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Dr. Bob Sutor

Vice President and Practice Lead

Dr. Bob Sutor

Dr. Bob Sutor has been a technical leader and executive in the IT industry for over 40 years. He is a theoretical mathematician by training, with a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

Bob’s industry role is to advance AI and quantum technologies by providing strategic and technical insight to help build strong business, partner, technical, and educational ecosystems. His singular goal is to evolve AI and quantum to help solve some of the critical computational problems facing businesses and society today. Bob is widely quoted in the press, delivers conference keynotes, and appears in the media.

Bob is the Vice President and Practice Lead for Emerging Technologies at The Futurum Group. He helps clients and investors understand sophisticated technologies such as AI and quantum computing, and use them effectively to succeed in their organizations and industries. As an author and communicator, Bob helps clients bring their messages to current and potential customers in clear, powerful, and impactful ways. Dr. Sutor is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Buffalo, New York, USA.

More than two decades of Bob’s career were spent in IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. During his time there, he worked on or led efforts in AI, quantum computing, optimization, mathematical software, and blockchain. As the Vice President for Mathematical Sciences at IBM, Bob oversaw AI projects for clients in the agricultural, energy, financial services, food, healthcare, insurance, and oil and gas industries. He was also an executive on the software side of the IBM business in areas including IBM Websphere middleware, software on Linux, mobile, open source, and emerging industry standards.

He was the Vice President of Corporate Development and, later, Chief Quantum Advocate at Infleqtion, a quantum computing and sensing company based in Boulder, Colorado USA.

Dr. Sutor is the author of the 2019 quantum computing book Dancing with Qubits, the Second Edition of which includes a new chapter on quantum machine learning. It is scheduled for publication in April 2024. Bob is also the author of the 2021 book Dancing with Python, an introduction to Python coding for classical, quantum, and AI computing.

Areas in which he’s worked: quantum computing, AI, blockchain, mathematics and mathematical software, Linux, open source, standards management, product management and marketing, computer algebra, and web standards.

Recent Insights, NEWS & RESEARCH:

The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor looks at five generative AI Python code generators to see how well they follow instructions and whether their outputs check for errors and are functionally complete.
The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor uses the news of IBM’s installation of a Quantum System One at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York to discuss why putting a quantum computing system on-premises is becoming a reasonable strategy.
The UXL Foundation Has Been Getting Attention Lately as It Plans to Provide an Open-Source Alternative to NVIDIA’s CUDA GPU Coding Platform
The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor discusses the UXL’s plan to create a “multi-architecture multi-vendor software ecosystem for all accelerators,” competing with NVIDIA’s CUDA platform for GPUs. Does it stand a chance of overcoming NVIDIA’s lead?
Microsoft and Quantinuum Have Clarified the Notion of a Logical Qubit and Demonstrated a True Implementation
The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor discusses Microsoft and Quantinuum’s creation of two pairs of error-corrected and entangled logical qubits.
Qubits Are the Physical Instantiation of the Units of Information in Quantum Computers—This Article Introduces the Key Ideas and Concepts of Qubits
The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor demystifies the ideas and terminology involving quantum bits, aka qubits.
D-Wave’s Expenses Still Far Outweigh Its Revenue; It Will Need to Add Customers While Demonstrating Its Annealing Approach to Quantum Computing Has Value
The Futurum Group’s Dr. Bob Sutor examines D-Wave’s announcement of its 4Q23 and FY23 earnings, putting its quantum technology and products into an understandable context.