Workshop „Applications of Quantum Simulation“
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Workshop „Applications of Quantum Simulation“

On 30th January 2020, the Workshop “Applications of Quantum Simulation” took place at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching. The Executive Committee of PASQuanS had invited a large number of representatives from major industrial companies, among them Bayer, Bosch, Airbus, Siemens, Total, and others. The goal was to discuss the applications of quantum simulation, as developed within the PASQuanS project, to real-life problems relevant to the industry. The workshop was the occasion for the industrial partners to inform themselves about the state-of-the-art in terms of capabilities of the experimental platforms, as well as the theoretical concepts, in particular concerning possible “quantum advantages”. In return, the academic partners from PASQuanS could appreciate better the expectation of the End Users in terms of optimization problems, quantum chemistry, material science, drug design, etc.

The morning was dedicated mostly to tutorial-like talks from academic partners. The PASQuanS Coordinators Immanuel Bloch (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) and Antoine Browaeys (Institut d´Optique théorique et appliquée) summarized the latest achievements and explained the potential of the PASQuanS platforms. Wolfgang Lechner from the Austrian Academy of Sciences gave an overview of the general perspective on optimization using quantum simulators. Andrew Daley from the University of Strathclyde gave a talk on “FAQ on Quantum simulation and quantum advantage”. Thomas Ayral and Bertrand Lemarchand, from Atos BULL (one of the industrial companies in the PASQuanS Consortium) gave an introduction into “Early applications of QS: the quantum learning machine at ATOS” and discussed a specific example of optimization problem that could be implemented on a Rydberg quantum simulator available within PASQuanS. Dieter Jaksch from Oxford University was invited to present how to solve partial differential equations using a quantum simulator.

The afternoon was reserved for presentations of the End Users who gave talks on expectations and application areas of Quantum Simulation in their companies. In the breaks, participants discussed in small groups on specific topics.

The exchange was very fruitful. All goals were achieved, and due to the positive feedback, most End Users will stay in touch which the Consortium to find out more about the opportunities that PASQuanS offers to the industry.