Groundbreaking QRC-4-ESP project launched

Project aims to develop first quantum reservoir computing systems
with superconducting qubits and silicon carbide defect qubits
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Launched recently during a kick-off meeting at Loughborough University, the QRC-4-ESP project ( is an ambitious venture that aims to revolutionize quantum computing and signal processing. Funded by the European Innovation Council, and coordinated by the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, the project is a collaborative effort involving some of the most prestigious institutions and companies across Europe, including Loughborough University, Linköping University, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, Aalto University, and Eötvös Loránd University, Justinmind and Intelligentsia Consultants. 

The project's main goal is to develop the first quantum reservoir computing systems utilizing superconducting qubits and silicon carbide defect qubits. This innovative approach is expected to significantly outperform existing classical machine learning systems in terms of speed and energy efficiency, with potential improvements of more than a hundredfold. Dr. Alexandre Zagoskin of Loughborough University, the project's initiator, expressed his excitement and confidence in the collective expertise of the partners involved. He emphasized that the unique strengths and capabilities of each partner form the backbone of this cutting-edge project, setting a new precedent in the field of quantum computing. 

The technology developed in the QRC-4-ESP project is set to have a broad range of applications, particularly in enhancing quantum communication and developing new quantum sensors. The use of superconducting qubits is a strategic choice, aligning the project with the needs of satellite communications, as these qubits operate effectively in the microwave range, which is minimally disturbed by atmospheric conditions like fog and clouds. On the other hand, the defect-based qubits in SiC, operating in several frequency bands including the near-infrared, are ideal for fibre-optical networks, opening new possibilities in long-range communications and medical diagnostics.

Moreover, the QRC-4-ESP project is not just about technological advancements but also about fostering international collaboration in research and development. By bringing together a diverse group of experts from different fields and countries, the project embodies a multidisciplinary approach that is essential for tackling complex modern challenges. This collaborative model serves as a blueprint for future scientific endeavours and strengthens Europe's position as a leader in quantum research and innovation. 

In summary, the QRC-4-ESP project is a groundbreaking initiative that promises to push the boundaries of quantum computing and signal processing. With its ambitious goals and a team of world-class experts, it is poised to make significant contributions to the field and pave the way for practical applications that could transform various sectors of society. The combined expertise of the project partners is key to realizing these ambitious objectives and setting new standards in quantum technology. 

The QRC-4-ESP project has received funding from the European Innovation Council’s Pathfinder Open programme under grant agreement number 101129663 as well as from the UK Research and Innovation’s Horizon Europe guarantee scheme.

This announcement was originally published on the QRC-4-ESP website on February 12, 2024.

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