Quantum Computing is always a topic that draws crowds and questions. In this presentation Richard will talk about the future of computing, why quantum computing is important and how IBM is travelling the road to Quantum Advantage. Topics covered include the basics of quantum computing, and overview of the IBM Q System One hardware and how students can learn, engage and use real Quantum Computers (not just simulators).
Richard has been an IT architect for more than 25 years and was appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He was also the nineteenth President of IBM's Academy of Technology. Over the years Richard has delivered multiple large, complex systems for IBM’s clients. He documented his insights as co-author of Eating the IT Elephant - a book that explained how to modernise complex brownfield IT landscapes using semantic technology. He lives in a beautiful market town in Yorkshire with his wife, three adult kids, four dogs, eight cats and a homemade robot dog.