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McMaster University And Xanadu Partner on Quantum Computing Research and Training

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  • McMaster University and Xanadu partnership to take aim at need for more quantum research and more quantum-trained workers.
  • Partnership includes educational materials to train McMaster students for future careers in quantum and developing and testing new quantum computing algorithms.
  •  Critical Quote: “Through this partnership with Xanadu, we are delighted that our students will gain unique access to the cutting-edge technologies and training opportunities they need to become work-ready leaders in this rapidly growing area.” — John Preston
  • Image: McMaster University/Xanadu

PRESS RELEASE — McMaster University and Xanadu Quantum Technologies (Xanadu) are teaming up in a new research partnership to advance the field of quantum computing.

The partnership goals include creating educational materials to train McMaster students for future careers in quantum and developing and testing new quantum computing algorithms to fuel research projects.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Xanadu to forge ahead in the study and application of quantum computing,” says Ray LaPierre, Professor of Engineering Physics at McMaster Engineering. “This partnership will not only support advances in quantum research but will also produce quantum-ready students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Together we will champion the next generation of world-class quantum professionals.”

Xanadu is a Canadian quantum computing company based in Toronto, Ontario, on a mission to build quantum computers that are useful and available to people everywhere. Last summer, the team at Xanadu achieved quantum computational advantage on their most recent quantum computer, Borealis, representing a huge milestone for the technology and putting a spotlight on Canadian innovation. The company also leads the development of PennyLane, an open-source software framework for quantum machine learning, quantum chemistry, and quantum computing with the ability to run on all hardware. PennyLane has become a pillar of quantum computing research.

“We are excited to be adding McMaster to our growing list of university partners. Their dedication to student growth and pushing the boundaries of existing research will undoubtedly create impactful projects to propel quantum computing research and training forward in Canada,” said Jen Dodd, Quantum Community Lead at Xanadu.

Student success is at the heart of the McMaster values and bringing top-tier education is key to helping future-proof their careers. McMaster faculty and Xanadu researchers will collaborate and use PennyLane to both enhance existing and develop new quantum computing algorithms that will be utilized in McMaster student research projects. A suite of educational tools and customized training programs will be developed to support students and faculty.

“Quantum computing is a growing field of research that has the potential to make significant impact across a broad spectrum of applications and sectors,” says John Preston, Associate Dean, research, innovation and external relations with the Faculty of Engineering. “Through this partnership with Xanadu, we are delighted that our students will gain unique access to the cutting-edge technologies and training opportunities they need to become work-ready leaders in this rapidly growing area.”

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