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IQT the Hague Update: Babak Saif, Program Scientist for Quantum Communications at NASA is a 2024 Speaker

Babak Saif, Program Scientist for Quantum Communications at NASA is an IQT the Hague 2024 Conference speaker

Babak Saif, Program Scientist for Quantum Communications at NASA is an IQT the Hague 2024 Conference speaker

The IQT The Hague conference, a pivotal gathering for quantum technology enthusiasts, experts, and policymakers, will feature Babak Saif, a distinguished optical physicist from NASA/GSFC and the program scientist for quantum communications at NASA. Saif, who also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, has an impressive academic and professional background, with two Ph.D. degrees specializing in biophysics and optical interferometry. His contributions to the field have been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Exceptional Technology Development medal for his work on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Exceptional Public Service medal for developing specialized speckle interferometry for large structures.

During the conference, Saif is slated to participate in the panel on “The Promise of Space in the Quantum Internet” on Day 2, Session 5, where he will share his insights into the potential of space-based quantum communications. His experience as the chief optical metrologist for the JWST, instrument scientist for atom interferometry gravity gradiometer projects, and his current role in developing a space quantum link underscores the critical role of space technologies in advancing quantum communications, a big focus currently at NASA.

Saif’s work at NASA on establishing a space quantum link to swap entanglements between long-distance observatories highlights the exciting possibilities of extending quantum communication networks beyond terrestrial constraints and into space. This endeavor could pave the way for a global quantum internet, offering unprecedented security and speed for data transmission.

Attendees of the IQT The Hague conference can expect to understand better how space technologies can enhance quantum communication infrastructure, addressing challenges in distance and environmental interference that currently limit terrestrial quantum networks. Saif’s session will undoubtedly be a highlight for those interested in the intersection of quantum technologies and space exploration, especially looking at ongoing projects at NASA. It offers a unique perspective on the future of quantum communications and its implications for scientific research, national security, and global connectivity.

IQT The Hague 2024 is the Netherlands’ fifth global conference and exhibition. The Hague is a Quantum Technology Event focusing on Quantum Networking and Quantum Security. Ten vertical topics encompassing more than 40 panel talks from over 100 speakers will provide attendees with a deep understanding of state-of-the-art developments of the future quantum internet and the current impact of quantum-safe technologies on cybersecurity and quantum computers.

The conference brings together corporate management, entrepreneurs, end users, technology providers, infrastructure partners, researchers, and investors working on current developments. IQT The Hague is organized by 3DR Holdings, IQT Research, QuTech, QIA (Quantum Internet Alliance), and Quantum Delta NL, who will bring leading organizations and professionals together in this important event. The April conference is “in-person” to ensure maximum networking and discussion at the Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre in The Hague.

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