Industrial collaboration

Fruitful collaboration between academia and industry is a key component for reaching the goal of taking Sweden to the forefront of the quantum revolution. Companies provide WACQT scientists with important real-life applications to investigate, while the companies gain front-end knowledge and competence which allow them to identify business opportunities based on quantu​​m technology. ​

“Things can happen quickly once the quantum revolution starts rolling. Then it's important to have the right skills and to be able to speed up at the right pace”, says WACQT director Per Delsing.

The main instrument for industrial collaboration is industrial PhD students working on projects that represent sectors in which quantum technology can result in competitive advantages.

Six companies, all having explicit interests in the exploitation of quantum technology, have joined WACQT as industrial partners. Read more about their quantum technology interests and PhD projects below.

Industrial collaboration coordinator:
Cristina Andersson,​, +46 31 772 3097

Industrial partners

ABB is mainly interested in investigating new concepts within quantum communication networks. In their PhD project, they will study how to achieve the so-called ‘perfectly secured’ key distribution by quantum techniques, considering industrial aspects of long distance, diverse physical media, and multi-party communications.

AstraZeneca is interested in quantum chemistry and in developing new techniques for simulating molecules. The goal of their PhD project is to develop and validate algorithms that can run on quantum hardware, thereby enabling the study of potential-energy surfaces of small molecules. In the long term, extensions of these approaches may become useful in drug discovery.

Ericsson has interests in both quantum computing and quantum communication. In their PhD project, they will investigate how remote entanglement between two quantum processors can be obtained and used for running small quantum algorithms, such as the quantum Fourier transform.

Jeppesen is interested in how quantum algorithms can be used to solve advanced optimization problems. Their PhD project focuses on developing new quantum algorithms for more effective planning of airline operations.

Saab is interested in developing new applications for the defence industry. In their two PhD projects, they will develop a new radar concept – quantum noise radar – in which they will investigate whether entanglement between generated photons can improve the performance of radar systems.

Volvo’s main interest is to study how new quantum algorithms can be used to speed up certain steps in computer-intensive simulations. Their PhD project focuses on finding ways in which a quantum computer can enhance machine learning, and how such enhancements can be applied in the automotive industry.​

Published: Tue 19 May 2020.