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Quantum Engineering (QuEnG)

"Cross Disciplinary Program" (CDP) Project
An ecosystem for quantum technologies

QuEnG aims to foster an ecosystem for quantum technologies, connecting science, the humanities and entrepreneurship. Building on the unique concentration of expertises in Grenoble, QuEnG will train outstanding students to become the future quantum engineers. Together, we will investigate the whole spectrum of challenges, from the industrial transfer of a quantum processor to the philosophical and societal implications of quantum theory and technologies.

 

The challenges

Information technologies are the core of modern societies. They are currently driven by the industries of micro-electronics, which are facing important bottlenecks related to scaling and energy. The QuEnG project aims to overcome these bottlenecks, by developing a new generation of quantum devices based on quantum superposition and entanglement, i.e. the most counter-intuitive features of the quantum world: this will be the "Second Quantum Revolution".

 

Interdisciplinarity

The development of interfaces between fundamental research in physics, computer science, mathematics, industry, and the humanities is mandatory for the success of the project. Here are two examples:

  • The private sector and fundamental research must develop common ways of thinking and "short loops" to release quantum technologies into the economic sphere.
  • Physicists and computer scientists must work together to build quantum algorithms, taking into account the constraints imposed by the hardware.
     

International visibility

Currently, there are very few links between fundamental research labs investigating quantum information technologies, and the industries of the area. Creating a synergy between these two driving forces is one of the QuEnG challenges. Furthermore, despite great potential interest for quantum physics, the connection between computer science and physics, and between the humanities and these sciences, needs to be entirely built.

One of the targeted QuEnG by-products is to put Grenoble on the map of the potential "hubs" for quantum technologies, in preparation for the European Flagship for Quantum Technologies, which will be launched in 2018. The series of calls has already started with QuantERA, which can be seen as a rehearsal for the flagship. By federating the local actors of the site and giving them the opportunity to know each other and work together, QuEnG will play an essential role.

Grenoble is one of the only places in the world where you can find top-level fundamental research, technological know-how and leading industries.  This specificity will be a crucial asset to foster our ecosystem and bring the expected economical and technological paradigm shift, as well as international visibility.  Another highlight may come from the dialog between philosophers and physicists, and from new experimental proposals enabling to distinguish between the different interpretations of quantum theory.


Published on July 2, 2018