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IIT-M is first Indian institution to join IBM quantum network

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Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) today became 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-M will get cloud-based access to IBM’s most advanced quantum computing systems and IBM’s quantum expertise to explore practical applications and realize the wide ranging benefits of this technology for business and society.

IIT-Madras’ Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing (CQuICC) will focus on advancing core algorithms in research areas like Quantum Machine Learning, Quantum Optimization, and applications research in finance.

They will use IBM Quantum services alongside the open-source Qiskit framework to explore areas such as quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning, quantum error correction and error mitigation, quantum tomography and quantum chemistry and to advance and grow the quantum computing ecosystem in the country.

Researchers from IIT-Madras will lead advancement of research in the application of quantum computing with support from IBM Research India to such domains that are relevant to India, a release from IIT-M said. IIT-M Director Prof.V.Kamakoti said “We are very excited to partner with IBM in the Quantum Science and Engineering area. We have already launched a course on Quantum Technologies under NPTEL co-taught by our faculty and professionals of IBM.”

“We intend to continue this relationship to greater heights and aim at setting up an IITM-IBM Quantum Innovation hub at IIT-M”, he said.

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