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Noosa Blue Resort, January 22-26, 2006

Professor Peter Zoller

Peter Zoller is a Professor at the University of Innsbruck and one of the Scientific Directors at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW). His primary research interests are in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information. Together with Ignacio Cirac, he proposed a scheme for quantum information processing using trapped ions. It has now been implemented in a many labs worldwide and is the most successful experimental implementation of quantum computing to date. Zoller was born 1952 in Innsbruck, where he studied physics, attained a doctorate 1977 and habilitation in 1980. Peter Zoller was for several years a Professor at the Joint of Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) in Boulder, Colorado, before returning to the University of Innsbruck in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize of the FWF – the highest Austrian science honor. In the same year he received the Schroedinger prize. In March 2005 he received the Max-Planck medal of the German Physical Society (DPG) and in November 2005 he was awarded UNESCO’s Niels Bohr Medal. At the Quantum Nanoscience Conference he will be giving an invited lecture titled: Quantum information processing with polar molecules.

Professor Michael Roukes

Michael Roukes is a Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering and Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the Californian Institute of Technology. His research activities are in developing and using of nanodevices for single-quantum and single-molecule phenomena. His lab is developing and applying new techniques to create three-dimensional structures and machinery down to dimensions at the 10- 100 nanometer scale. By cooling these devices to ultralow temperatures we can enter a regime called "mesoscopic" in which quantum mechanical phenomena are apparent. Possible applications span fundamental measurement, engineering, to biological and medical sciences. He recently developed the first nanodevices capable of weighing individual biological molecules. This technology may lead to new forms of molecular identification that are cheaper and faster than existing methods, as well as revolutionary new instruments for proteomics. Michael Roukes received the B.A. degree with a double major of physics and chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1978 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1985. He spent seven years as a Member of Technical Staff/Principal Investigator at Bell Communications Research before joining Caltech in 1992. Dr. Roukes is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Co-Founder of Nanokinetics Corporation.

Professor Keith Schwab

Keith Schwab received the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), in 1996. While with UC Berkeley, he developed and demonstrated a superfluid SQUID device. He then demonstrated quantized thermal transport in a nanodevice at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1999, where he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar. In 2000, he joined the National Security Agency’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences, College Park, MD, where he leads an ultralow-temperature group focused on nanomechanics, qubits, and quantum measurement. He has authored over 30 journal papers. His current research uses nano electromechanical systems to explore the domain where quantum phenomena should be observable in a mechanical system: a new experimental realm where the interaction between two fully quantum systems can be studied (electrical and mechanical), what might be called quantum electro-mechanics (QEM). The title of his talk at the conference is: Cooper-Pair Molasses: Coolling a nanomechanical resonator with quantum backaction.

Professor Michelle Simmons

Professor Michelle Simmons took a double degree in physics and chemistry at Durham University, where she was awarded her doctorate in 1992. She spent six years as a post-doctoral researcher at the famous Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. She came to Australia in 1999 as a QEII Fellow to set up a research program in quantum electronics at UNSW, She is now a Federation Fellow and pProfessor in the UNSW School of Physics. She is also co-author of the book "Nanotechnology, Small things, Big Science", (Chapman and Hall, May 2002). Professor Simmons now heads one of the world-leading research groups in electronic device fabrication in silicon at the atomic-scale, in the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology. She has built on her extensive expertise in semiconductor physics and crystal growth to make significant breakthroughs in two important areas. First, she has made several major advances in our understanding of the fundamental physics of conduction in semiconductors. Second, she has led a team of researchers at UNSW to demonstrate that it is possible to build a working electronic device in silicon at the near-atomic scale, assembling atoms one by one. Michelle Simmons won the 2005 Australian Academy of Science's Pawsey Medal.

Professor Robert Clark

Bob Clark is the Director of the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology and the Program Manager for the Hybrid Quantum Conventional Processor. Robert Clark's early career involved 10 years service as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy (1969-79), during which he undertook his BSc degree at the Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay and UNSW. On resigning from the RAN he completed a PhD in Physics at UNSW and the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford. After a postdoctural research position at the Clarendon he was appointed University Lecturer in Physics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford in 1984. During this period he headed a research group at the Clarendon Laboratory investigating quantum effects in advanced semiconductor systems, in fractional quantum Hall effect. He returned to Australia in 1991 to take up the position of Professor of Experimental Physics at UNSW, where he founded and established the National Laboratory and Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility. He was appointed Director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in 2000. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Solid State Communications and has been the Australian representative for nanotechnology, International Union of Vacuum Science. Robert has received a number of awards and distinctions over the years, both in Australia and abroad. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was a recipient of an inaugural Federation Fellowship by the Australian Government, presented by the Prime Minister. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal and was selected in the Bulletin Magazine's Australian"smart 100 list" for innovation and achievement.