The first Quantum Innovation Lab brought together 48 experts from across academia and industry for a three day collaborative event in March 2017.

The three industrial partners were:

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Attendees were separated into six working groups, exploring the subjects of security, quantum algorithms, scalable quantum architectures, applications for a small quantum computer, gravitational sensing, and timing.

Participants worked in these groups for three days to explore the problems faced by the industrial partners. Attendees also took part in a variety of other activities, such as inter-group exercises so that the working groups could share their ideas with others.

 

On the final day, all working groups gave presentations to a number of invited guests from both academia and industry. Here they explained what they had learned during their exploration of these problems. Each group highlighted several short-term projects based on this exploration which could be made available to interested PhD students, with the prospect of long-term collaboration between industry and academia.

One of the projects resulting from QIL17, developed with Hitachi Cambridge, was undertaken as a three-month project by David Ibberson, a student at the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training. The results of this project are currently under review for publication (preprint here). Following this, the student has continued work in this area as their PhD project, extending the collaboration with Hitachi to three years.