ESA Workshop – Quantum Processing of Big Data: from quantum computing to earth observation

Wednesday 3 April 2019
Aula Organi Collegiali, University of Rome La Sapienza

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This event was conceived during a mini-workshop on Quantum Computing for Earth Observation which was held on 15 November 2018 at the ESA Phi-Week ( in ESA’s ESRIN establishment in Frascati, Italy. At this event representatives from the Quantum Computing community, from both academia and industry, met with Earth Observation practitioners. The aim was to explore possible synergies between the two technologies to stimulate their further development and to accelerate their impact for societal benefit.

One of the recommendations following this event was to increase the mutual awareness of the needs and capabilities of the Quantum Computing and Earth Observation communities. The Fifth Quantum Technologies Conference was deemed a good occasion to bring the communities together, taking advantage of the availability of quantum experts attending the conference.

The focus of the workshop is on the application of Quantum Computing for downstream data processing and Earth Observation data exploitation. It will not discuss the use of quantum technologies for sensing. The workshop aims to prepare the ground for the opportunities that will be presented when the quantum community will be able to produce software for quantum-enhanced optimisation problems of direct use in big data management. Together with Machine Learning, Quantum Computing has the potential to be a game-changer in data science and applications.

Quantum Computing
Quantum Machine Learning
Quantum Data Processing
Earth Observation

Welcome and Introduction
Earth Observation Opportunities and Challenges
Quantum Computing Opportunities and Challenges
Round Table Discussion



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Confimed speakers
Cristoforo Abbattista, Planetek
Gordon Campbell, European Space Agency
Mihai Datcu,  German Aerospace Agency (DLR)
Vedran Dunjko, Leiden University
Lucas Lamata, University of the Basque Country
Leonardo De Laurentiis, Tor Vergata Università di Roma
Sveinung Loekken, European Space Agency
Daniel Mills, The University of Edinburgh
Mathieu Picard, Airbus
Andrea Pomente, Tor Vergata Università di Roma
Nicolò Spagnolo, Sapienza Università di Roma
Tobias Stollenwerk,  German Aerospace Agency (DLR)
Chris Stewart, European Space Agency

Scientific Committee
Angelo Bassi, University of Trieste
Mauro Paternostro, Queen’s University Belfast
Fabio Sciarrino, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
Chris Stewart, European Space Agency

Local Organizing Committee:
Giuliana Pensa, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
Gonzalo Carvacho, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

The registration is free but limited to the first 60 participants, due to the venue’s  availability.

Sala Organi Collegiali
University of Rome La Sapienza
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Rome, Italy