anirban-bandyopadhyay-webDr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay

Anirban Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Scientist in the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan. PhD from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata 2005, on supramolecular electronics. During 2005-2008 selected as Independent Researcher, ICYS Research Fellow in the International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS), NIMS, Japan, worked on brain-like bio-processor building. In 2007, started as permanent Scientist in NIMS, working on cavity resonator model of human brain & brainlike organic jelly. During 2013-2014 a visiting professor in MIT, USA. Hitachi Science and Technology award 2010, Inamori Foundation award 2011-2012, Kurata Foundation Award, etc, few of 40 Keynote/Plenary lectures available in YouTube.

Dr. Bandyopadhyay will be presenting on the Quantum Mind panel.

alexander-wendt-webProfessor Alexander Wendt

Alexander Wendt is Mershon Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University.  He received his PhD in 1989 from the University of Minnesota, and before coming to OSU in 2004 had taught previously at Yale University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Chicago. Wendt is interested in philosophical aspects of social science, with special reference to international relations.  He is the author of several well-known journal articles, as well as Social Theory of International Politics (Cambridge, 1999), which in 2006 received the International Studies Association award for “Best Book of the Decade” in the field.  In the 2013 TRIP survey of 1400 International Relations scholars he was named as the most influential scholar in the field over the past 20 years. Wendt’s new book, Quantum Mind and Social Science (Cambridge, 2015), explores the implications for social science of the possibility that consciousness is a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon – in effect, that human beings are walking wave functions. He is also co-editor ofInternational Theory (Cambridge), which he co-founded with Duncan Snidal to bring together scholarship from international relations theory, international legal theory,and international political theory.

Professor Wendt will be presenting a pre-taped lecture and joining us for a Skype Q&A.

alexa-meade-webAlexa Meade

Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles-based artist who is known for her portraits painted on the human body, making people into seemingly 2-D works of art. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and received critical acclaim from CNN, Wired, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and more. She has lectured at the California Institute of the Arts, UCBerkeley, National Geographic London, Wired, and the TED Global Conference. Her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed over 2 million times.

Growing up in Washington D.C., Alexa originally carved out a neat path in the life of politics. She interned on Capitol Hill and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign in Colorado as a press staffer. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from Vassar College in 2009, Alexa decided that what she really wanted to be was an artist. She had a simple idea to put black paint over natural shadows, which evolved into something much larger. By painting the mapping of light directly on top of a 3D space, Alexa was able to create the illusion that the world was a 2D painting.

Alexa currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and travels the world creating art installations. She works on commissioned portraits and sells limited edition prints of her artworks. On the side, Alexa is currently transforming her home into a “Fun House,” collaborating with magicians, working on a line of toys, and teaching visually impaired adults at the Braille Institute how to make paper mache.

Alexa will be presenting on the Quantum Metaphysics panel.

andrew-duggins-webDr. Andrew Duggins

Andrew Duggins is a practicing clinical neurologist in western Sydney with a clinical interest in dementia and stroke, but is also a theoretical neuroscientist of consciousness. He works as a Staff Specialist at Westmead Hospital, where he runs a Cognition Clinic, as a Visiting Medical Officer at Nepean Hospital, and in private neurology practice. In 1999, Andrew began his doctorate research in the science of consciousness with functional MRI experiments under the supervision of Chris Frith at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience in London. Andrew was awarded a PhD in theoretical neuroscience from University College London in 2009 for his dissertation “The Form of Consciousness”. Taking his cue from 20th century physics, Andrew has more recently explored the potential for differential geometry and information theory to advance our understanding of consciousness, particularly the distortions of spatial and temporal experience that characterise the clinical neurologic disorders of vestibular neuronitis and hemispatial neglect. When not seeing patients or thinking about consciousness, Andrew pursues interests in music, travel and medical education. He plays cello in an amateur string quartet. He is a member of the National Examining Panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In 2013 he spent 3 months as a Health Frontiers volunteer teaching post-graduate neurology in the Lao PDR.

Dr. Duggins will be presenting on the Quantum Mind panel.

andrew-dzurak-webScientia Professor Andrew Dzurak

Andrew Dzurak is the Director of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, a network of university-based laboratories that provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities. Following a PhD in Cambridge, Andrew returned to Australia in 1994 to establish the nanofabrication facilities at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He also began an initiative to develop a solid state quantum computer and, with Bob Clark and other colleagues, established the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in January 2000. The centre now maintains the world’s largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing. Andrew is the Centre’s Work-Package Leader in this area, as well as Lead Investigator for a multi-institutional program grant in silicon quantum computing from the US Army Research Office. Since 2010 he has published 10 papers in the prestigious Science and Nature group journals, including 4 seminal papers in Nature that have demonstrated the world’s first one- and two-qubit quantum logic calculations in silicon chip devices. In total he has published well over 100 scientific papers and is a co-inventor on 11 patent families. Andrew has been awarded the 2011 Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2012 New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies, and his two-qubit silicon logic gate was selected by Physics World, UK as one of the world’s Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs for 2015.

Professor Dzurak will be presenting on the Quantum Matter panel.

azar-gat-webProfessor Azar Gat

Azar Gat is Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He took his BA from Haifa University (1978), MA from Tel Aviv University (1983), and DPhil from the University of Oxford (1986). His publications include: The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitz (Oxford UP, 1989); The Development of Military Thought: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 1992); Fascist and Liberal Visions of War: Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists (Oxford UP, 1998); and British Armour Theory and the Rise of the Panzer Arm: Revising the Revisionists (Macmillan, 2000). The first three books have been reissued in one volume as A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War (Oxford UP, 2001). His War in Human Civilization (Oxford UP, 2006) was named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). His most recent books include: Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How it is still Imperiled (Hoover, 2010); and Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism (Cambridge UP, 2013). His current book-in-progress is titled The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace: But Will the Future Bounce Back.

Professor Gat will be presenting on the Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (final) roundtable.

bentley-allan-webAssistant Professor Bentley Allan

Bentley B. Allan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2012. His work seeks to understand and explain the interconnected histories of science, progress, and environmental problems at the international level. He is working on a book manuscript, From Means to Ends: How Scientific Cosmology Transformed International Politics, 1550-2015, which theorizes the effects of cosmological shifts in Western science on the goals and purposes of states. The book argues that scientific ideas made possible and bolstered ideas about control, progress, and economic growth that haven been  central to international orders over the last four hundred years. He is working on a second project on the history of climate governance which shows how U.S. funding for the geophysical sciences during the Cold War has shaped the form and content of climate politics. In addition, he is co-editor, with Ted Hopf (National University of Singapore), of Making Identity Count: Building a National Identity Database (Oxford University Press, 2016).


Professor Chao-Yang Lu

Chao-Yang Lu received PhD from University of Cambridge and is a Professor of Physics at the University of Science and Technology. Lu has published 36 articles in Rev. Mod. Phys., Nature, PNAS and PRL, widely covered in BBC, IOP, APS, New Scientist, and Sci Am. He has been awarded Fellowship from Churchill College, National Thousand Talent, Hong Kong Qiushi Outstanding Young Scholars, USTC Young Faculty Career Award. He is the PI of 8 research grants with a total value >2.5M €.

Professor Lu will be presenting on the Quantum Matter panel.

chris-reussmit-webProfessor Christian Reus-Smit

Chris Reus Smit is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Chair in International Relations at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Individual Rights and the Making of the International System (Cambridge 2013), American Power and World Order (Polity 2004) and The Moral Purpose of the State (Princeton 1999); co-author of Special Responsibilities in World Politics (Cambridge 2012); editor of The Politics of International Law (Cambridge 2004); and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of International Relations (Oxford 2008), Resolving International Crises of Legitimacy (Special issue of International Politics 2007), and Between Sovereignty and Global Governance (Macmillan 1998). He has been awarded the Northedge Prize (1992), the BISA Prize (2002), the Susan Strange Prize (2014), and in 2015 he received the Outstanding Research Award in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. Professor Reus-Smit edits (with Nicholas Wheeler) the Cambridge Studies in International Relations books series, is an editor (with Duncan Snidal and Alexander Wendt) of the journal International Theory, and is a General Editor (with Duncan Snidal) of a new twelve volume series of Oxford Handbooks of International Relations.

Professor Reus-Smit will be presenting on the Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (final) roundtable.

christopher-fuchs-webProfessor Christopher A. Fuchs

Christopher A. Fuchs is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Previously,  he held research positions at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, and Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.  From 1996-1999 he was the Lee DuBridge Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.  In 2010 he was a winner of the International Quantum Communication Award, and in 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In a recent posting, he described himself as “for the last 25 years having lived and breathed the question of what quantum theory is trying to tell us about the world.”  He calls his current understanding of this QBism.

Professor Fuchs will be presenting on the Quantum Metaphysics panel.

colin-wight-webProfessor Colin Wight

Colin Wight’s research interests originate in the desire to explore and understand the fragmented nature of International Relations Theory and to embed this understanding in wider intellectual and public debates. Although primarily interested in theory all his work is constructed around the desire to understand, and show, how theoretical work impacts on empirical research; the Political Studies piece on ‘The Agent-Structure Problem and Institutional Racism’ being a good example of this.

Professor Wight will be moderating the Quantum Mind panel.

frank-smith-webDr. Frank Smith

Frank Smith is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His teaching and research examine the relationship between technology and security. Previously, he was a visiting scholar with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, a research fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute, and a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in biological chemistry, both from the University of Chicago. 

Dr. Smith will be moderating the Quantum Matter panel.

jairus-grove-webDr. Jairus V. Grove

Jairus Grove is Director of the University of Hawaii Center for Futures Studies. His research focuses on the relationship between technology and global politics, specifically the transformative effects of what are often called ‘disruptive technologies’ and the ways technical innovations undermine political order and governance systems. He has been a guest of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology, and is currently engaged in the co-design of a mobile governance platform for indigenous and island communities displaced by sea level rise and climate change. His recent publications can be found in Critical Studies on Security, Theory & Event, and The Boston Review. He has recently completed two book manuscripts, Thinking Like a Bomb: Essays on The Insurgency of Things and Must We Persist to Continue.

Dr. Grove is the Q Lecture keynote speaker of 2016 and will be moderating the Quantum Metaphysics panel.

der_derian_james_photo22Professor James Der Derian

Professor James Der Derian is the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. His research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film. He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network and Critical Practices in International Theory. He has produced four film documentaries: Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, Human Terrain and Project Z.

Professor Der Derian is director of Project Q and will be moderating the Quantum Moment panel and final roundtable.

john-santos-webDr. John Phillip Santos

John Phillip Santos is a widely published author and media producer who has produced documentaries and news programs in sixteen countries for CBS and PBS.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Antonio Express-News and numerous other publications in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.  Mr. Santos was the first Latino to be elected as a Rhodes Scholar and holds degrees in English Literature and Language from Oxford University, and Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame.

In 2006, he launched the San Antonio-based Ateneo Mestizo, an international interdisciplinary roundtable exploring mestizo identity and consciousness through seminars, public symposia, exhibitions and performance. Santos was a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, where he co-founded the Global Media Project, teaching a seminar on the history of media and global conflict, and producing documentaries, including “Terror’s Telling Tales,” chronicling the history of terrorist uses of media.

Since 2010, he has been University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, teaching in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio.

Dr. Santos will be presenting on the Quantum Metaphysics panel.

Johnjoe McFaddenProfessor Johnjoe McFadden

Johnjoe McFadden is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. For more than two decades, McFadden has researched the genetics of microbes such as the agents of tuberculosis and meningitis. More recently his research focus has shifted to systems biology of infectious disease, constructing mathematical models and performing metabolomics analysis of metabolism in both the TB bacillus and the meningococcus. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on subjects as wide-ranging as bacterial genetics, tuberculosis, idiopathic diseases and computer modelling of evolution. He has contributed to more than a dozen books and has edited a book on the genetics of mycobacteria and systems biology of tuberculosis.

As well as his basic science McFadden is also an author of many popular newspaper and magazine articles on a range of topics from the evolution of altruism to synthetic biology or quantum biology. He wrote the book “Quantum Evolution” in 2000 outlining a case for the involvement of quantum mechanics in life and evolution; he co-edited “Human Nature: Fact and Fiction” with Robin Headlam-Wells in 2006 examining human nature from the perspective of both science and literature; and is co-author with Jim Al-Khalili of the book, “Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology published in 2014 and shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize Science Book of the Year 2015.

Professor McFadden will be presenting on the Quantum Mind panel.

karen-obrien-webProfessor Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation. She is especially interested in the ways that transdisciplinary research can contribute to ethical and equitable transformations to sustainability. She is also intrigued by the potential implications of quantum social theory for climate change responses. Karen is the co-founder of, a website that provides perspectives on transformation in a changing climate.

Professor O’Brien will be presenting on the Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (final) roundtable.

5150 Eureka Prize PhotographyProfessor Michael Biercuk

Prof. Michael J. Biercuk is an experimental physicist and Director of the Quantum Control Laboratory.  His group is focused on developing techniques to control and exploit quantum mechanical phenomena as resources powering a new generation of quantum-enabled technologies.Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Harvard University.  From 2005-2008 Michael served as a full-time scientific consultant to DARPA, where he specialized in quantum information science and next-generation microprocessor architectures.  Following his time in DC, Michael returned to the laboratory working in the Ion Storage Group at NIST, Boulder.  Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press, providing commentary on issues pertaining to science policy and the role of science in society.

Professor Biercuk will be presenting on the Quantum Moment panel.

shohini-ghose-webAssociate Professor Shohini Ghose

Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. She is a theoretical physicist who examines how the laws of quantum physics might be harnessed to transform computation and communication. She and her co-workers made the first-ever movies of cesium atoms demonstrating a connection between chaos theory and quantum entanglement. She is the recipient of several awards including a 2011 Sera Bengali award and a TED Fellowship in 2014. She is an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Dr. Ghose will be presenting on the Quantum Moment panel.

simon-tormey-webProfessor Simon Tormey

Simon Tormey is a political theorist based in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Sydney in 2009 he was Professor and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham UK. He was educated at the University of Wales, Swansea receiving his doctorate in 1991. He was a Research Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Leicester before joining Nottingham in 1990. In 2005 he was awarded a personal chair (‘professorship’) in Politics and Critical Theory.

Professor Tormey will be in attendance as well as providing the opening remarks to the symposium.

stephen-bartlett-webProfessor Stephen Bartlett

Professor Stephen Bartlett is pursuing fundamental research in the theory of quantum physics. His particular focus is on quantum information theory, including the theory of quantum computing, as well as the foundational issues of quantum mechanics.

Professor Bartlett completed his PhD in mathematical physics at the University of Toronto in 2000. Moving to Australia, he directed his research to the theory of quantum computing, first as a Macquarie University Research Fellow and then as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Since 2005, he has lead a research program in theoretical quantum physics at University of Sydney, with interests spanning quantum computing, quantum measurement and control, quantum many-body systems, and the foundations of quantum theory.

Professor Bartlett will be presenting on the Quantum Matter panel.

stephen-delrosso-webStephen Del Rosso

Stephen Del Rosso is Director of International Peace and Security at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where his work focuses on a range of issues including peacebuilding; nuclear security; U.S. relations with China, Iran, and North Korea; Middle East regional security; and bridging the gap between academic research and policymaking. He was Director of Programs at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations from 1996-99, and managed The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Global Security Program for almost six years. A former career diplomat, Del Rosso served nearly ten years in the U.S. Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean. His Washington assignments included tours in the Operations Center and on the Executive Secretariat staff of Secretary of State George Shultz, where he was responsible for the East Asia and Pacific portfolio and was a participant in the Secretary of State’s Middle East “Shuttle Diplomacy.”

While at the Department of State, he also served on detail as Program Coordinator of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Arms Control Legislative Management Officer, and Director of the Office of Legislative Management. Previously, he was a Presidential Management Fellow in the international affairs division at NASA, news producer for the Voice of America, and staff assistant to British Member of Parliament, Julian Critchley.

Del Rosso holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow; a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins SAIS; and a B.A. from Tufts University. He serves on several not-for-profit boards, is an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and a member of various international affairs-related membership organizations. His writings on an array of subjects have appeared in a wide range of publications.

Mr. Del Rosso will be presenting on the Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (final) roundtable.

taylor-owen-webAssistant Professor Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He is the founder and Editor of, an award-winning international affairs website, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He is the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (OUP, 2015). @taylor_owen

Dr. Owen will be presenting on the Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (final) roundtable.