The CERN Quantum Technology Initiative

Join the audience for a live webinar at 2 p.m. BST on 31 March 2021 sponsored by Oxford Instruments, Bluefors, Hiden Analytical, Intelliconnect/CryoCoax and Hamamatsu Photonics Europe

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Quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionise science and society, but are still in their infancy. In recent years, the growing importance and the potential impact of quantum technology development has been highlighted by increasing investments in R&D worldwide in both academia and industry.

Cutting-edge research in quantum systems has been performed at CERN for many years to investigate the many open questions in quantum mechanics and particle physics. However, only recently, the different ongoing activities in quantum computing, sensing communications and theory have been brought under a common strategy to assess the potential impact on future CERN experiments.

This webinar, presented by Alberto Di Meglio, will introduce the new CERN Quantum Technology Initiative, give an overview of the Laboratory’s R&D activities and plans in this field, and give examples of the potential impact on research. It will also touch upon the rich international network of activities and how CERN fosters research collaborations.

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Alberto Di Meglio is the head of CERN openlab in the IT Department at CERN and co-ordinator of the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative. Alberto is an aerospace engineer (MEng) and electronic engineer (PhD) by education and has extensive experience in the design, development and deployment of distributed computing and data infrastructures and software services for both commercial and research applications.

He joined CERN in 1998 as data centre systems engineer. In 2004, he took part in the early stages of development of the High-Energy Physics Computing Grid. From 2010 to 2013, Alberto was project director of the European Middleware Initiative (EMI), a project responsible for developing and maintaining most of the software services powering the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid.

Since 2013, Alberto has been leading CERN openlab, a long-term initiative to organise public–private collaborative R&D projects between CERN, academia and industry in ICT, computer and data science, covering many aspects of today’s technology, from heterogenous architecture and distributed computing to AI and quantum technologies.

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