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Lack of digital skills can impede the Danish quantum adventure

29 November 2023

Lack of skills can impede the Danish quantum adventure

Quantum technology opens up a world of possibilities, but we must acknowledge that the path forward may not necessarily be easy. Denmark can play a crucial role in the development, but to realize this potential, focused investments and, above all, competent digital specialists are needed.

This opinion was published in Børsen on 29 November 2023

Thomas Riisgaard Hansen, Director, Digital Research Centre Denmark
Allan Grønlund, co-founder, Kvantify
Michael Kastoryano, Associate Professor, ITU
Jaco van de Pol, Professor, Aarhus University

Quantum computers will not replace our existing computers; they will complement them. They will be particularly effective for highly specialized tasks, where they can perform complex calculations significantly faster than conventional computers.

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Quantum technology and digitalisation: DIREC invited to a research workshop at DTU on 6 January

20 january 2023

Quantum technology and digitalisation: DIREC invited to a research workshop at DTU on 6 January

How do we create a Danish community of computer scientists who can develop future software for quantum technologies? This was the subject of a workshop where 40 leading researchers were recently gathered at Technical University of Denmark.

Massive investments are made in quantum technology, and major technological advances have been achieved in recent years. Although there is probably still a long way to go before an actual quantum computer will be faster than classical computers for anything other than very special calculations, digitization and computer science can already now benefit the development in many areas.

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Quantum in practice: Current industry applications

Quantum Event:

Quantum in practice: Current industry applications

Join us for an afternoon filled with insights and inspiration as we explore the potential of quantum computing.

Are you curious about cutting-edge research and real-world applications of quantum technology?

Four leading companies working in quantum computing will share their work and showcase real-world use cases for quantum computing and quantum-inspired computing. From computational problems to chemistry and optimization, the talks will highlight how quantum computing is reshaping industries and solving today’s challenges for companies and society.

***This event will be held in Danish***

Whether you’re a quantum enthusiast or just curious about the potential of quantum technologies, this event will show you the many ways in which quantum computing can be applied to revolutionize our industries and society for good.


12.30-13.00 Lunch and networking 

13.00-13.10  Welcome 

13.10-13.40  Variationelle kvantealgoritmer (VQA) til kvantekemi og kemitekniske applikationer
Mark Jones, Co-Founder & CEO/CTO, Molecular Quantum Solutions

13.40-14.10  Hvordan vi finder svære beregningsmæssige problemer
Janus Wesenberg, Head of Research, Kvantify

14.10-14.20  Coffee break

14.20-14.50  Hvordan QPurpose bruger kvanteteknologi til at løse computationelle problemer på tværs af industrier 
Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, Founder and CEO, QPurpose

14.50-15.20  Kvantesikker kryptografi
Emil Hansen, CTO, Cryptomatic

15.20-15.50  Panel discussion
Moderator Sofie Lindskov Hansen, Quantum Business Developer, Sparrow Quantum

15.50-15.55  Closing remarks

15.55-16.15  Networking and refreshment

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Workshop: An update on quantum computers – where are we today?


An update on Quantum computers – where are we today?

Quantum technology has become a hot topic, not the least in Denmark with the recent announcement of the Government’s Quantum Strategy.

Quantum computing is probably the potentially most disruptive of the three main quantum technologies (sensing, communications and computing). In this workshop we will illustrate the current state-of-the art of quantum computing through examples and explanations from researchers in this field.
We are still in the so-called NISQ-era (noisy-intermediate-scale-quantum) with a limited number of very fragile qubits. The technical press frequently reports about ‘breakthroughs’ and you may get the impression that the ultimate quantum computer is just around the corner. There have also been reports about interesting results obtained with so-called analog quantum simulators.
It may be difficult to look through the hype and get a clear impression of where we stand today. Some claim that it will be possible to obtain performance with NISQ-processors that will outperform state-of-the-art HPCs quite soon. Others think that it will not happen until an error corrected, gate-based quantum processor becomes available.
In this workshop we will present examples of what’s actually possible today and we will address some of the recent so-called breakthroughs. We will also explain what analog quantum simulators are, and what they may be used for.
Target audience:
The target audience for the workshop are researchers and technical staff from the members of DIREC and the Danish Quantum Community and others having a basic background knowledge on quantum computing.


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and coffee

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome

10:05 – 10:20 Overview of performance for available quantum computers

Quantum Engagement Specialist, Ulrich Busk Hoff, Kvantify

10:20 – 10:35 Error mitigation – a way to early quantum advantage? 

IBM Quantum Ambassador, Henrik Vosegaard and
Partner Technical Specialist, Christoffer Mohr Jensen IBM

10:35 – 10:50 Quantum simulators – what is that, and what can they do?
PhD student Dylan Harley, QMATH

10:50 – 11:20 Discussion in smaller groups

  • Benchmarking quantum versus classical computing
  • Efficient mapping of quantum algorithms onto NISQ computers
  • Market aspects/venture capital
  • How do we engage more computer scientists in quantum computing?

11:20 – 11:35 Assessment of recent results from Quantinuum
Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, Head of Center for Quantum Matematics, SDU

11:35 – 11:50 Optimal Mapping of Quantum Circuits to NISQ computers
Professor Jaco van de Pol and Ph.D. PostDoc Irfansha Shaik, Department of Computer Science, AU

11:50 – 12:10 Experience from working with NISQ-devices in the Cloud
Head of Research, Janus Wesenberg, Kvantify

12:10 – 12:30 Computer science’s role in early quantum computing
Professor, Dr. Tech. Torben Larsen, AAU

12:30 – 13:00 Lunch and networking

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Quantum Computing – Workshop and Opening Event

Part 1 workshop

Topological Quantum Computing, Gaussian Boson Sampling
 and Measurement-based Quantum Computing

Part 2

Part 2 Opening Event

Quantum Hub Opening Event

PART 1 Workshop:  09:00-12:00

Topological Quantum Computing, Gaussian Boson Sampling
 and Measurement-based Quantum Computing


09:00 Welcome
by DIREC managing director Thomas Riisgaard Hansen

09:10 Topological Quantum Computing
by Professor and QM Centre Director Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

10:20 Coffee break

10:35 Gaussian Boson Sampling
by Assistant Professor Shan Shan

11:15 Coffee break

11:30 Measurement-based Quantum Computing
PhD Student Santiago Quintero de los Rios

All are welcome

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PART 2: 13:00 – 17:00

SDU Quantum Hub Opening Event


13:00 Welcome by SDU Quantum Hub
by Director Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

13:05 Presentations of quantum research activities at:

  • NBI, Professor Klaus Mølmer

  • DTU, Professor Ulrik Lund Andersen

  • ITU, Associate Professor Michael Kastoryano
  • AU, Professor Birgit Schiøtt

  • AAU, Professor Torben Larsen

  • KU, Professor Matthias Christandl

15:25 Coffee break

15:40 Presentation of the SDU Quantum Hub
by Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen

16:10 Addresses
by TEK Dean, Professor Henrik Bindslev, NAT Dean, Professor Marianne Holmer & Rector, Professor Jens Ringsmose

16:30 Reception

Registration is not needed