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The AIconics Awards – Quantum Computing Innovator of the Year Shortlist

Quantum computing is transforming machine learning, solving complex optimization problems, and making sophisticated simulations possible. Sectors including healthcare, automotive, research, logistics, and financial services are already benefitting from quantum computing technology, and many more are set to follow.

This award has been put together to celebrate the pioneering minds in quantum computing who are exploring the practical application of quantum in the workplace.

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Dr. Corey O'MearaDr. Corey O’Meara – Chief Quantum Scientist – E.ON

Dr. Corey O’Meara’s work has covered various ways quantum computers could help contribute to solutions around managing the future decentralized energy grid. His work showcases several results relating to optimization problems which have an emphasis on renewable energy integration.

Dr. O'Meara and his team are working on some interesting use cases for potential quantum utility, as Google has just announced a 5 million dollar prize pool for the industry to apply for demonstration. He is publishing interesting studies demonstrating competitive and in some cases, better-scaling results of using a quantum computer to solve optimization problems in the energy sector.


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Daniel Goldsmith

Daniel Goldsmith – Senior Quantum Computing Technologist – Digital Catapult

Daniel worked on the Digital Catapult Quantum Technology Access Programme (QTAP), and supported eleven participants, including Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the UKAEA, on their journey from quantum computing theory to hands-on work.  The participants contributed a wide range of use cases from industry, and ran scaled-down versions of these use cases on the ORCA PT-1 photonic computer.

Daniel has a Masters in Quantum Technology at University College, London, and researched Quantum Error Correction Codes. He has experience working with quantum annealing and photonic computers, as well as the standard quantum circuit model. He has a good understanding of algorithms for the NISQ and the fault tolerant era. He is particularly interested in quantum machine learning, and has written a guide on machine learning for quantum computing specialists.


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Dr. Sonali MohapatraDr. Sonali Mohapatra – Quantum Innovation Sector Lead – National Quantum Computing Centre

Dr. Sonali Mohapatra is a Quantum Innovation Sector Lead at the NQCC leading and supporting the NQCC’s innovation strategy and sectoral engagement framework. In her role, Sonali works across government, policymakers, regulators, industry and academia to support QC use-case discovery and application development work across a portfolio of sectors such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, financial services, energy, space and AI to deliver quantum readiness for the UK.

Dr. Mohapatra has an interdisciplinary research and technical background leading the development of a variety of world-first technical projects and extensive industry experience leading the development and commercialisation of early-stage quantum and AI technologies for new space.


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Vote for your winner today

Following some brilliant nominations, the time has finally come to select your Quantum Computing Innovator of the Year. Recognize the success of your peers and celebrate the wins of your colleagues by voting for your winner today. 

Here's a quick reminder of the shortlist:

  • Dr. Corey O'Meara – Chief Quantum Scientist – E.ON
  • Daniel Goldsmith – Senior Quantum Computing Technologist – Digital Catapult
  • Dr. Sonali Mohapatra – Quantum Innovation Sector Lead – National Quantum Computing Centre

Voting is now open until 7 June and the winner will be revealed on the headliners stage at The AI Summit London.

Please note that voting multiple times will not increase the chance of success. 


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