CERN QTI has established, and actively seeks to establish, collaborations and synergies with relevant initiatives and bodies at many different levels. Most of the current research projects are run in direct collaboration with academic and research centres and companies in the CERN Members States and beyond. Some of the examples include:
- Collaboration on Quantum computing and artificial intelligence for earth observation and scenario forecasting with the European Space Agency (ESA).
- Evaluation of the quality of quantum random generator for Monte Carlo simulation with Cambridge Quantum Computing in the United Kingdom and the Oviedo University in Spain.
- Development of Quantum Generative Models with Aachen University and DESY in Germany and Cambridge Quantum Computing in the United Kingdom.
- Design of distributed quantum computing simulation platforms with INFN-CNAF in Italy.
- Collaboration to create a Centre for Quantum Algorithm Studies and Applications with the University of Padova in Italy.
- Development of a Quantum Graph Neural Networks for particle tracking with the Middle Eastern Technical University in Turkey and GluoNNet in Switzerland.
- Hosting of quantum communication router and use cases for the openQKD projects with the University of Geneva and Idée Quantique in Switzerland.
- MECHANICS, a project proposal on Quantum Machine Learning and Quantum Computing as a Service for the EC ICT40 call with FZ Juelich and T-Systems in Germany, Nokia in Finland, OROBIX and Istituto Mario Negri in Italy.
- Q-POWER, a project proposal on Quantum Technologies Citizen Science activities with Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in Germany and Aarhus University in Denmark.
- Support and advisory participation in US National Labs proposals in the context of the US Quantum National Initiative (Oak Ridge, Fermilab).
- Development of Quantum Support Vector Machines for signal/background classification (IBM, University of Wisconsin - ATLAS, Tokyo University, IHEP).
- Quantum implementation of single-layer perceptron and benchmarking of the Intel Quantum Simulator.
CERN’s traditional collaborative culture and the specific position of CERN as an international multidisciplinary scientific research centre put the Organization in an ideal position to act as a hub, an honest broker, for knowledge advancement and sharing across communities and to promote broader discussions about the development and use of quantum technologies for science and society.
A critical aspect of the activities of CERN QTI is the establishment of co-development collaborations between research and industry to advance the state of the art and to exploit the specific areas of expertise at CERN. CERN QTI — in direct collaboration with existing CERN structures, such as the Knowledge Transfer Group, CERN openlab, or IdeaSquare — shares knowledge and builds innovation primarily via two mechanisms:
- The creation of a network of industrial collaborations within and outside the HEP community based on specific IP management policies;
- The maximisation of dissemination and adoption of its research outcomes by the publication of research outcomes through scientific journals, but also specialised media outlets, or social media channels. Any commercially exploitable result will be subject to appropriate IPRs, protection mechanisms (e.g. publication or patenting) and open or dual-licensing frameworks.