QuSoft is the new Dutch research center for quantum software. Its mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. The main focus of the center is on the development of quantum software, which requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from conventional software.

Research program

The researchers at QuSoft develop software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties such as superposition, interference and entanglement. That requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from those used to develop conventional software. The work of the center is organized into four research groups:

  1. Few-qubit applications
  2. Quantum testing and debugging
  3. Quantum cryptography
  4. Quantum architectures

QuSoft complements the research conducted by QuTech, which focuses on the development of quantum hardware, and thus strengthens the position of Amsterdam and the Netherlands in world-class quantum research.

Inception

QuSoft was recently launched by CWI, UvA and VU, and builds on these institutions’ excellent track record in quantum computing and quantum information. The directorate of the center is in the hands of Harry Buhrman, Professor of Computer Science at UvA and Leader of CWI’s Algorithms and Complexity Group, and Kareljan Schoutens, Professor of Theoretical Physics at UvA.

QuSoft receives structural funding through UvA’s research priority area Quantum Matter and Quantum Information (QM&QI), a joint effort between four research institutes of the Faculty of Science. The center is currently hosted by CWI, located at Amsterdam Science Park.

Scientific Advisors, Partners, and the National QI Program

QuSoft will invite a number of leading experts in the field to form a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), and will seek the SAC’s advice on major decisions such as the profile of the researchers to be recruited in 2016.

In addition, QuSoft will invite representatives of both public and private partners to form an Industry Advisory Board. QuSoft will work with this board to identify the correct valorization trajectory for the various types of knowledge and ideas created.

Together with QuTech and representatives of the Dutch Science Council (NWO), and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, QuSoft will work towards a national Dutch research program on Quantum Information (QI). In addition, QuSoft will participate in the coordinated Dutch contribution to the EU strategy for investment in Quantum Science and Technologies (part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme). A major event in this context was the conference “Quantum Europe 2016: A new Era of Science & Technology” which took place in Amsterdam in May 2016.