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20 April, 2021 - 23:18 By Tony Quested

DeepMind ace joins Cambridge Quantum Computing

Cambridge Quantum Computing has secured a major coup by hiring DeepMind’s Professor Stephen Clark as head of Artificial Intelligence. 

At DeepMind – the UK AI subsidiary of Alphabet Inc – Professor Clark was a senior staff research scientist and led a team working on grounded language learning in virtual environments. 

Prior to DeepMind, Prof. Clark spent 10 years as a member of faculty at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology, where he was Reader in Natural Language Processing.

Before that he was a member of faculty at the Oxford University Department of Computer Science and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex,and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College).

Ilyas Khan, CEO of CQC, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Prof. Clark to Cambridge Quantum as a senior member of our amazing scientific team. Steve is a world class scientist of the absolute highest standing and I am excited at the perspective and leadership he brings at this vital time of our development. 

“As head of Artificial Intelligence, Steve will advance our mission of making the most of quantum computing hardware in these early stages of their development, as we create applications that will affect humanity as a whole when quantum computers scale and approach fault tolerance.”

Prof. Clark added: “I am delighted to be joining Cambridge Quantum, a cutting-edge worldleading quantum computing company. I am especially pleased to be reigniting my longstanding collaboration with Prof. Bob Coecke, now chief scientist at Cambridge Quantum, and excited about exploring the potential of quantum computers in AI generally with the company’s impressive scientific teams. 

“I am also very excited that I will be continuing, indeed accelerating, a research program in language processing that started 15 years ago when I presented at OASIS (The Oxford Advanced Seminar on Informatic Structures), setting out the problem of composing distributed representations in language, which seems especially well-suited to a solution based on quantum computation.”

Founded in 2014 and backed by some of the world’s leading quantum computing companies, CQC is a global leader in quantum software and quantum algorithms, enabling clients to achieve the most out of rapidly evolving quantum computing hardware. CQC has offices in the UK, USA and Japan. 

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