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Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: 18 Dec 2018

December 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| $30

Intro to Quantum Computing for Investments 

A QWAFAFEW discussion led by:

Vern Brownell

Abstract:
D-Wave is primarily focused on three broad categories of use case: optimization, sampling, and machine learning. They will describe proof of concept demonstrations of how banks have used their quantum computer to perform portfolio optimization, trading trajectory optimization, signal impending market instability, and finance academics have devised models for predicting market crashes that ought to map to our hardware, but haven’t been run on it yet. They can also show examples of the use of their hardware to develop machine learning classifiers for making decisions that lend themselves to analogous tasks in financial applications. The latter works especially well in comparison to classical machine learning when the amount of training data is very limited (and/or noisy). So, in total there is a broad enough array of financial applications that map to, and have been shown to be solved on, D-Wave’s quantum computer.

Bio:
Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. During his tenure D-Wave secured its first customers including Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and raised over $170 million in venture funding. Mr. Brownell joined D-Wave from Egenera, a pioneer of infrastructure virtualization, a company he founded and at which he held executive roles including CEO. Prior to Egenera, Mr. Brownell served as the Chief Technology Officer at Goldman Sachs where he and his staff of 1,300 were responsible for worldwide technology infrastructure. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 
Time: 6:15 PM sharpe
3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club
939 Boylston Street

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Steerage Committee:
Hugh Crowther
Dan diBartolomeo
Mike Dunn
Steve Gaudette
Sri Krishnamurthy
Mark Kritzman
John Minahan
Donna Cool Murphy (Dinners)
Larry Pohlman
Dan Potter
Dan Rie
Evan Schulman
Michael Wilcox

The members of the Steerage Committee are responsible for coordinating the program content.

Program suggestions from members are always welcome.

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Details

Date:
December 18
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
$30

Organizer

Hugh
Email:
hugh@QWAFAFEW.org

Venue

Tennis & Racquet Club
3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA,
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