Proportionally to its population (5.5M), Finland is not doing too badly in regards to national quantum initiatives, universities dedicated to the future of the technology and the startups in the sector with Aalto University — Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD), VTT, Algorithmiq, IQM, and Unitary Zero Space prime examples of this.
To the list, you can now add one more, Quanscient. Founded this year by Alexandre Halbach, Asser Lähdemäki, Valtteri Lahtinen, and Juha Riippi, the Quantum Simulation-as-a-Service (QSaaS) startup is headquartered in Tampere, Finland’s third-most-populous city.
The startup was set up to, as the team puts it, reinvent simulations for the quantum era by applying its proprietary QSaaS platform to help get customers’ products to the market faster.
“We at Quanscient are focusing on FEM (Finite Element Method) -based simulations. Our specialties are computational electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, and mechanical simulations. Basically, these boil down to solving partial differential equations.[…]”
— Juha Riippi, CEO & Co-Founder, Quanscient
The first thing to ask is why Quanscient’s IP is the most versatile simulation platform in the world.
And they tell it like it is, as the system has been designed by engineers and scientists for engineers and scientists. Quanscient Cloud API-based approach for simulations allows users to design simulations in code. This ultimately provides what is “the most versatile and flexible approach”, while at the same time combining distinct branches of physics, such as electromagnetics, fluid dynamics and mechanics to allow for the requirements of advanced simulations through flexibility, scalability and performance.
Quanscient’s simulation solutions are for:
Antennas, motors, superconductors, microwave engineering and more. Our vision is to provide accurate chip-level simulations with Quantum algorithms
MEMS design, vibration analysis, general elasticity, nonlinear mechanics & more. Quantum algorithms will break your hardware limitations
• FLUID DYNAMICS
Aerodynamics, fluid-structure interaction, microfluidics & more. With Quantum algorithms, we will scale these simulations to an unseen extent
The four-person founding team behind all this exciting stuff is as interesting as their platform too.
Juha Riippi is Quanscient’s CEO. With more than 16 years of experience in software development and digitalization businesses, during that time he has been working in international sales, programming and leadership roles.
Riippi obtained an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the Tampere University of Technology.
CTO at Quanscient, Alexandre Halbach is a simulation algorithms expert and has developed the startup’s state-of-the-art multiphysics simulation algorithms and possesses years of hands-on R&D experience.
Halbach obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liège, Belgium.
Valtteri Lahtinen is the CSO and lead researcher who is responsible for the startup’s Quantum Algorithm development. He is passionate about creating world-changing technologies through mathematics and physics and has more than ten years of spearhead research experience.
Lahtinen received his Ph.D. in Electromagnetics from the Tampere University of Technology, where his research led to him searching for frontiers in contemporary eddy current model-based hysteresis loss modelling of superconductors.
Finally, we have Asser Lähdemäki, Quanscient’s Software Architect. Lähdemäki is a life-long software enthusiast with unchallenged intuition for software architecture. Previously, he has been working as an entrepreneur and as a researcher in a world-renowned Computational Electromagnetics group.
He has an MSc in Electromagnetics from the Tampere University of Technology.
It’s still early days in the life of quantum computing, but startups like Quanscient and others similar to it are and will be the lifeblood for its future development. What the Finnish startup is building, simulation tools combining state-of-the-art simulation algorithms and quantum computing built on a cloud environment, is the technology of tomorrow, today.