About Frederik Kerling


Head of FinTech, Senior Quantum Expert and member of the Scientific Community

Frederik Kerling is head of FinTech within the Financial Services & Insurance industry at Atos, where he is part of the portfolio and partnerships team. Frederik started his career as theoretical physicist specializing in Quantum engineering, moved through 7 years of cybersecurity consulting, and now focusses on business development for the financial sector. He is internationally active within the quantum community, develops patents, and teaches a course bridging the gap between business and technology at the university of Amsterdam. In his spare time he can be found exercising, gaming, teaching, and discussing quantum fundamentals.




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Articles posted by Frederik Kerling

A quantum approach to statistics

Imagine you are playing the finale of a quiz which has three doors. Behind one door is a new Model X Tesla which you greatly desire. Behind the two other doors there are goats, and you do not particularly like goats. The quizmaster only speaks the truth and asks you to pick one of the doors. You pick one door, and the…

A quantum leap for healthcare

With recent advances in data and analytics, automation and artificial intelligence, the capacity even of today’s most advanced supercomputers will start to reach its limits. The good news is that a new computing power is emerging that will bring remarkable changes to many sectors, including healthcare. Quantum computing is opening up possibilities that will transform the way in which human beings process…

Quantum computing in Financial Services, worry or be happy?

In December 2014, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) became one of the first commercial organizations, to invest significantly in Quantum Computing. This was long before the large American companies Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and Google, made the topic popular. In April 2017, they increased this amount with an additional 14$ million on top of the original…

The Quantum Gap

For those versed in quantum technology, I don’t mean a bandgap when I say ‘the quantum gap’ – though it would have been an excellent metaphor as this gap is also the difference between isolation and flow. By ‘quantum gap’ I mean the current gap between quantum hardware and quantum software capabilities. These ‘quanta-ware*,’ as we like to call them at Atos, are presently developing…

The second quantum revolution

In the early 20th century, the first quantum revolution, pioneered by Einstein, Heisenberg and Schrödinger among others, gave birth to major inventions such as superconductivity, transistors, lasers and fiber-optic communications. The second quantum revolution has started with the arrival of quantum technologies. Of these, quantum computing is a new type of computing that will be a major disruptive force over the coming decades. From…

Could quantum hold the key to saving the environment?

At our recent Technology Days event, we launched the Quantum Learning Machine, a powerful emulator that is helping us to tackle a serious cybersecurity problem. Since World War Two, we’ve grappled with cracking enigma codes, but as we learn from science fiction, asking the right questions enables us to do more than just encryption breaking. Perhaps if we were…

Securing the post quantum world with a ‘shared key’

In this three part-series on protecting our post quantum society, I have explored what indeterminism means for the world, as well as some of the strategies we can use to protect our core assets. In this final part, I consider the ‘many key’ approach to protection. The many key principle This approach gives new meaning to…

Protecting core assets in a post quantum world

In the first of my three-part series on securing the post quantum world, I considered what indeterminism means for society – a philosophy that suggests that not all events are wholly determined by antecedent causes. Here, I start to explore some ideas around the possible indeterministic tools we have at hand to protect our deterministic assets.  Securing the…

Security in a post quantum world: Our first glimpse of a radical future in computing

In 1814 Pierre-Simon Laplace published an essay about the philosophy of probabilities, in which he pondered a type of intelligence that could analyse the position and direction of every object in the universe. Such intelligence would then be capable of predicting the entire future of the world,…

The Known, The Unknown and The Possible: The Art of the Quantum Algorithm

People know that quantum computers can do wonderful things, what is often forgotten though is that hardware is only one part of the story. The nature of quantum computing makes it particularly powerful for solving complex mathematical algorithms with real world applications. Even now, at this early stage, we already…

Quantum Finance: The Future for Financial Services

Could quantum computing change the way we look at Financial Services? Frederik Kerling, Business Consultant at Atos, considers its impact in this piece of speculative fiction… The year is 2026. The clock has only just hit 7:00am but Alec Thompson, the CEO of Citizen Financials, is already at his desk. Time is money they say, and in the Financial…

Quantum Technologies in Europe – Where Next?

While traditional physics explains the world in macroscopic terms, quantum mechanics goes beyond our experience, describing the events of the world at a scale of atoms and molecules. It can be a strange concept to fathom. Starting with Max Planck’s finite energy packets ‘“Quanta” back in 1900 – Planck was eventually awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize for his work…

Could we Prevent Digital Eavesdropping?

Welcome to Quantum Encryption 101 Across the world, numerous governments are working in the shadows to create a new form of technology that will be able to decrypt secure data files and transfers, allowing them access to all kinds of information and intelligence. It may sound like your worst nightmare, but the development of quantum computing is already happening. Although no one…