Dr. Panagiotis Barkoutsos is a research staff member at IBM Research – Zurich working on foundations of quantum computing and the theoretical aspects of quantum computation/simulation. The main interest lies in simulations of quantum chemistry and combinatorial optimization in near term quantum computers. Panagiotis holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, group of Prof. M. Troyer,Department of Theoretical Physics, in the field of quantum computing and applications of near term quantum computers for quantum chemistry. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from NTUA and a Master’s degree in Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. He is currently working in the interface of quantum computing with industrial applications and the development of open source software for near term quantum computers.