2019 Chicago Summit Public Event


Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 | 6-7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Center, Buntrock Hall
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604 


Event Description:

Solving Unsolvable Problems: The Future of Quantum Computing

Quantum computing has the potential to solve currently unsolvable problems, create unhackable networks, and spur rapid innovation across many different fields. Advancing this technology will require a global effort by leading experts in academia, government and industry.

Join Talia Gershon, director of research strategy and growth initiatives at IBM Research, and David Awschalom, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, to hear more about the progress and promise of quantum computing and technology, and how universities, laboratories, and companies in the Chicago area are ensuring the US leadership in this critical area of research.

This event, hosted by the Chicago Quantum Exchange, is part of the Chicago Quantum Summit, a program of presentations and discussion exploring the future of quantum computing and information science.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Ryan Mandelbaum, staff writer, Gizmodo


Talia Gershon is IBM’s director of research strategy & growth initiatives, responsible for driving initiatives that maximize the impact of IBM Research on the company and the world. Her role spans many areas for IBM Research, including: reimagining the way IBM’s scientists define and deliver their work; creating a technology outlook that can shape the future of the IBM company; and accelerating the path to impact for select emerging technology and business opportunities that span multiple domains, from quantum computing to AI and IoT. Additionally, Talia is an accomplished researcher and inventor. She has an h-index of 22 and has filed over 40 patents in areas ranging from materials science innovations to novel device concepts and new kinds of tooling and technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from MIT in 2008 and her PhD in materials science at Cambridge University in 2012, where she was a Gates Scholar.

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. David is one of the world’s leading scientists in spintronics and quantum information engineering. His research involves understanding and controlling the spins of electrons, ions, and nuclei for fundamental studies of quantum systems, as well as potential applications in computing, imaging and encryption. David is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the European Academy of Sciences.


  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins.  Please arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket order on Eventbrite so others may register.
  • Please contact the Chicago Quantum Exchange at quantum@uchicago.edu or 630.252.3858 with any questions or accommodation requests.