Biography of Anne Matsuura

Dr. Anne MatsuuraDr. Anne Matsuura, director of quantum applications and architecture at Intel Labs, will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2020 International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE20). IEEE will host this virtual event 12-16 October 2020. QCE20, also known as IEEE Quantum Week, will drive discussions on using quantum computing to solve complex global challenges.

On Thursday, 15 October, Dr. Matsuura will deliver her keynote presentation, “Quantum Computing: A Scalable, Systems Approach.” This talk will describe the promise and challenges of bringing quantum computing out of the lab and into a commercial full computer system and will give an overview of Intel’s quantum computing research.

Anne Matsuura’s background in quantum computing and research

Dr. Anne Matsuura began her career researching materials used in electronics, including high-temperature superconductors with novel magnetic properties. This area of research has evolved into the relatively new discipline of quantum materials. From there, Dr. Matsuura delved into quantum applications and computing, working toward the revolutionary goal of building a commercially viable quantum computer.


Dr. Matsuura earned her bachelor of science in math and physics at Vanderbilt University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Nagoya University in Japan. She went on to earn her PhD in physics at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr. Matsuura was responsible for the yearly upkeep and optimization of the beamline at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, a facility operated for the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Research in quantum computing

While Dr. Matsuura’s early career centered on other aspects of quantum physics, she pivoted to quantum computing research in her current position with Intel. She has advanced our understanding of quantum computing by running simulations of quantum algorithms. This includes work on noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) machines, which are notably error prone. Her goal is to introduce improvements that will allow NISQ systems to outperform classical computers.

Anne Matsuura’s notable accomplishments

Dr. Matsuura’s accomplishments include innovations across several areas of quantum materials and quantum computing, as well as a decade of experience building multidisciplinary research programs. Originally a physicist known for her research on high-temperature superconductors, she has also worked extensively in quantum applications.

Career accomplishments

Early in her career, Dr. Matsuura worked as a researcher at the National Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation at Lund University in Sweden. She later contributed to developing specialized coatings for more efficient photovoltaic devices at the University of Tokyo.

In 2004, Dr. Matsuura accepted the role of program manager for atomic and molecular physics at the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. She later served as a scientist in the Bio/Nano/Chem Group at In-Q-Tel.

In 2009, Dr. Matsuura joined the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF), where she managed over two hundred scientists in scientific collaborations, training, and open-source software. Following this, Dr. Matsuura accepted the position of senior science advisor at the Optical Society (OSA), working on the scientific and technical aspects of OSA’s programs and building global relationships.

Awards and recognition

In 2004, Dr. Matsuura received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for making significant contributions to the Department of Defense. In addition, she was named a Fellow Member of the OSA in 2019 for the contributions she has made to optical science and technology. Specifically, she was recognized for her work in government, industry, and academic institutions.

Advancements in quantum research

Dr. Matsuura’s research has been cited in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She has published work on quantum systems that are impossible to simulate on classical computers. In addition, she made the discovery that several hundred qubits are necessary for quantum speedup.

Published papers and research from Anne Matsuura

Dr. Matsuura has published extensively on quantum materials and quantum computing. In recent years, a number of peer-reviewed journals, including IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering, have featured her articles on quantum applications. Most recently, Dr. Matsuura contributed to the article “Machine-Learning Based Three-Qubit Gate for Realization of a Toffoli Gate with cQED-based Transmon Systems.” The paper explains the use of machine learning techniques to design a three-qubit gate that can be used in combination with two single-qubit gates to realize a Toffoli gate.

Further work examines topics such as methods for translating qubit operations and dynamically adjusting quantum computer clock frequency. Additionally, Dr. Matsuura has contributed to error-mitigation techniques to avoid the issues that arise in the presence of NISQ systems.

Anne Matsuura’s current position

Dr. Matsuura’s extensive research and professional accomplishments have led to her current position as the director of quantum applications and architecture at Intel.

Work at Intel

At Intel, Dr. Matsuura and her team run quantum algorithms to create new applications. Additionally, they have created a forty-nine qubit quantum computing test chip called “Tangle Lake.” Quantum processing chips, coupled with a quantum computing system, will revolutionize computing power and allow researchers to solve the world’s most complex computational challenges.

The computing power that quantum computers provides has the potential to transform many industries. For example, climatologists will be able to more accurately predict extreme weather events and create detailed climate change models. Additionally, health-care providers will be able to diagnose and treat disease with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering

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