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 our mentors

To help our teams in the hackathons, we have invited mentors to guide our participants. The invited mentors are from both the Smart City and the Quantum Computing domain for a more holistic mentorship during the hackathon. They will help to provide expertise in their respective field and feedback on the participants' proposed ideas during the hackathon. Teams can sign up and book a consultation slot with our mentors during the hackathon. Feel free to read more about our judges here! 

 Quantum computing mentors

Dr. Aghamalyan Davit

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Over the years, Dr. Davit has worked in many different areas of quantum physics. “It’s been a big journey,” he says. Joining CQT’s PhD programme in 2011, he completed his thesis on “Atomtronics: Quantum Technology with Cold Atoms in Ring Shaped Optical Lattices” supervised by Kwek Leong Chuan. After graduating, he moved to France for a postdoctoral stint where he worked on cold atom collisions. He returned to CQT in 2017 as a Research Fellow. Then, Dr. Davit was part of a collaboration between CQT and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing on quantum optical systems.


Later, Dr. Davit moved his quantum expertise into machine learning. Dr. Davit joined Singapore Management University in July 2020 as a Research Scientist. With his supervisor, Professor Paul Griffin, he had been exploring the potential of quantum machine learning to make better predictive models for credit scoring. Currently Dr. Davit has joined A*star's Institute of High Performance Computing (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), where he is working in Quantum Optics, Quantum Machine Learning and on Quantum Control of many-body quantum systems.

Dr. Goh Siong Thye

Dr. Goh is a scientist at A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and an Adjunct Professor at Singapore Management University (SMU). He was a research scientist at the School of Computing and Information Systems, SMU. He received a Ph.D. degree in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include enhancing QUBO solvers to solve combinatorial optimization problems. He also explores quantum algorithms such as QAOA. He received an M.Sc in Mathematics and a B.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore. 

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Professor Kwek Leong Chuan

Professor Kwek is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, co-Director of the Centre for Quantum Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University and a member of the team supporting Singapore’s National Quantum Computing Hub. For the last twenty years, his research has focused primarily on quantum information science and ultracold atoms. He is also a strong advocate for physics education and outreach.

Jonathan Lau Wei Zhong

Jonathan is PhD student at the Center for Quantum Technologies, located in the National University of Singapore, under the supervision of Professor Kwek Leong Chuan.


Jonathan's research interests are somewhat broad, but the common theme is investigating how we might use the emerging platforms that the field of quantum technologies is providing us (in particular quantum simulators and near term quantum computers) for practical purposes. In particular, he has an interest in utilizing such platforms to study dynamics in many-body physics. His current research projects can be found under the Research tab here.


Jonathan also actively work with experimentalists, and have ongoing collaborations with the experimental photonics group at the Quantum Science and Engineering Centre in NTU, and the experimental atomtronics group under Rainer Dumke.


SMART CITY mentors

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Professor Christopher Poskitt

Professor Chris is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Education) at Singapore Management University (SMU), where he is a member of the Research Lab for Intelligent Software Engineering. Prior to SMU, he held research and teaching positions at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research broadly addresses the problem of engineering correct and secure software/systems, towards which he has co-developed techniques for testing/defending cyber-physical systems, tools for analysing execution models of concurrency APIs, and logics for reasoning about the correctness of graph-rewriting programs. His research interests span software engineering, formal methods, cybersecurity, and computer science education.

Professor Jisun An

Professor Jisun is an assistant professor at the School of Computing and Information Systems, Singapore Management University (SMU-SCIS). She is interested in doing data science in journalism, politics, health, and computational social science. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, which can only be achieved by combining theoretical foundations, computational methods such as NLP and machine learning, and massive computing capability.


Before joining SMU-SCIS, Professor Jisun worked as a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, the UK in 2015. For her study, she was funded by EPSRC and is now an honourable recipient of the Google European Scholarship. She is an Associate Editor of EPJ Data Science journal, and she has been a member of the PC of major computer science conferences and computational social science conferences.


Professor Min Lee

Professor Min Lee is an assistant professor at Singapore Management University. His research explores how humans and AI can collaborate with each other to improve healthcare practices.

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