Entanglement Inc. (Ei), an early-stage deep technology company, joins Accenture, Cummins, and Quantum Computing Inc. in becoming the first committed members to the Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT), an alliance between Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI). The CQT will partner with industry and government stakeholders to identify compelling needs and challenges, and then develop novel quantum technologies to address them. Committed industry and government members will provide funding to the center’s researchers and will obtain early access to findings applicable to their organizations. These “solutions-findings” will address the increasing demand of private sector companies for applications that demonstrate a quantum advantage in an overgrowing competitive landscape for optimization solutions.
The CQT is a planned Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored initiative to focus academic creativity and innovation on addressing key industry problems and concerns. IUCRCs enable industrially relevant, pre-competitive research through multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academia, and government. CQT engineers and scientists from the four partner institutions and CQTs committed members will develop and transfer foundational knowledge into industry-friendly quantum devices, systems, and algorithms with enhanced functionality and performance. Sabre Kais, the CQT Director and professor of chemical physics at Purdue, said:
“The faculty and researchers of the CQT possess extremely diverse expertise in the field of quantum information science. Coupled with world-class infrastructure and facilities, we are well-equipped to make breakthroughs in the development of quantum technologies. We are excited to work closely with our industry and government partners to tackle research problems relevant to their needs.”
If selected, the NSF would provide a financial and procedural framework for membership and operations in addition to best practices learned over decades of fostering public/private partnerships that provide significant value to the nation, industry and university faculty and students. Members guide the direction of center research through project selection, active involvement, and mentoring. Jason Turner, Chairman of Entanglement, said:
“We are extremely honored to partner with Dr. Kais and the brilliant team of researchers that make up the CQT. This partnership allows us to help accelerate discoveries in critical areas of Quantum Information Science, develop the quantum workforce, and remain competitive while demonstrating U.S. leadership.”
The U.S. Department of Defense recently validated an Entanglement collaborative platform developed to optimize the equitable distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all U.S. counties. That platform outperformed a comparative Evolutionary Algorithm by over 90%. Entanglement then applied these breakthrough capabilities to develop a vaccine distribution and administration model.