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IIT Madras and Mphasis to initiate applied research in Quantum Computing

IIT Madras and Mphasis

IIT Madras and Mphasis on applied research in Quantum Computing

Mumbai: IIT Madras and Mphasis – Mphasis, a top-tier provider of information technology (IT) solutions with a focus on cloud and cognitive services, and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT M) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to: 
• Establish a centre for quantum technology and research that turns out top-notch graduates. 
• Encourage basic and practical work in quantum technology. 
• Democratize access to quantum technology education 
• assist new businesses associated with pertinent industries, 
• Offering a small number of high-value top-up scholarships to students who excel in research would help to develop and draw talent to the quantum ecosystem.

With a contribution of Rs. 21 crores over five years, the Mphasis F1 Foundation, the company’s CSR division, is funding this effort. Worldwide investments in research and development (R&D) in the quantum area are becoming more and more common.

IIT Madras and Mphasis

The collaboration will strengthen India’s position as a global leader in quantum information, offer thorough training, and produce high-quality materials for quantum computing education and training. By offering a small number of high-value top-up scholarships to students who excel in research, full-time international students, and post-doctoral researchers, who will be offered globally competitive remuneration along with accessible and carefully curated course materials, IIT M and Mphasis would enable the development and attraction of talent to the quantum ecosystem. 
Additionally, through industry-specific training programmes, online certification programmes through the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), and continuing education through IITM’s web-enabled MTech programme on Quantum Science and Technology, the collaboration will democratize quantum learning (QuST).

Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations at IIT Madras is Mahesh Panchagnula.

The revolution in quantum computing, sensing, and communication is pushing new businesses and business models to the fore. Quantum technology is at its peak.

Prof. Anil Prabhakar, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, explained the projects that will be undertaken by this programme, stating that, “Over a period of five years, the research will primarily focus on the expanses of Quantum Optimization, Quantum Finance, Quantum Chemistry, Quantum Communication, Quantum Error Correction, and Quantum Tomography. The lab created as a result of this collaboration will take advantage of quantum technologies, identify the fields predicted to experience quick progress with quantum computers, and move real-world use cases to quantum computing. I 
An “Industry-Academia Conclave” was organised today (July 22, 2022) with this main goal in mind. It was one of many events held as part of this partnership, bringing together various Quantum Technology stakeholders and featuring Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, KLA, Mphasis, Larsen & Turbo Infotech (LTI), IBM, and others. 
Leading businesses involved in the developing field of quantum computing and academic scholars researching quantum exchanged information and ideas at this industry-academic gathering to better understand market demand and research breakthroughs, respectively. Technology businesses will now be more involved in applied research as academic research in this area becomes more pertinent and beneficial to the ecosystem. 
“When it comes to solving challenges involving machine learning, optimization, and simulation, Mphasis is at the forefront of the field. We believe that quantum computing will play a crucial role in resolving contemporary commercial issues. The areas of information, communication, and computing would be the key areas of research. According to Ramanathan Srikumar, Chief Solutions Officer of Mphasis, it would bring together professors from various engineering and science fields and focus on advancing industrial applications of quantum science and technologies.