Deputy Champion for the Sydney Nano Grand challenge: "Next generation Materials Discovery", School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney
Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Andrew Dzurak is one of world’s leading experts in silicon-based quantum computing. He is a Scientia Professor at UNSW-Australia, and is Director of ANFF-NSW (www.anff-nsw.org), the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Following a PhD in Cambridge in 1993, Andrew was a key participant in the establishment of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computer Technology by Professor Bob Clark, which now maintains the world's largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing. Andrew, with colleague Andrea Morello, demonstrated the world's first silicon quantum bits (qubits) in 2012, and more recently developed a new qubit technology by reconfiguring the ubiquitous CMOS transistors that make up all of today’s silicon processor chips. He leads a team at UNSW focused on the development of a quantum processor that can be manufactured using CMOS technology which is funded by the US Army Research Office, the Australian Research Council, and the company Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. He has published well over 100 scientific papers including 13 papers in Science and Nature group journals, and is co-inventor on 11 patent families. Andrew received the 2011 Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, and his silicon qubit work was selected by Physics World, UK as one of the world's Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs for 2015.
OCE Science Leader, CSIRO
Dr Koribalski obtained her PhD at the University of Bonn in Germany.
She was awarded the Max-Planck Society's Otto-Hahn Medal for her research done in collaboration with colleagues at the neighboring Max-Plank-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR).
In July 1993 she joined CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), now part of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr Koribalski now leads the HI team at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) and mentors numerous postdoctoral fellows and PhD students based at a range of Australian and international universities.
Dr Koribalski was also for many years the coordinator of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science's graduate student program and project leader for the ATCA 3mm receiver upgrade enabled through the Major National Research Funding (MNRF) program.
Dr Sarah Pearce joined CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) as Deputy Chief in February 2011. Prior to this role, she was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics. Sarah's previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament.
Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).
She is currently the Deputy Director of CASS, where she chairs the CASS Executive. Sarah has particular responsibility for CSIRO's role in the Square Kilometre Array project, and manages the CSIRO SKA Centre that coordinates CSIRO SKA activities. She has been Australian Science Director on the SKA Board, and part of the negotiating team for the SKA Convention.
Sarah also leads CASS's new Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which coordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO's share of our new national facility, the NovaSAR satellite.
Dr Williams leads the data-focused research, development and digital capability of CSIRO, and is a member of the Executive Team. He has stewardship of a range of business lines and national facilities including Astronomy and Space Science, the Australia Telescope National Facility, Marine National Facility, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Australian Collections, Information, Management and Technology and Data 61.
Prior to joining CSIRO in 2014, Dr Williams was Chairman of the European Space Agency (ESA), leading the 20-nation council executive body that oversaw the ESA. During this same period Dr Williams was also Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency responsible for developing the strategic vision for UK space, securing bilateral arrangements with various countries, and establishing national facilities in Harwell, England.
During 2005 - 2010 he served as Director General of the UKSA’s forerunner body, the British National Space Centre (BNSC), where he transitioned the National Space Centre into an agency structure, and was Head of the UK Delegation to ESA.
His earlier experience includes 10 years as Head of Strategy and International Relations with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and work with the UK Natural Environment Research Council, industry and academia.
Dr Williams holds BSc degree and a PhD from the University of Reading, served as a Member of the Global Climate Observing Committee, was elected Member of the International Academy for Astronautics in 2012, and is now a non-executive director of AARNET.