The University of Chicago is very active in partnering with various entities and recently added one more. Apart from being one of the founders of Chicago Quantum Exchangethe head of one of NSF’s Quantum Leap Challenge Institute called QuBBE (Quantum Sensing for Biophysics and Bioengineering)partner or affiliate of the Department of Energy Q-NEXT And HQANand NSF affiliates SQMSwho also recently announced another collaboration in a ten year multi-million quantum research program with IBM and Google.
This latest collaboration is the Chicago-Tohoku Quantum Alliance with Tohoku University in Japan. Such collaborations can bring to the University of Chicago some capabilities not available in some of the others listed above. Tohoku University has become a leader in materials science and microelectronics and has a large 300 mm wafer processing facility. In addition, this collaboration can help Chicago strengthen ties with other Japanese industrial companies, academic institutions and the government. For his part, Tohoku will benefit from Chicago’s fundamental quantum science research as well as his experience operating a 127 mile quantum communications network in the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition, Chicago is also the location of Duality quantum accelerator to incubate quantum startups and Tohoku plans to create its own accelerator in Japan. This collaboration will allow them to leverage the experience the University of Chicago has with Duality. The two universities plan to hold workshops as well as cooperate on various workforce development programs which will include student and faculty exchange programs.
The University of Chicago has issued a press release announcing the collaboration and it is available Here.
June 6, 2023