(TechExplore) Researchers at Oxford University, in collaboration with DeepMind, University of Basel and Lancaster University, have created a machine learning algorithm that interfaces with a quantum device and ‘tunes’ it faster than human experts, without any human input. They are dubbing it “Minecraft explorer for quantum devices.”
By tuning away the differences between quantum devices, they hope to make large quantum circuits feasible and unleash the potential of quantum technologies in fields ranging from medicine to cryptography.
Lead author Dr. Natalia Ares, from Oxford University’s Department of Materials, says, “The difficulty in tuning has so far been a major hindrance for building large quantum circuits, since this task quickly becomes intractable. We have demonstrated that the tuning of our quantum devices can be done fully automatically using machine learning. This demonstration shows a promising route towards the scalability of quantum processors.”
Dr. Ares says, “We were surprised that the machine was better than humans in the laboratory, we have been learning how to efficiently tune quantum devices for years. For humans, it requires training, knowledge about the physics of the device and a bit of intuition!
“Our ultimate goal is to fully automate the control of large quantum circuits, opening the path to completely new technologies which harness the particularities of quantum physics.”

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