collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)​, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter organised a Joint Symposium on Standards for Quantum Technologies which took place virtually on 23 March 2021 from 15h00 to 18h00 CET/Geneva Time.

This joint symposium brought together world-leading speakers to introduce different aspects of quantum technologies: quantum communication, quantum computation and quantum measurement. This was followed by an extensive panel discussion involving representatives from various SDOs including ISO, IEC, ITU-T, NIST, ETSI, ISO and CEN/CENELEC to discuss the general importance of standards for quantum technologies, identify and prioritise areas in which standards would be most required and according to which timeline (road-mapping).   
In particular, it explored the most important lessons learnt from previous efforts to standardise new technologies (such as optics and photonics) and discussed how past methods could be applied to ensure that different SDOs could achieve the correct level of harmonisation from the outset, avoiding unhelpful divergence without impacting healthy competition between SDOs. 

Participation in the symposium was open for ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU. This included individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations, specifically the members of IEC and the IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter.

​Participation in the symposium was free of charge. Registration to the event was mandatory.

Symposium chairs: Dr Richard PitwonCEO, Resolute Photonics & Dr Bernard Lee​Director of Technology & Innovation, SENKO Advanced Components

15:00 - 15:10
​Opening r​​emarks

Moderator: Richard Pitwon​CEO, Resolute Photonics

15:10 - 16:40

​​Session 1: ​​Introduction​

Moderator: Bernard Lee​Director of Technology & Innovation, SENKO Adv​​anced Components
16:40 - 18:00
​Session 2: Standardization Approaches for Quantum Technologies - Standards Organisations Panel

Moderator: ​Richard Pitwon​, ​CEO, Resolute Photonics​​