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Training & Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering: innovation in Quantum Business - Applications, Technology and Engineering (InQuBATE)

Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: EP/P510270/1
Funded under: EPSRC Funder Contribution: 3,667,760 GBP
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Training & Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering: innovation in Quantum Business - Applications, Technology and Engineering (InQuBATE)

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Quantum technologies promise a transformation of measurement, communication and computation by using ideas originating from quantum physics. The UK was the birthplace of many of the seminal ideas and techniques in this area; the technologies are now ready to translate from the laboratory into industrial applications. Since international companies are already moving in this area, and technology transfer in the UK is being accelerated through a substantial national research and development programme, there is a critical need for highly-skilled researchers who can work with the new technologies at the level of whole systems to provide products that solve real-world problems. Our proposal is driven by the need to train this new generation of leaders. They will need to be equipped to function in the complex research and engineering landscape where quantum hardware (with the attendant challenges in cryptography, complexity and information theory, devices, materials, software and hardware engineering) meets real devices, real applications and real customers. We propose to train an additional cohort of leaders to meet these challenges within the highly interdisciplinary research environment provided by UCL, exploiting the existing training programmes of two highly successful EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, in Delivering Quantum Technologies and Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, along with the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering and their commercial and governmental laboratory partners. We will provide a new doctoral training route for outstanding engineers. In their first year the students will obtain a background in devices, information and computational sciences through three concentrated modules organized around current engineering challenges. They will complete a team project and a longer individual research project, preparing them for their choice of main research doctoral topic at the end of the year. They will then move into doctoral research either within UCL or in the wider national Quantum Technologies Programme. Cross-cohort training in communication skills, technology transfer, enterprise, teamwork and career planning will continue throughout the four years. Peer to peer learning will be continually facilitated not only by organized cross-cohort activities, but also by the day to day social interaction. Following their co-location at UCL during training we expect the Skills Hub cohort to form a national network to advance the application of quantum technologies. We will also provide opportunities for the best graduates to develop their ideas beyond the PhD stage and to accelerate new concepts towards applications, while at the same time offering continuing training to those already working in industries ripe for applying quantum technologies.

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