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UKZN InQubate Workshop

UKZN InQubate in partnership with the Quantum Physics Research Group invites all Staff and Students to attend an informative workshop themed, “Seeing Quantum Physics and AI Through an IP Lens”.

Topics to be covered:

  • The types of IP that are applicable to Quantum Physics and AI Inventions
  • The legislation that applies to Quantum Technology
  • Protection of Quantum Technology and AI Inventions
  • Types of Quantum Technology and AI Inventions that can be protected
  • The Process of protecting these Inventions
  • Ownership



Dr Yaseera Ismail
Dr Yaseera Ismail is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an Experimental Quantum Physicist within the Quantum Research Group. She obtained a master of science in Physics Cum Laude in 2011 based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa and obtained a doctorate degree specialising in experimental quantum optics in 2015 at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal within the Quantum Research Group. Her research interest lies in developing quantum-enabled devices in the field of quantum information, processing, communication and computation.


Dr Matthew R. Adendorf
Matthew is the Data Lead at Open Cities Lab (OCL), a civic technology not-for-profit start-up in Durban, South Africa. He is also the co-founder of Tenji, a high performance data-science lab that leverages technology to power compound, evidence-based insights. He oversees the design and implementation of computational infrastructure, web app deployment, data analysis pipeline construction, and the application of algorithms for insightful processing of information. Matthew was introduced to data-science and machine learning during his studies in computational nanotechnology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining his PhD in 2016. Since then, he has worked to apply these methodologies to challenges in media analytics, city-centric data-science, bias detection, and socio-economic topology modelling.


Mr Vishen Pillay
Vishen Pillay is a partner in the patent department of Adams & Adams Attorneys, the largest intellectual property (IP) law firm in South Africa. He has a background in electronic engineering (UKZN) and is an admitted attorney as well as a qualified patent attorney . Having approximately 17 years of experience in IP (12 years of post-qualification experience), Vishen specialises in assisting his clients to protect their inventions in the fields of electronics, software including artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies, quantum communication and computing, radar, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. In particular, he deals with all matters relating to filing and prosecution of patent and design applications in South Africa and abroad, as well as IP strategy.


Dr Marco Mariola
Dr Marco Mariola studied Astronautical Engineering at the School of Aerospace Engineering at La Sapienza of Rome. He received a PhD in Quantum Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2015. In 2006 It was employed as a professional antenna designer, responsible for electromagnetic and structural analysis, at GRUNER S.R.L. Nettuno, Italy. Dr Mariola is a Senior Lecturer of Physics at the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and part of the Quantum Research Group headed by Prof Francesco Petruccione. Dr Mariola’s research involves designing new tracking and synchronisation techniques for free-space quantum cryptography, customisation of laboratory instruments and energy harvesting. Dr Mariola is engaged in the educational program for disadvantaged students promoted by the Rotary of Durban Umhlatuzana.


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23 09 22


13:00 - 16:00

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