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Design Automation for Quantum Computing

Objective

"In the 1970s, researchers started to utilize quantum mechanics to address questions in computer science and information theory—
establishing new research directions such as quantum computing. Now, more than four decades later, we are at the dawn of a new
""computing age"" in which quantum computers indeed will find its way into practical application. However, while impressive
accomplishments can be observed in the physical realization of quantum computers, the development of automated tools and
methods that provide assistance in the design and realization of applications for those devices is at risk of not being able to keep up
with this development anymore—leaving a situation where we might have powerful quantum computers but hardly any proper
means to actually use them.

This project aims to provide a solution for this upcoming design gap by developing efficient and practical relevant methods for
corresponding simulation, synthesis, and verification tasks. While the current state of the art severely suffers from the
interdisciplinarity of quantum computing (leading to the consideration of inappropriate models, inconsistent interpretations, or
""wrong"" problem formulations), this project will build a bridge between the design automation community and the quantum
computing community. This will allow to fully exploit the potential of design automation which is hardly utilized in quantum
computing yet.

Since quantum computers are reaching feasibility, the methods developed within this project will be highly demanded. Preliminary
investigations conducted in preparation of this proposal already showed the potential of such an endeavor and raised significant
attention in the quantum computing community and its ""big players"". The project plans to continue these developments on a larger
scale—eventually providing the foundation for design automation methods that accomplish for quantum computing what the
design automation community realized for classical electronic circuits."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/computer hardware/quantum computer
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-COG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 979 552

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 979 552
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments