EPIC World Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology Summit at ICFO

5-6 June 2019

Barcelona, Spain

Hosted by: ICFO


Sponsored by:

Silver sponsors

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Bronze sponsors

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The world is going through a quantum revolution. The purpose of the EPIC Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology Summit is to bring together the companies in the supply chain towards the commercialization of upcoming products resulting of the current R&D initiatives.
According to the EU Quantum Technologies Flagship, as well as many other initiatives worldwide in Quantum technologies, there are 4 main application areas in which a paradigm shift is expected: quantum communication, quantum simulation, quantum computing and quantum metrology.

Following such priorities, the EPIC Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology Summit has the goal of setting up the supply chain for 5 different upcoming product ranges:.

  • QUANTUM CLOCKS based on trapped ions and atoms can measure time with unprecedented accuracy.
  • QUANTUM IMAGING and CAMERAS beating classical limits, in markets such as automotive or security, enabling looking around corners or through fog.
  • QUANTUM SENSORS enabling the detection of motion, light, electric and magnetic fields, and gravity with an accuracy that surpasses many conventional technologies.
  • QUANTUM COMPUTERS expected to perform tasks that are intractable for conventional machines. Future quantum computers will be able to perform calculations in seconds for which the current supercomputers could take millions of years.
  • QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS fully secure against hacking.


Tuesday 4 June 2019

19:00-23:00 Networking reception @ Hotel SB BCN Events terrace (address: Ronda de Can Rabadà, 22-24, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona)

Wednesday 5 June 2019

08:00 Optional bus transfer from Hotel SB BCN Events to ICFO
08:15 – 08:45 Registration & welcome coffee @ ICFO
08:45 – 08:55 Welcoming words
Lluis Torner, Director, ICFO (SPAIN)
08:55 – 09:00 Welcoming words
Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium (EUROPE)

Session 1: The quantum industrial revolution, setting up the scene (KEYNOTE SESSION)
09:00 – 09:30 KEYNOTE: Integrated quantum photonics
John Rarity, Head of Photonics and Director of QETLabs, University of Bristol (UNITED KINGDOM)
09:30 – 09:40 The European quantum flagship
Pascal Maillot, Deputy Head of HPC and Quantum Technologies, European Commission (LUXEMBOURG)
09:40 – 09:55 How to develop and implement a European quantum flagship strategy
Markus Wilkens, Senior Technology Consultant, VDI, Quantum Flagship Coordination Office (GERMANY)
09:55 – 10:10 Quantum photonics technologies – current and potential applications & markets
Thierry Robin, Partner, TEMATYS (FRANCE)
10:10 – 10:25 Who is creating the most IP? The quantum patent landscape
Robert Harrison, Joint Managing Partner, 24IP Law Group (GERMANY)
10:25 – 10:40 Industrial photon bunching – quantum photonic innovation network
Thomas Schwarzbaeck, Project Manager, EurA (GERMANY)
10:40 – 10:55 Turn-key optical building-blocks for quantum applications
Johann Cussey, Director General, AUREA Technology (FRANCE)

10:55 – 11:40  Coffee break

Session 2: Challenges in integrated photonics for quantum
11:40 – 11:55 Silicon photonics for the quantum market
Matteo Cherchi, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FINLAND)
11:55 – 12:10 Silicon nitride quantum PICs – every photon count
Michael Geiselmann, Managing Director & Co-Founder, LIGENTEC (SWITZERLAND)
12:10 – 12:25 Accelerating development of quantum technologies with 300mm wafer scale fabrication
Satyavolu S. Papa Rao, Associate VP for Research, SUNY Poly (USA)
12:25 – 12:40 Quantum technologies: activities and opportunities in Canada from a research and industrial perspective
Jackson Hamilton, Program Manager NRC Quantum Program, National Research Council Canada (CANADA)
12:40 – 12:55 Micro-transfer Printing, a coherent micro-assembly technology for advanced, multi-functional hybrid systems
Alexandre Chikhaoui, Business Development Director, X-Celeprint (IRELAND)
12:55 – 13:10 Quantum information processing with PICs
Hans van den Vlekkert, CEO, Quix (THE NETHERLANDS)
13:10 – 13:25 Photonic integration for quantum communication
Patrick Runge, Head of Detectors Group, Fraunhofer HHI (GERMANY)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

Session 3: Quantum imaging
14:30 – 15:00 KEYNOTE: An industry perspective on quantum-enhanced imaging & sensing
Ulrich Vogl, Research Scientist, Carl Zeiss (GERMANY)
15:00 – 15:30 KEYNOTE: Quantum technologies for disruptive industrial applications
Ludovic Mayer, Research Engineer, THALES (FRANCE)
15:30 – 15:45 How quantum engineering makes InfraRed detectors affordable 
Eric Costard, CTO, IRnova (SWEDEN)
15:45 – 16:00 Optical components for quantum applications
Julian Dajczgewand, Regional Sales & Applications Manager, OptoSigma (FRANCE)

16:00 – 16:45 Coffee break

Session 4: New quantum applications session
16:45 – 17:15 KEYNOTE: Future payloads for space- exploiting new possibilities with integrated photonics
Eamonn Murphy, Engineering Directorate, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS)
17:15 – 17:30 Opticlock: towards a transportable optical single-ion clock for applications beyond basic research
Robert Jördens, Director, QUARTIQ (GERMANY)
17:30 – 17:45 Engineering challenges in quantum technologies
Dmitri Permogorov, Director, RedWave Labs (UNITED KINGDOM)
17:45 – 18:00 Recent developments in quantum-dot-based single photon sources in the telecommunication range 
Grzegorz Sęk, Group Leader, Wrocław University of Science and Technology (POLAND)

18:15 Bus transfer from ICFO to the dinner place – Ca n’Estella winery
19:00 – 22:30 Networking reception & dinner @ Ca n’Estella winery
22:45 Bus transfer from Ca n’Estella winery to Hotel SB BCN Events

Thursday 6 June 2019

08:00 – 08:30 Check out of the hotel
08:30 Bus transfer from Hotel SB BCN Events to ICFO
08:45 – 09:25 Welcome coffee @ ICFO
09:25 – 09:30 Introductory words – Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium (EUROPE)

Session 5: Quantum sensing and metrology
09:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE: Quantum sensors based on NV centers in diamond and hot atomic vapor for automotive and consumer applications
Janine Riedrich-Moeller, Corporate Research and Advance Engineering, Robert Bosch (GERMANY)
10:00 – 10:30 KEYNOTE: Quantum clocks – laser requirements & solution
Juergen Stuhler, Senior Director Quantum Technologies, TOPTICA Photonics (GERMANY)
10:30 – 10:45 Quantum remote sensing – a defence perspective 
Hans Tholl, Head, Optics and Laser Techniques, Diehl Defence (GERMANY)

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break

Session 6: The quantum shovels: customized equipment for measurements, single photon sources and detectors
11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: Near optimal single photon source: from the academic result to the mass production
Valérian Giesz, Co-Founder, Quandela (FRANCE)
12:00 – 12:15 Custom single photon detectors in CMOS technology
Renato Turchetta, CEO, IMASENIC (SPAIN)
12:15 – 12:30 Quantum optics Jena – tailored photon sources for new applications
Fabian Steinlechner, Principal Investigator, Fraunhofer IOF (GERMANY)
12:30 – 12:45 Scalable solid-state quantum circuits and materials for potential applications in sensing and information processing
Evgeni Il’ichev, Group Leader, IPHT (GERMANY)
12:45 – 13:00 Resent innovations of nanoplus devices and corresponding spectroscopic applications – possibilities for manufacturing quantum photonic devices
Lars Hildebrandt, Divisional Director Sales, nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies (GERMANY)
13:00 – 13:15 Tunable laser sources for research on quantum-dot-based single photon sources
Matthias Baudisch, R&D Manager, APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik (GERMANY)
13:15 – 13:30 Novel low-SWaP laser sources for quantum technologies
Loyd McKnight, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (UNITED KINGDOM)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

Session 7: Quantum communications and quantum key distribution

14:30 – 15:00 KEYNOTE: Building scalable quantum components for communication security
Domenico Tulli, CTO, Quside (SPAIN)
15:00 – 15:30 KEYNOTE: Quantum photonics for quantum safe communication 
Jan Huwer, Research Scientist, Toshiba (UNITED KINGDOM)
15:30 – 16:00 KEYNOTE: Context and challenges of industrial quantum communications
Gregoire Ribordy, CEO, ID Quantique (SWITZERLAND)
16:00 – 16:15 CiViQ; Bringing continuous-variable QKD technology into emerging optical telecommunication networks
Valerio Pruneri, Chair & Group Leader, ICFO (SPAIN)
16:15 – 16:30 A network operator view in QKD technologies
Víctor López, Technnology Expert, Telefonica (SPAIN)
16:30 – 16:45 Design CV-QKD systems using a classical simulation framework
Igor Koltchanov, Director Technology, VPIphotonics (GERMANY)
16:45 – 16:50 Final remarks
Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium (EUROPE)

16:50 – 17:15 Final networking coffee break / End
17:15 Optional bus transfer from ICFO to Barcelona airport


The Summit on 5-6 June will be held at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (address: Mediterranean Technology Park, Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3, 08860 Castelldefels Barcelona).
The venue of the Networking Reception on 4 June is Hotel SB BCN Events terrace (address: Ronda de Can Rabadà, 22-24, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona).
The place for the main dinner on 5 June is Ca n’Estella winery (address: Masia Ca N’Estella, 0 S/N, 08635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Barcelona).


Only 2 rooms are now (updated: 28 May) available in the main recommended hotel – Hotel SB BCN Events (address: Ronda de Can Rabadà, 22-24, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona). Since the bus transfers from / to ICFO & the dinner place will be organized only to / from this hotel only, we recommend you to take a look at the other hotels within a walking distance is those 2 rooms are already booked. Some suggestions:

  • Ibis Barcelona Castelldefels (address: Passeo del Ferrocarril, 342, 08860, Castelldefels, Barcelona) – 500 m / 6 min. walk from Hotel SB BCN Events, from 80 EUR / night on the hotel website.
  • Ginosi Basics Centric Apartel (address: Doctor Ferran, 5, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona) – 1.5 km / 18 min. walk from Hotel SB BCN Events, from 85 EUR / night on booking.com.


Early bird ticket price for EPIC members and invited companies: 425 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 975 EUR (excluding VAT) available until 30 May. After the deadline prices will be increased of 200 EUR. By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event. EPIC will also share the participants list with the other participants or interested parties.

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EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite – email:  neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com , mobile: +370 624 389 91.

Onsite contacts: 

Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC. Mobile: +31 626978312
Auri Ripoll, Marketing Manager, EPIC. Mobile: +34 683343793