Launch of the first Einstein Research Unit of the Berlin University Alliance on the topic of quantum computing
News from October 1, 2021
How can quantum computers revolutionize the computational power of computers? What new insights do quantum computers offer for high energy physics or quantum chemistry? These are the questions that the first Einstein Research Unit (ERU) of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) will address. The interdisciplinary research team of the partner institutions Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has set itself the task of clarifying the potential of the quantum digital transformation. This uniquely brings together expertise in theoretical and experimental physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and machine learning. The Einstein Research Unit “Perspectives of a quantum digital transformation: Near-term quantum computational devices and quantum processors” will be funded with two million euros annually for an initial three years.
Quantum computers are considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century. With them, scientists hope to solve computational problems that cannot be solved nowadays, even with supercomputers. The continued development of quantum computers also holds great potential for the economy. Only the technological progress of recent years has made it possible to build the first prototypes of such quantum computers. Unlike classical computers, they handle information based on quantum mechanical laws. This means that memory contents on these computers can, at the same time, contain multiple, superimposed values, on which computing instructions have a simultaneous effect.
The research team led by Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert, physicist and mathematician at Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson, physicist at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Seifert, Einstein professor and computer scientist at Technische Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Robert Gütig, member of the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, explores quantum computing from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Adapted from the joint press release by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin along with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Einstein Foundation Berlin