Irelands First Quantum Computer Engineering Centre Launched at Tyndall National

May 17, 2021 — A multi-million-euro investment will see 900 sq meters of research space dedicated to quantum technology at Tyndall National Institute’s new facility on Cork’s North Mall and will be a key part of the Institute’s plans to double in size and impact by 2025. Tyndall is also recruiting 5 new senior research leaders, including a Head of Quantum Research to lead the overall Centre and who will build new quantum research teams to accelerate the growth of the centre. Overall, this new investment will result in an additional 45 quantum research jobs giving a further boost to Tyndall’s quantum ecosystem that already counts the highest concentration of researchers in Ireland.

The announcement was made at an official launch event on 13 May, which saw world leading experts speak to Irish researchers, policy makers and industry leaders on the ‘Quantum Revolution’ and the scale of opportunity for Ireland in this emerging multi-billion-euro market.

Tyndall has been at the forefront of quantum technology research in Ireland for 10 years and is already leading Irish efforts in engineering next generation quantum technology using deep-tech photonics and nano-electronics, working on a number of ambitious projects with industry partners. Tyndall is also a partner in several European projects on quantum engineering, including the realisation of single-photon sources at telecommunication wavelengths, the development of cryogenic electronics for scalable quantum computing technologies, and the offering of research infrastructure to enable research on materials and nanostructures for quantum computing and sensing.

Dr Agnieszka Gocalinska, Researcher, Tyndall

Quantum requires new types of hardware, software and communication technologies, using an entirely different logic to conventional computers utilising Boolean algebra, the building blocks of computer technology developed by the first professor of mathematics at UCC. Tyndall’s core research work to date has been in Quantum Cryptography for secure communications and sources of quantum light for quantum information (quantum internet and quantum computation).

One of the keynote speakers at the event, Professor Dominic O’Brien, Director of the UK’s Quantum Computing & Simulation Hub, said it is critical that Ireland actively participates in the quantum revolution. Meanwhile, industry leaders including Dr James Clarke, Director of Quantum Hardware at Intel Corporation, and Dr Ruoyi Zhou, Director of IBM Research, Ireland, spoke about the immense opportunities for Ireland, their companies’ ambition for Quantum, and the urgent importance of establishing a national ecosystem and programme for Quantum Computer Engineering in Ireland, as well as EU and global co-operation.

Attendees at the launch also heard from Professor J.C. Seamus Davis from University College Cork and Oxford University, who leads a pioneering Irish-UK Quantum Research programme, and from Professor Tommaso Calarco, Chair, European Quantum Community Network on the importance of Quantum for Europe and the practical realisation of Quantum technologies.

Other contributors included the IDA, mBryonics, MIDAS the Industry Association for Microelectronics and Electronic Systems Design in Ireland, SFI, ICHEC the Irish Centre for High-End Computing, and Analog Devices Ireland.

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