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Bridging the gap between industry
and knowledge

Quantum.Amsterdam and its strong knowledge partners provide a gateway for the industry to top-quality scientists, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs. With a unique focus on quantum software applications and strong business themes, like finance, quantum chemistry & materials, operations research, and security, the hub has the ambition and drive to bridge the gap between these industry areas and knowledge.

By supporting collaboration between major international companies and knowledge partners, the hub is increasingly becoming a source of new technology and know-how. To stimulate these research and development partnerships, and match talent with companies, the hub organizes industry networking events that expose industry to new quantum technologies.

“Even though we have known for decades that some real-world business problems could be solved by quantum computers, it is still unclear whether they can offer an advantage over conventional computers for most industrial problems. That is why it is so great that scientists are working together with companies to identify industrial use cases. We are very excited to be developing new and more industrially relevant quantum algorithms.”

Quantum Projects

Quantum.Amsterdam Knowledge Partners

DisQover project

Project DisQover is a two-year collaboration between QuSoft and ABN AMRO that explores potential applications of quantum computing in the financial industry. DisQover aims to do the following: identify the complex computing problems ABN AMRO is currently tackling or would like to tackle in the near future as part of the financial services they provide, and research if and how these problems can be solved more efficiently on a quantum computer.

“Quantum technologies are very important long-term subjects that will take years to be developed. ABN AMRO has an obligation towards society to work on making sure that we protect the assets of our customers an ourselves, now and in the future”.
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Process optimization

QuSoft is working together with the Bosch Group in a two-year collaboration. The goal is to investigate potential quantum computing use cases at Bosch. The topics range from optimization, which has many applications in product design and logistics, to machine learning. The collaboration involves an exploratory study of the use cases, as well as in-depth analysis and proof-of-concept simulations of the most promising applications.

“Quantum computing will be very important for us at Bosch. Due to our broad technology portfolio, we see many potential use cases, ranging from optimization via machine learning to logistics. Optimization is particularly relevant in engineering, where we seek designs leading to products that are both more cost-efficient and reliable, as well as in production and scheduling. Powerful quantum computers are still a few years away, but we feel it is essential to start investigating use cases now so we are ready when suitable hardware exists.”

Applied quantum computing

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), national research institute for mathematics and computer science (CWI) and Capgemini have launched an applied quantum computing research group under the direction of special lecturer Marten Teitsma. AUAS’s task in the applied quantum computing research group will be to investigate whether quantum computing can be used in various practical applications, and if so how. The research will focus on potential implementations of theoretical algorithms and protocols developed by CWI and QuSoft, or other knowledge partners.

In order to translate theory into practice, the group will work with business cases from the industry network (e.g. Capgemini). One example of this research is using quantum approaches to enhance fraud detection at banks, combining techniques from artificial intelligence with quantum computing algorithms. An example of a practical application could be the discovery of new drugs, accelerated by new quantum simulation algorithms.

First active Quantum Clock

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam are working on the most accurate clocks in the world, clocks that would only lose one second over the lifetime of the universe! A team led by professor Florian Schreck is developing a new type of clock, in which atoms are teased into a quantum state in which they actively emit light at an extremely precise frequency, which is what makes the clock tick. They recently achieved the required high flux and high density beam of ultra-cold atoms required for this to work. This know-how will be used to build a national quantum clock and bring the benefits of this amazingly stable clock to users, enabling faster internet, improving robotic cars and facilitating subterranean exploration.

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Q.A community events

What can Q.A do for your business?

Quantum.Amsterdam turns early ideas into concrete projects with clear deliverables and with the right partners. We encourage you to engage in a dialogue with us to establish a partnership and start building an innovative roadmap for quantum software and applications. This is the starting point for preparing your company for future quantum technologies.

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