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Women Of Quantum Technology- Maria Lukomskaya of QUANT AI Lab

Maria Lukomskaya, AI Engineer at QUANT AI Lab speaks on her journey into the quantum ecosystem.
By Kenna Hughes-Castleberry posted 12 Jun 2024

The burgeoning intersection between quantum computing and AI has attracted many curious individuals. Among these, few names stand out as distinctly as Maria Lukomskaya, an AI Engineer at QUANT AI Lab, the Axpe Consulting group’s unit for its Artificial Intelligence solutions. Her journey from a curious student at Sorbonne to her current position in AI, deeply involved in the quantum computing industry, acts as a beacon for other aspiring women in technology.

Lukomskaya’s interest in quantum technology was piqued by the field’s inherent mystery and constant evolution. “I’m fascinated by quantum technology for its captivating challenges, pushing the boundaries of classical intuition,” she shared with Inside Quantum Technology. “Its constant development and complexity intrigue me and fuel my curiosity.” This fascination was not just academic; it was a passion that drove her to uncover new rules in a field that thrived on its unpredictability.

The beginning of Lukomskaya’s journey into quantum computing and AI began with her academic career. “I’ve always been intrigued by innovation, and with degrees in Physics and FinTech, my academic path naturally led me to develop a keen interest in the quantum computing industry.” During her studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), quantum computing emerged as a topic of her curriculum, where she had a class on quantum computing and communication.

She explained: “After MSU, at the Sorbonne, my interests frequently led to discussions about innovations with peers and professors. Particularly discussions with Dr. Bertrand K. Hassani inspired us to choose this subject with the focus on financial applications for the final paper of the course. This was the beginning of my journey.” Continuing to broaden her horizons, Lukomskaya has participated in IBM and Womanium’s summer schools and is currently enrolled in a QubitxQubit course in collaboration with Google Quantum AI. She also does research projects with the support of the QOSF mentorship program. She added, “This is how I got exposed to the world of quantum computing, and I’ve been on an exploration ever since as a quantum enthusiast’’

During her master’s degree, Lukomskaya found a position at QUANT AI Lab, an international firm focused on AI and advanced data analytics. “We apply cutting-edge technologies to craft top-tier business solutions,” Lukomskaya elaborated. Her work spans a broad spectrum of projects, from developing complex fraud detection systems to sophisticated natural language processing applications. Each project is not just a professional endeavor but a unique adventure, presenting distinct challenges and opportunities for learning. In this role, she harnesses her technical prowess and creative problem-solving skills to make tangible contributions to the business world. 

As an individual within the quantum and AI ecosystems, Lukomskaya understands the importance of creating a more inclusive and diverse community. She believes in the power of education, mentorship, internships, and proactive initiatives by companies and communities to nurture a diverse talent pool. “These measures have the potential to foster a more inclusive and equitable environment, ultimately driving innovation and progress,” she stated.

Kenna Hughes-Castleberry is the Managing Editor at Inside Quantum Technology and the Science Communicator at JILA (a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and NIST). Her writing beats include deep tech, quantum computing, and AI. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Ars Technica, and more.

Categories: Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, women in quantum

Tags: Maria Lukomskaya, QUANT AI Lab, Women in quantum

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