transfer of know-how
Quantum computing training from Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IAF
Source: press release
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To ensure that key quantum computing technology reaches the German economy as soon as possible, Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IAF are developing their quantum computing training program for industry and research participants and are actively involved in the growing innovation ecosystem in Ehningen near Stuttgart.
The road to industrial application of quantum computing is related to many factors and is becoming more and more tangible. Companies are particularly interested in what problems can be solved with innovative systems and when the first practical applications can be expected from which the industry could benefit significantly in the near future.
In this context, the two Fraunhofer Institutes, IAO and IAF, have launched a quantum computing training program and offer a knowledge transfer platform in this field that is unique in Germany. The training program is based on the first commercially used quantum computer in Europe according to the German data protection law – the “IBM Quantum System One” system.
It has been used in Ehningen since last year and is used throughout Germany by partners of the various Fraunhofer competence centers in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. The system offers the possibility of expanding Germany as a sovereign location for quantum computing and developing important key competences at an early stage.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organization IAO, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, launched a one-year quantum computing training program for scientists and companies earlier this year. The widely identified awareness of a key technology is supported by an in-depth understanding of quantum technologies and their programming.
With more than 80 participants from the research and industrial sectors, the training program also offers an extensive overview and specific recommendations for action regarding the current competitive environment, as well as enabling initial experiences with real quantum computers such as the IBM Quantum System One. Thanks to the transfer of know-how to German industry, the Fraunhofer IAO and IAF institutes support companies to obtain a realistic picture of current developments in quantum computing and ultimately to take concrete steps in their own company.
Horst Stuhler, training participant and data analyst at Zeppelin GmbH, comments: “I think it is important for the company to deal with quantum technology now, as basic knowledge is necessary to understand the benefits of technology and be able to use it. when the technology is ready. “
network and plan
A network meeting was held on July 12, 2022 to discuss the further development of the program. There are new topics for the current program, both the area of post-quantum cryptography in the financial sector has met with great interest as well as a scientific and realistic assessment of companies’ entry into the subject of quantum.
Thomas Wellens, training program lecturer and project manager at Fraunhofer IAF, sums up the day of the event: “The direct exchange with training participants in a network meeting was very valuable and showed that our program is answering the right questions: from quantum consciousness to variation algorithms , quantum computing and artificial intelligence, to error mitigation. ”
Both Fraunhofer Institutes plan to offer a second phase of the training program early next year, which is developed and offered with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Tourism of Baden-Württemberg, in modules for various target groups and the establishment of a working group for companies. Quantum Computing Training Program: