UChicago Hosts Quantum and Data Science Workshop in London

June 28, 2022 – Leaders in quantum science, economics, defence, and data science from the United States and the United Kingdom gathered this week in London for a workshop on quantum science and data organized by the University of Chicago. The two-day conference brought together key representatives from both countries to forge new alliances and strengthen existing partnerships in the global race to establish quantum technology and explore the growing data science industry.

Held at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in London on June 20-21, the UChicago Quantum and Data Science Workshop is the second recent meeting between US researchers and European leaders. A Paris conference on quantum technology and sustainability led by UChicago in May also aimed to drive innovation for global impact and build partnerships with industry, academia and government.

“International collaboration is a critical component to significantly advancing quantum information science and engineering, the expansion of which will have profound implications for industry, government and national security,” said David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Physics at the University of Chicago, Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, and Director of Q-NEXT, a national center for quantum information science research in the Department of Energy at Argonne. “International cooperation will be key to creating global standards for this emerging technology, including secure global information networks.”

Scientists believe that quantum networks will enable communication that is virtually impossible to hack, and the implementation of secure quantum communication networks is widely anticipated to be one of the most significant technological frontiers of the 21st century. Quantum security protocols are currently being tested on the Chicago Network – a 124-mile loop connecting the University of Chicago and several suburban labs, one of the longest quantum networks in the United States, announced earlier this month -this.

Global collaboration was a central theme of the meeting, with several panels discussing strategies and opportunities for pursuing joint projects and how best to prepare the quantum workforce. Panelists included representatives from Allied Partners, Amazon Web Services, Cold Quanta, Leonardo, ONR Global, Oxford Instruments, Quinetiq, Quinopticon, Riverlane, Super.tech, UKRI.

A panel moderated by Sir David Capewell, former head of joint operations, discussed the possible benefits offered by quantum technology, including unhackable communications.

The second day of the gathering examined industrial applications of data science and machine learning for national security, civic development, transportation and healthcare. The Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago led these discussions with a presentation on its innovative vision of data science. Their efforts are focused on building partnerships with businesses by training an agile and well-equipped workforce with a strong track record of working directly with industry on market-driven applied research.

The panels included professors from the Booth School of Business and Data Science Institute at UChicago, as well as representatives from Amadeus Capital Partners, Aker Systems, Barclays, Data.org, NHSX, Trium Capital, Tynes Science and UBS. Topics included cutting-edge scientific and security research; the future data science workforce; data for health care; and entrepreneurship, incubation and innovation.

The University of Chicago Quantum and Data Science Colloquium was organized and coordinated in partnership between the Booth School of Business; the Chicago Quantum Exchange; the Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories and Global Initiatives; and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

The University of Chicago strives to develop new solutions to the complex challenges – and endless opportunities – posed by these emerging fields. To drive innovation toward the highest global impact, academic partners strive to build broad partnerships across multiple disciplines. Identifying, training and retaining a diverse workforce emerged as a key theme over the two days. Participants discussed the many opportunities for students at all levels to enter these fields.

“Quantum technology, data science and artificial intelligence offer transformative solutions to many of today’s complex global challenges, such as climate change and information security,” said Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago executive vice president for science, innovation, national labs, and global initiatives; Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at Pritzker Molecular Engineering; and Principal Investigator at Argonne National Laboratory. “The University of Chicago and our collaborators understand that dynamic and strong partnerships, such as those forged at this meeting, are key to driving this innovation.”

About the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at UChicago is one of the fastest growing engineering schools in the United States and the only one of its kind. Specifically created to address some of humanity’s greatest challenges, PME is designed around four themes rather than traditional departments: three problem-focused areas including Immuno-Engineering, Material Systems for Sustainability and Health , and quantum engineering. A fourth theme, Arts, Sciences and Techniques, explores the meeting point between two forms of inquiry – scientific and artistic – and public communication.


Source: Andrew Nellis, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

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