On 12th September 2022, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has become the 1st Indian educational institution to join the New York (NY)-based International Business Machines (IBM) Quantum Network to promote and advance quantum computing skills development and research in India.

IIT-M is to join a network total of 180 global members in the IBM Quantum Network.

Key Highlights:

  • The members of IBM Quantum Network include a community of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions, and research labs. The network includes about 53 academic institutes from across the world.
  • The Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing (CQuICC) at IIT-M aims to advance core algorithms in research areas like Quantum Machine Learning, Quantum Optimisation, and Applications research in Finance.
  • IIT-M will use IBM Quantum services alongside the open-source Qiskit framework to explore areas like quantum algorithms, quantum error correction and error mitigation, etc, to advance and enlarge the quantum computing ecosystem.
  • IIT-M will receive cloud-based access to IBM’s advanced quantum computing systems and IBM’s quantum expertise.
  • The access helps to explore practical applications and realise wide-ranging benefits of this technology business and society.
  • Joining 18M Quantum Network will provide IIT-M faculty direct access to state-of-the-art quantum hardware and software.
  • The previous year, IIT-M joined IBM’s quantum education programme to provide IIT-M students and faculty access to IBM quantum learning resources.

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