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Jeremy O'Brien: The Quantum Revolution

25 May 2023
5.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building
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Quantum computing is finally moving from a scientific curiosity to a technical reality, promising to solve previously unsolvable problems.

UNSW Science is proud to host Professor Jeremy O’Brien as he delivers the 2023 Gerald Westheimer Lecture on Thursday, 25 May at UNSW Sydney.  

In this special event, hear about PsiQuantum’s approach to scaling, and ultimately building a fault-tolerant million qubit system, making it an exciting prospect for investors and industry. 

In an interview with ABC’s Tegan Taylor, Jeremy will also share insights on becoming one of the world’s best funded quantum startups, how he keeps his focus on the long game, and lessons learnt in building his company from the ground up. 


If you’re unable to attend the event in person, you can register to receive the recording post-event.

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Jeremy O'Brien

CEO, PsiQuantum

Jeremy O'Brien is co-founder and CEO of PsiQuantum, a quantum computing company on a mission to build the world’s first commercially useful quantum computer and deploy it to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face — across climate, healthcare, life sciences, energy and beyond. Professor O’Brien has dedicated 25 years to this mission, having identified quantum computing as the most profoundly world-changing technology, due to its potential to unlock solutions to otherwise impossible problems. 
PsiQuantum is building a utility-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computer with a silicon photonics-based architecture that enables manufacturing in a conventional silicon chip foundry. Photonic qubits have significant advantages at the scale required to deliver a fault-tolerant quantum computer and PsiQuantum partnered with semiconductor company GlobalFoundries to achieve this objective. With core quantum components already in volume production, this is an unprecedented economic signal of maturity for a technology that is often viewed as being at the early research phase. 
Prior to founding PsiQuantum, Professor O’Brien was Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford and Bristol Universities, and Director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Emerging Technologies, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics.