Illinois Engineering involved in formation of IQUIST
Illinois News Bureau
10/31/2018 3:23:46 PM
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making a $15 million investment in the emerging area of quantum information science and engineering, a field poised to revolutionize computing, communication, security, measurement and sensing by utilizing the unique and powerful capabilities of quantum mechanics. The centerpiece of the campus effort will be the formation of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center.
The center will bring together Illinois’ physicists, engineers, computer scientists and many others to develop new paradigms in quantum information science and technology. They will discover and develop novel quantum algorithms, materials and devices. One of the center’s key projects will be the construction of a multi-node quantum testbed, enabling researchers to explore and implement new ideas for distributed quantum processing and applications of quantum networks. This work will continue the legacy of the contributions of the University of Illinois to the digital information revolution.
“Quantum science and technology researchers are bold, and they face immense and difficult challenges – like any trailblazer,” said Bashir, who will become dean of Illinois’ College of Engineering on Nov. 1. “IQUIST will serve as the launching pad of innovations in quantum science and engineering. Building on our past and our current strengths, our scientists and engineers will lead the quantum information revolution to develop a new paradigm in computing and information processing.”
IQUIST will foster and expand collaborations with industry, national labs and other academic institutions, such as the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. As a participant in the Discovery Partners Institute’s Illinois Innovation Network, IQUIST will contribute to strengthening Illinois’ economy through high-tech workforce and next-generation technology development.
“Our campus has a legacy of groundbreaking contributions to fundamental science and the development of technologies that have shaped society over the past century, including the first automatic computer, magnetic resonance imaging, light-emitting diodes and the first modern internet browser. Not to mention the first computer built and owned by an educational institution,” Chancellor Robert Jones said. “Today, we are pleased to announce near-term concrete actions that will advance this critical area of national need and importance.”
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