Quantum Briefs June 28:
Quantum Machines forges strategic partnerships with leading Korean research & investment groups
The signing ceremony for the MOUs took place on June 27 as part of Korea Quantum Week at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. It brought together representatives from Quantum Machines, KRISS, QCILA, and Orientom to commemorate the beginning of these substantial collaborations. The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share insights, explore potential synergies, and discuss future prospects in quantum computing.
KRISS, the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, serves as the national measurement standards laboratory for the Republic of Korea. As a government-funded institute dedicated to advancing measurement technologies, KRISS plays a crucial role in providing a broad range of national standards. This partnership with KRISS will facilitate the exchange of expertise and knowledge in the field of quantum computing, enabling Quantum Machines and KRISS to further advance quantum control systems.
The Korea Quantum Computing Industry Leaders’ Alliance (QCILA) is a consortium of commercial entities in Korea comprising telecom companies, including Telcos, LGE, Samsung, POSCO ICT, and more. The MOU with QCILA aims to foster collaboration between Israeli and Korean stakeholders and facilitate technological advancements through joint efforts.
These MOUs represent significant milestones in the global quantum computing landscape. By partnering with leading Korean research and investment groups, Quantum Machines reinforces its commitment to advancing the field of quantum control systems and fostering international collaboration. These partnerships will facilitate knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and joint research efforts, contributing to the accelerated development of quantum computing worldwide.
Q-CTRL announces new global headquarters in Sydney, first commercial facility in Australia dedicated to quantum tech
The global headquarters will be located in central Sydney adjacent to the Tech Central Precinct and will both support the commercial leadership of the company and provide the essential infrastructure for quantum sensing research and development. Funding from the NSW Government’s Jobs Plus program and the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative Translation grant is helping to fund construction of the facility.
“Throughout our five-and-a-half-year lifetime we’ve focused first and foremost on building a team, technology, and products that sit head and shoulders above anything else in the global market,” said Michael J. Biercuk, CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL. “Now we’re ready to take the next step of our journey, building a headquarters that reflects our core value to Be Revered. Delivering the first purpose-built commercial and research facility for a quantum technology company in Australia – and one of the first in the world – is a huge statement about our leading role in the global community and our ambition to deliver pride and prosperity through quantum technology for all Australians and allied nations.”
Through this headquarters redevelopment, Q-CTRL is celebrating their Australian roots and looking forward to it becoming the center of commercial efforts creating hundreds of new jobs over the next few years.
To deliver on the vision of transitioning a 1930s Heritage-listed industrial building into a global headquarters for a 21st century industry, Q-CTRL tapped three of Australia’s leading organizations in their respective industries: Architectus is the architectural consultant; FDC is leading construction and refurbishment; and Acuity is managing project development. Click here to read announcement in-entirety.
DIGITAL and NGen partner to launch $30M in new quantum projects
The clusters will build on Canada’s National Quantum Strategy to deliver industry-led commercialization projects that use quantum technologies to solve industrial and societal challenges. The clusters will leverage their cross-country networks to deploy Canada’s world-leading R&D leadership to deliver strategic industrial advantages through the use of emerging quantum technologies.
Under the National Quantum Strategy, DIGITAL and NGen will receive $14 million in total to advance the commercialization of products, services and technologies based on advances in quantum science. The clusters aim to leverage the NQS funding to attract more than $30 million in total investments and will focus their projects in three key categories of quantum technologies including:
- Quantum Sensors – photonics and transducers, chip-based quantum systems.
- Quantum Networks – quantum communications, quantum key distribution, quantum internet.
- Quantum Computing – quantum software, cryptography, algorithms, information processing, hybrid applications, hardware, and middleware.
In the coming weeks the clusters will provide more information about the mechanics of the program including priority sectors for applications, a formal call for proposals, timelines for applications and eligibility criteria for projects.
DIGITAL and NGen invite individuals and organizations who would like to receive updates or learn more about the opportunity to sign up for notifications by completing the form at quantumadvantage.ngen.ca.
Click here to read NGEN announcement in-entirety.
The Canadian Quantum Ecosystem Report 2023
Most of the expertise on quantum physics and quantum technologies is still held by academics, professors, post–graduate and graduate students in universities, colleges and research institutions. However, since 2015, the world has seen an explosion of interest in quantum technologies, including increasing government support and business investment.
On the ground in Canada, the transition of quantum experts out of academia and into startup companies is accelerating, reflecting the swift growth in the commercialization of quantum technologies.
To gain a better understanding of what is happening in Canada’s rapidly changing quantum sector and the dynamic nature of the quantum talent pool in Canada and around the world, the Quantum Algorithm Institute commissioned a ground–up exploration of Canada’s quantum ecosystem. This report focuses on analysis of national and international patent filings, non-peer-reviewed publications in the arXiv.org database, and self–reported data gleaned from users of social media .The analysis captures a real-time perspective on the transition to commercialize quantum technologies. This ecosystem analysis uses data available in December 2022 and January 2023, to illuminate and quantify some aspects of research and commercial activity and the workforce in Canada’s quantum sector.
This report has been created as an interactive online document. In the online version, the Figures are interactive and can be explored to highlight attributes by, for example, year or country. Readers can also download a static PDF of the report.
Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990. She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona