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Quantum Computing Pioneers Join the Newly Constituted Consultative Board of Alice & Bob

Daniel Gottesman, David DiVincenzo, John Martinis, and Yasunobu Nakamura to advise on Alice & Bob’s long-term roadmap and prioritization of upcoming milestones

PARIS, February 21st, 2024 Alice & Bob, a leading hardware developer in the race to fault tolerant quantum computers, today announced the composition of its newly constituted Consultative Board, a counsel of four pioneers of quantum computing. Alice & Bob’s Consultative Board members include Daniel Gottesman, David DiVincenzo, John Martinis, and Yasunobu Nakamura.

“Alice & Bob has developed a very novel approach to quantum error correction which holds the prospect for a breakthrough in high precision,” David DiVincenzo said. “I am hopeful that my advice will contribute to them achieving a uniquely capable quantum computer.”

Below are brief backgrounds on the company’s distinguished advisory board members:

  • Pr. Daniel Gottesman, known for the Gottesman-Knill Theorem, was the first to prove that quantum error correction codes could be used to achieve a fault tolerant quantum computer, using specific techniques and architectures to correct for quantum systems that are noisy and prone to errors.
  • Pr. David DiVincenzo first formalized the “DiVincenzo Criteria,” the five minimal requirements that still today define what can be called a quantum computer, as an IBM researcher in 1996.

  • Pr. John Martinis was the lead author of Google’s quantum supremacy paper published in 2019, possibly the most famous quantum experiment to date.
  • Pr. Yasunobu Nakamura is one of the fathers of the superconducting qubit. He was the first to control a cooper pair box, the first superconducting qubit.

“The combined depth of experience from the giants whose work we stand upon today serves to challenge and refine our long-term roadmap,” said Raphael Lescanne, CTO and Co-founder of Alice & Bob. “The relative distance of the Consultative Board members from the cat qubit paradigm allows us to take a step back and analyze our roadmap with a different perspective.”

“Alice & Bob has many original ideas for advancing superconducting quantum computing technology both at the architecture and device levels. I am excited to discuss with the team about the path towards the future.” Said Yasunobu Nakamura, echoed by John Martinis who claimed: “Alice & Bob is working on a novel approach to quantum error correction that needs to be seriously investigated”

Alice & Bob is also advised by a closer Scientific Board, made up of five leading Cat Qubit experts, who meet with the company’s technical leadership twice a month to solve day-to-day research challenges. The complementary Consultative Board, however, focuses on higher-level discussions that enable the prioritization of the next scientific milestone to be tackled.

“Meeting with a consultative board comprising top quantum computing experts is a growth opportunity” said Jérémie Guillaud, Chief of Theory at Alice & Bob. “These are people used to asking tough questions and providing critical insights into the industry that might challenge the most robust of roadmaps.”

About Alice & Bob
Alice & Bob is a start-up based in Paris and Boston whose goal is to realize the first universal, fault-tolerant quantum computer. Founded in 2020, Alice & Bob has already raised 30M€ in funding, hired over 80 employees, and demonstrated experimental results surpassing those of technological giants like Google or IBM. Alice & Bob specializes in cat qubits, a technology pioneered by the company’s founders and later adopted by Amazon. Demonstrating the power of its cat architecture, Alice & Bob recently showed it could reduce hardware requirements to build a large-scale useful quantum computer by up to 200 times compared to competing approaches.

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