Quantum Software Lab to host a week-long festival for Quantum Technologies

[11/03/2024] Quantum Week Scotland will take place in Edinburgh between 15th and 19th April, comprising three major events: Quantum Computing Academic Industry Meeting day (AIMDay®), Quantum Computing Theory in Practice (QCTiP) workshop and the Quantum Software Lab’s first-anniversary celebration.

The week-long festival of quantum technologies will offer an opportunity for industry leaders, researchers, and enthusiasts at the forefront of quantum innovation to connect and network.

AIMday Quantum Computing 2024

Quantum Week Scotland abstract artwork

AIMday Quantum Computing 2024, supported by QCA Cluster, brings industry-led challenges in quantum computing to a network of academic experts across the cluster. It will take place on Monday, 15 April 2024.

AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) is a successful format for industry and academic workshops. Industrial partners are invited to submit ‘questions‘ in the area of quantum computing. The questions are published online and ‘matched’ with scientists, researchers, and students. On the day of the event, all participants come together for a one-hour workshop to explore potential solutions and ways of working together.

The Quantum Computing Application (QCA) Cluster brings together world-class expertise across quantum hardware and software at the University of Strathclyde, the University of Edinburgh, and University of Glasgow.

Quantum Computing Theory in Practice (QCTiP) conference

​Building on the success of the Heilbronn quantum algorithms meetings (2010-2019) held in Bristol and Cambridge, QCTiP serves as a platform for fostering discussions among theorists and practitioners in the field of quantum computing.

The conference will feature keynote speakers, invited and contributed talks from both academia and industry and a poster session and a panel discussion.

Organisers expect more than 200 attendees from across academia and industry to participate.

1st anniversary of establishing the Quantum Software Lab

In 2023 the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh signed a memorandum of understanding on developing a quantum software and applications centre that aims to overcome key challenges to accelerate the development of quantum computing and investigate new ways in which quantum computers can provide benefits, beyond the reach of traditional computers.

Following a year of identifying end-user challenges in the adoption of quantum computing and investigating quantum advantage QSL will use the opportunity to reflect on the successful year that put the UK at the forefront of quantum software and algorithms research, tightened the collaboration between Quantum Software Lab & NQCC, and provided opportunities for new industrial collaborations.

UK Government Quantum Missions

In March 2023, the government published the National Quantum Strategy, where it committed to publishing long-term quantum missions to galvanise technology development towards ambitious outcomes. Since the publication of the strategy, the government has worked with industry, quantum experts, and investors to develop five missions that will bring significant benefits to the economy and society.

  1. By 2035, there will be accessible, UK-based quantum computers capable of running 1 trillion operations and supporting applications that provide benefits well in excess of classical supercomputers across key sectors of the economy.
  2. By 2035, the UK will have deployed the world’s most advanced quantum network at scale, pioneering the future quantum internet.
  3. By 2030, every NHS Trust will benefit from quantum sensing-enabled solutions, helping those with chronic illness live healthier, longer lives through early diagnosis and treatment.
  4. By 2030, quantum navigation systems, including clocks, will be deployed on aircraft, providing next-generation accuracy for resilience that is independent of satellite signals.
  5. By 2030, mobile, networked quantum sensors will have unlocked new situational awareness capabilities, exploited across critical infrastructure in the transport, telecoms, energy, and defence sectors.

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