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Industry Leaders Join Flagship Scientific Advisory Board

Equal1, a silicon-based quantum computing company, today announces the formation of its new Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of industry leaders in quantum computing. The SAB will help the company shape its strategy and position the development roadmap toward the introduction of useful, cost-effective quantum computers.

“We are delighted to have assembled a great advisory team of renowned physicists and engineers with wide ranging domain knowledge in quantum physics, semiconductors and artificial intelligence (AI),” says Dirk Leipold, Equal1 CEO. “Members of this new board bring huge industry and academic knowledge to our R&D team. I am deeply honored to have their assistance.”

Founding members of the Equal1 Scientific Advisory Board include:

Edoardo Charbon, Ph.D. is a Full Professor and head of the Advanced Quantum Architectures laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering at EPFL in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Prof. Charbon’s research interests include quantum imaging and cryo-CMOS circuits and systems for quantum computing.

Previously, Dr. Charbon was with Cadence Design Systems, where he was responsible for analog and mixed-signal design automation tools and was the architect of the company’s initiative for electronic intellectual property (IP) protection, and Chief Architect at Canesta Inc.

Andrew Mitchell, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Theoretical Physics in the School of Physics at University College Dublin, specializing in the theory of quantum nanoelectronic devices and strongly correlated electron systems. He also is the Director of the UCD Centre for Quantum Engineering, Science, and Technology (C-QuEST).

Mitchell earned his Ph.D. at Oxford University, and later was a Junior Research Fellow at Wadham College Oxford and a retained lecturer at Jesus College. He undertook postdoctoral research at the Universities of Cologne and Utrecht before becoming tenured faculty at UCD. In 2018 he won the prestigious Laureate Award for a major project on molecular electronics from the Irish Research Council.

Sean Mitchell is a seasoned veteran in the semiconductor industry, where he has held various technical, business, marketing and general management positions, at companies that include Silicon & Software Systems and Parthus Technologies PLC. Mitchell co-founded Movidius, a leading computer vision and AI company that delivers low-power, high-performance SoC (system on a chip) platforms in the area of computer vision. Movidius was acquired by Intel in 2016. While general manager of the applications processing division at Parthus, Mitchell was part of the management team that saw the company through its successful IPO in May 2000.

He holds master’s degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in Electronic Engineering and in Management Practice.

Sorin P. Voinigescu, Ph.D. is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests focus on the modelling, characterization and fabrication of nanoscale and atomic-scale electronic devices and technologies, and on design techniques and circuit topologies for mmWave DSP (digital signal processor), radio, radar and imaging integrated circuits (ICs) operating in the 50 to 1000-GHz range.

Formerly, Dr. Voinigescu, was co-founder and CTO at Quake Technologies Inc., an Ottawa-area fabless semiconductor company focusing on the design and fabrication of 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps physical layer ICs. Quake was acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2006.


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