Lectures and discussions at quantum workshop

​Some 30 participants from business and academia met at a successful industrial workshop with the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology (WACQT) at Chalmers on 23 and 24 May. "This is the fourth time we meet and now we are beginning to find one’s feet. It is fun", says Göran Johansson, professor of applied quantum physics and one of the main researchers in WACQT.
On the agenda during the two fully booked days, there were, among other things, presentations of PhD projects from business representatives, and panel discussions that captured the industry's expectations and wishes. Invited speakers from WACQT's scientific advisory board were Steve Girvin, Yale University, USA, Harry Buhrman, QuSoft, the Netherlands, and Charles Marcus, Copenhagen University, Denmark. Giulia Ferrini, assistant professor at MC2, presented the course Advanced Quantum Algorithms, which is a part of WACQT's graduate school for doctoral students.

Since the center was launched on 1 January 2018, a number of industrial partners have been attached to the project. During the workshop representatives from all seven were present in the auditorium Kollektorn, and held their own presentations: Marika Svensson, Jeppesen, Azimeh Sefidcon and Gemma Vall Llosera, Ericsson, Petter Wirfält, Volvo Group, Anders Ström, Saab, Anders Nyqvist, SEB, Mikael Unge, ABB and Anders Broo, Astra Zeneca.

Picture from workshop.When we made a visit on Friday we were listening to Jonas Bylander (to the right), associate professor of physics at the Quantum Technology Laboratory, as he spoke about how the project progresses. Also, fellow researchers Laura García Álvarez, Anton Frisk-Kockum, both at the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory, Stefan Kröll, Lund University, and Gunnar Björk, the Royal Institute of Technology, gave their own lectures on topics such as "Quantum computing and simulation", "Quantum communication" and "Quantum sensing". The latter two coordinate the areas of quantum sensors and quantum communication within WACQT.

The industrial workshop was organized by WACQT coordinator Philip Krantz and Professor Göran Wendin. Linda Brånell was responsible for the logistics and made sure that everything was proceeding smoothly. Professor Wendin was very pleased with the two days:
"Personally I am very happy about the result of the workshop. The idea to combine the meeting of the WACQT Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) with a workshop turned out very well. The organisation worked as planned, and the presentations were excellent and at the right level. The discussions during coffee breaks, lunches and dinners were intense. It seems clear that the common industry-academia-PhD projects create strong engagement from both sides, which is very promising for our future efforts", he says.

The development of the quantum computer is the main project in the ten-year research program Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology, launched at the turn of the year, thanks to a donation of SEK 600 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. With additional funds from Chalmers, industry and other universities, the total budget is landing nearly SEK 1 billion.

The goal of the 10-year Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology research program is to build a functioning quantum computer within ten years. The total investment is almost SEK 1 billion. Most come from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which contributes with 600 million. The rest come from Chalmers, the cooperating universities in Lund, Linköping and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), as well as collaborative companies.

Text and photo: Michael Nystås

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Facts about the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology

• Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology is a ten-year initiative aimed at bringing Swedish research and industry to the front of the second quantum revolution.
• The research program will develop and secure Swedish competence in all areas of quantum technology.
• The research program includes a focus project aimed at developing a quantum computer, as well as an excellence program covering the four sub-areas.
• The Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology is led by and largely located at Chalmers. The areas of quantum communication and quantum sensors are coordinated by KTH and Lund University.
• The program includes a research school, a postdoctoral program, a guest research program and funds for recruiting young researchers. It will ensure long-term Swedish competence supply in quantum technology, even after the end of the program.
• Collaboration with several industry partners ensures that applications are relevant to Swedish industry.

Page manager Published: Wed 29 May 2019.