IBM on Monday announced that the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) has become the first Indian institution to join the IBM Quantum Network to advance quantum computing skills development and research in India.
As a member of the IBM Quantum Network, IIT Madras will get cloud-based access to IBM’s most advanced quantum computing systems and IBM’s quantum expertise. This will enable the institution to explore practical applications and realize the wide-ranging benefits of this technology for business and society.
Researchers from IIT Madras will be at the forefront of quantum computing research with support from IBM Research India. This partnership will allow them to explore areas relevant to India with the goal of finding new applications for quantum computing.
Speaking about this collaboration, Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, said: “We are very excited to partner with IBM in Quantum Science and Engineering. We have already launched a course on Quantum Technologies under NPTEL co-taught by our faculty and professionals of IBM.”
The field of quantum science and technology is a cutting-edge area of research at IIT Madras. The Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing (CQuICC) at IIT Madras focuses on developing various facets of quantum technologies, including secure quantum communications, quantum sensing, and metrology, as well as quantum computing and quantum information theory.
IBM and IIT Madras have had a longstanding relationship in the areas of education and research, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. last year, IIT Madras joined IBM’s Quantum Education Program in order to give its students and faculty access to IBM quantum learning resources, quantum tools, and quantum systems to be used for educational and research purposes.