Rump Session

Tuesday, 08 March 19:30 – 21:30

Will Quantum Always Remain Basic Research or is it Ready to Power Great Products?

Moderator:  Chris Cole, II-VI Incorporated, USA; Co-moderator: Emina Soljanin, Rutgers University, USA

Quantum Enthusiasts Team Captain: Mekena Metcalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA; Co-Captain: Andrew Lord, British Telecom, UK
Provocateurs:  Bruno Huttner, ID Quantique, Switzerland;  Yong Zhao, Quantum CTek, China;  Neil Zimmerman, NIST, USA

Quantum Sceptics Team Captain: Peter Winzer, Nubis Communications, USA; Co-Captain: Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon, USA
Provocateurs: Charles Clancy, MITRE, USA; Takehisa Iwakoshi, Mie University, Japan; David Neilson, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Quantum has received widespread publicity as a solution to otherwise insurmountable technical problems in areas of networking and cryptography. The Rump Session will debate whether Quantum products in these areas will become real in the near future. Quantum has been a boon to the research community and start-ups, receiving generous grants and major venture funding, respectively.  But is it ready to for mainstream industry to add it to its technology toolbox? Same metrics that are used to judge any useful product will be applied to potential Quantum products, including relative performance, R&D cost and time, unit cost, energy use, testability, yield and manufacturability. Since there is broad agreement about the basic science, the debate is about feasibility and practicality for commercial applications.


  • The Session is introduced by the Moderators, who facilitate a wide ranging discussion.
  • Next are introductory presentations by the opposing Team Captains.
  • This is followed by alternating presentations by opposing Team Co-Captains and Provocateurs
  • Each presentation is followed by vigorous audience participation
  • Presentations and audience participation are each 50% of Session time
  • The audience is encouraged to ask tough questions, make insightful comments, offer different perspectives, challenge the Teams and each other, and be entertained.
  • Long-winded comments and corporate pitches are cut-off.
  • May the Force be with you.