Quantum Computing (QC) is a rapidly developing emerging technology based on a combination of information technology and the physics of quantum mechanics, which is expected to transform the Information Technology industry. The implications of QC range from rendering insecure existing protocols protecting online security, to solving previously infeasible industrial problems in the cybersecurity, transportation, manufacturing, energy, supply chain and defence sectors, among others.
However, the Australian IT industry is currently unprepared for the Quantum IT transformation, lacking a suitable skilled workforce and an understanding of the technology and how to apply it to solve real-world problems. This program aims to tackle hurdles in the adoption of quantum-safe security technologies and innovative industry applications of quantum computing. We aim to identify, develop and evaluate suitable QC algorithms and protocols for cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, optimisation and physical system simulation problems, and apply them to feasibly solve industrial problems with near-term QC devices.
We also aim to contribute to training the future workforce for the Australian Quantum IT industry. Outcomes are expected to provide technical solutions, know-how, and graduates with multi-disciplinary skills required for multiple sectors of Australian industry to prepare for and take early advantage of QC in tomorrow's global quantum-based industry.