Dear community members and partners,
The sun is out in the Netherlands. ☀️Spring has officially begun, days are longer and an atmosphere of anticipation is palpable in the air.
But while Dutch parks slowly fill with people relaxing, our heart rates are slowly rising.
Before we go there, let us inform you that A LOT HAS HAPPENED in the last month.
🚀We bring you a scoop this morning, with the news of Twente-based company Quix that sold its first quantum photonics processor.
🚀In March, Amsterdam-based Qu&Co announced its beta-release of Qubec, the first quantum computational platform specifically designed for chemistry and materials science.
🚀 Delft-based Qblox made scientists needing to integrate multiple devices to create qubit control and readout control stacks a thing of the past.
🚀 A staggering number of Dutch scientists and quantum companies presented at the APS March meeting (photo below), and multiple articles were published about world first scientific successes and milestones achieved in the Netherlands. Wow.
Now, about that rising heart-rate.. ✨
As most of you will know, the Dutch government announced the launch of a 20 Billion National Growth Fund in September 2020, intended to fund projects that make the Dutch economy more resilient in the next 20 to 30 years.
After working together to realise the creation of our shared ‘National Agenda Quantum Technology’ in 2019 and founding Quantum Delta NL in September 2020, the quantum community in the Netherlands joined forces again and worked tirelessly to put together a proposal to the Dutch National Growth Fund for an investment of 615 Million Euro. An investment proposal to support our fully functional national ecosystem to bring quantum computers, quantum networks and quantum sensors to the market, and to build a new tech industry with 30.000 jobs in the long term.
Mona Keijzer, the State secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy submitted the Quantum Delta NL-proposal ánd 80 letters of support from a variety of institutes and companies, to the National Growth Fund at the beginning of December 2020.
In January of this year, the Committee of the National Growth Fund started the intense evaluation process of the proposals, which was expected to take around 3 months....
It can go either way and we find ourselves somewhere between agony and absolute optimism. The air is brimming with energy.. ⚡⚡⚡
Happy spring everyone! And stay tuned.
Team Quantum Delta NL
Q-Ethics: what can we learn from AI?
On 15 March, more than 10 rather incredible international experts connected to Stanford, the European People's Party, AI Now Institute, European Council, World Economic Forum, Ethical Resolve, MIT, QC Ethics Initiative, Quantum Daily and, in general, from the field of Artificial Intelligence, discussed what lessons our quantum field can learn from AI.
In a "fishbowl event" organised by our Living Lab Quantum and Society, these experts provided crucial input towards developing guiding principles for the Living Lab with regards to societal impact of, and ethics for, quantum technology innovation.
One important take away: "One cannot start soon enough to discuss and work out how to deal with ethics for quantum technology". A follow-up discussion is foreseen with the nanotechnology community as soon as possible, leading to the publication of the guiding principles towards the summer of this year.
It was a great session, which the invited experts really appreciated. As Sean Holland of MIT later tweeted: "This was a fantastic workshop. I learned so much today. Thanks again to @QuantumDeltaNL for organizing." (link)
Possible exclusion of the UK
In our last newsletter, we reported that Brexit would not have an impact on research collaboration for the quantum community in NL and the rest of the EU. It was said the UK would remain a full partner in Horizon Europe.
However, there is now considerable concern among the UK quantum technologies development community about the possible exclusion for quantum technologies from the Horizon programme. The same goes for Switzerland and Israel.
In response to these developments, leading representatives from the UK sector have come out with a joint statement. On an individual and institutional level, they are reaching out to their fellow programmes in the EU member states, to ask them to voice their views. We will of course keep you updated on this issue.
Quix sells 1st quantum photonic processor
Hot off the press from Twente!
QuiX, the Dutch quantum photonics company, announced today that it has sold its first quantum photonic processor. The customer is Qontrol, a quantum technologies company from the UK.
Quantum photonic processors are the central component of a photonic quantum computer. QuiX develops quantum photonic processors for quantum information processing and simulation. Using the proprietary TriPleX platform, the company provides unique quantum photonic processors that are not only large-scale and fully reconfigurable but also low loss and widely transparent to all suitable quantum light sources.
Qontrol, based in Bristol (UK), makes control electronics and supporting infrastructure for complex, massively multi-channel photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The company is also very excited.
“We are thrilled and honoured to be the first to be able to kick the tires on QuiX’s awesome new line of photonic processors,” says Dr Josh Silverstone, Qontrol’s CTO.
Congratulations to the team! 🎈🎈🎈
Please read the details about Quix and this first sale in this article on our website.
Qu&Co beta-releases Qubec
Amsterdam-based company Qu & Co, which develops quantum algorithms and software, announced its beta-release of "QUBEC".
Qu&Co's CEO Benno Broer presented the company's 'Quantum computational chemistry as-a-Service' in a session during Quantum Business Europe two weeks ago.
💡 Quantum computational chemistry as-a-Service?
Yes -- QUBEC integrates quantum simulation methods in existing computational-chemistry and material-science workflows.
Within Qu&Co’s beta testing environment, QUBEC users can now set-up quantum computational simulations directly in Schrödinger's Maestro user interface, from where they can run chemistry simulations on current day quantum processors.
Curious to read more? You can find the press release on our website.
Qblox launched its Radio Frequency (RF)
During the APS March Meeting, Qblox launched its Radio Frequency (RF) line consisting of fully-integrated quantum control stacks, providing all input and output signals ranging from ultrastable DC to 18.5 GHz.
Quantum computer scientists are used to needing to integrate multiple devices to create qubit control and readout control stacks. This meant using metres of cables to connect together local oscillators, waveform generators and upconverters to create RF pulse sequences. As Qblox says: "Now, that is history." 👊
The Radio Frequency (RF) is tucked into a 19 inch enclosure named the Cluster. The Cluster has the ability to control and readout up to 20 qubits. In order to control setups with 100s of qubits, multiple Clusters can be connected and function in full synchronicity using Qblox proprietary technology.
To enable user-friendly and flexible scheduling of algorithms and experiments, the company provides scientists with an open-source software platform named Quantify, co-developed with Delft-based startup Orange Quantum Systems. Read more on Qblox's website.
An international collaboration, including Leiden-based physicist and computer scientist Vedran Dunjko of aQa, is the 1st to successfully prove that quantum technology can speed-up the learning process of artificial intelligence (AI).
You may have experienced some of the applications of Machine Learning yourself. A recent app that makes old paintings come to life is one of such examples. These are extraordinary achievements, but it requires time to train the underlying computer algorithms. This process can take a lot of time on a classical computer, but researchers have now achieved to significantly reduce the training time by using a quantum processor.
The scientists trained a quantum processor to direct photons, the single particles of light, to a predefined location. Using the property of quantum superposition, a significant speed-up in learning time was reached. This contributes to the advancement of quantum AI for future applications, such as in the quantum internet.
The results have been published in Nature, you can find the article here.
Central in our last news letter was the world first achievement of the team of our Supervisory Board-member Ronald Hanson at the Technische Universiteit Delft, which was able to build a usable quantum network by connecting 3 qubits (nodes) in two different labs.
Dutch newspapers brought the news early, in part because de Volkskrant spent two years following the team in Delft on their way to this achievement (link). Mid March, international news outlets caught on as well.
Read more in the article on Physics World (link) about
➢ which three communication quantum bits (qubits)
➢ how the quantum network operates
➢ how the team used a twofold stabilisation scheme to stabilise it
➢ how the network could be further expanded.
You can find a description of the work in the pre-print on the arXiv repository here.
📣A milestone for scalable quantum technology from the Netherlands!
👉 Scientists in Delft showed semiconductor qubits scale in 2 dimensions! The results have been published in Nature.
In this video from QuTech, scientists Menno Veldhorst, Giordano Scappucci and Nico Hendrickx are interviewed about using semiconductor technology to build a two-dimensional array of qubits to function as a quantum processor.
Our intern Jesse van Welzenes wrote an article explaining the process on our webpage 👉 link. You can find the Nature publication here.
Very exciting news: our hub in Eindhoven is hiring a Program Manager for "Quantum Eindhoven".
The objective of QT/e, the centre of innovations in quantum technology in Eindhoven, is to boost innovation in a wide range of quantum applications.
As a program manager of Quantum Eindhoven, you'll help to develop the network of businesses, researchers, and other partners in the Brainport/Eindhoven region. You will be the main point of contact of QT/e in that network, which also includes representing QT/e in our Quantum Delta NL team (yay!)
Are you interested in playing a key role in advancing the uptake of quantum technologies by industry, and the creation and landing of start-ups? Read more here or send an email to our Supervisory Board-member Servaas Kokkelmans.
The Qblox team in Delft has multiple job openings.
Engineers, Scientists and Business Development talents: grab your opportunity to join this fast-growing Dutch scale-up operating at the frontier of the quantum revolution.
Links to the job openings are found below:
- Software Engineer (link)
- Production and Compliance Engineer (link)
- Quantum Application Engineer (link)
- Application scientist Quantum Technologies (link)
- Head of Sales (link)
Only two weeks left to apply for this PhD position in a joint research initiative started by TOYOTA, QuSoft, UvA and VU, aimed at exploring potential usage of quantum computing for research and development.
If you're a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with excellent skills for performing Chemical simulations based on Quantum Computing, you could be the ideal candidate. On of your supervisors will be Quantum Delta NL's Supervisory Board-member Karelian Schoutens.
You can read more and apply here.
If you share QuTech's mission for developing scalable scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and inherently safe quantum internet, check out the following positions.
Also note there's a Student Assistant position open at Quantum Inspire, the first European quantum computing platform developed in Delft, which is available through the internet (link).
- Phd position in Quantum Networks (link)
- Software Engineer for Quantum Communication Systems: high performance data processing (link)
- Software Engineer for Quantum Communication Systems: application development (link)
- Post-doc position on near-term quantum networks (link)
- Post-doc/Engineering positions on semiconductor-superconductor hybrid devices (link)
Upcoming Quantum Delta NL-event
On 22 April, ECP and Quantum Delta NL co-organise "Unraveling Quantum Tech: What now?"
💡What is the potential of quantum technology?
💡 What specific applications does it have?
💡What about the ethical and legal aspects, and its effects on society?
An expert panel with Professor Deborah Nas (TU Delft), Professor Joris van Hoboken (LSTS), Dr. Cor van der Struijf (IBM), Dr. Koen Groenland (QuSoft), Mark Buningh (TNO) and Mauritz Kop (Stanford, AIRecht), led by ECP's Daniel Frijters will address all of these questions between 13:00 and 14:00 (CET).
Join us! You can sign up via bit.ly/quantumontrafeld
We'll be at Quantum.Tech
Between 12 and 14 April, Quantum Delta NL showcases our Dutch quantum ecosystem at the virtual Quantum.Tech event.
Our founding director Freeke Heijman is a panlist in the "GLOBAL INITIATIVES PANEL: How are the leading government & industry quantum programs progressing around the world?" on 14 April at 11:30 am (ET) / 17:30 hours (CET) (link).
Maran van Heesch of TNO is a panlist in the afternoon-session on Secure Communications & Cryptography, on 14 April at (link).
Qblox founder Niels Bultink and Bluefors' David Gunnarson are panelists during "Going Beyond the NISQ era: How can we Overcome the Technical & Engineering Challenges to Scaling Qubits?" (link) on 13 April at 2:45 PM ET / 20:45 hours (CET).
You can register and join sessions for free. If joining us in our booth or if QDNL's bronze sponsorship of this event could be of any help to you, please let us know by replying to this email.
Post-quantum cryptography webinar
“Act now, not later.”
Our encrypted data will be vulnerable to attacks driven by quantum technologies in the future. The Centre for Math & Informatics (CWI) and TNO are organising a webinar about the migration to post-quantum cryptography on 22 April at 16:00 hours (CET).
The webinar will be the first national symposium about this topic, aimed at businesses, the high management sector, and governments.
Contributions to the event will be made by representatives from Microsoft, the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, CWI, Rabobank, TNO, and many others.
Interested? Sign up for the event here.
WIQD's next community event
De Volkskrant's last weekend edition featured an interesting article about how women who've made tremendous contributions to the field of quantum are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. (link)
Within Quantum Delta NL, we have Women in Quantum Development (WIQD), which offers support and networking for women in quantum ánd hosts monthly events. Their next edition is on International Girls Day, 14 April between 16:00 and 17:00. Our community manager Irene will present about Quantum Delta NL to the WIQD-community. You can register here.
Monthly Coffee Break ☕
QDNL organises 30 minute 'Coffee Breaks', once a month on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 10:30 hours (CET). The last one was really fun! The next one is on 14 April.
Please join us for informal networking with others from the entire Dutch quantum ecosystem by simply clicking bit.ly/qdnlwonder on 14 April at 10:00 hours.
Your opinion is requested
We're incrementally upgrading the Quantum Delta NL website and curious to speak to you, our community, about what you would most appreciate it to have and what you would use it for. We have plenty of thoughts (aka: assumptions 😊) of course, and are very open to learn from active feedback.
If you're up for sharing your thoughts during a 10 minute phone-call, please simply respond to this email with your phone-number and we'll speak to you soon.