Course Introduction


Quantum for everyone - Course intro (Slides)

Welcome to “Quantum for everyone” !

A second quantum revolution with far reaching applications is unfolding. Of course, the quantum theory, which governs physics on an atomic scale, is not exactly new. Lasers and transistors are examples of quantum technologies from the last century. However, thanks to the recent progress in both engineering and physics, we now have the ability to manipulate quantum systems, such as electrons, atoms and photons, at the individual level. This second quantum revolution opens the doors to a new wave of disruptive technologies that fully exploit the weirdness of quantum mechanics. More precisely, quantum computers will exploit individual quantum systems to solve some domain specific problems’ substantially faster than classical computers. Quantum communication networks will offer a new paradigm to protect users’ data in a much more secured way than current asymmetric crypto means. Finally, quantum sensors will allow improved measurement capabilities in various fields. So as you can understand, we are entering a new paradigm, and this non technical course will teach you how to navigate the rise of quantum technologies. Whether you want to know what's behind all these buzzwords, or whether you want to perhaps use quantum technologies yourself either in a personal context or in a corporation or other organisation, this course will teach you how. And if you want to understand how quantum technologies are affecting society, and how you can navigate that, you will also learn that from this course.

Course Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Basics of Quantum Computing
    • Quantum computing as a service
    • Quantum speedup
    • Superposition, entanglement and interference.
    • Hardware platforms
    • Roadmap to the future
    • Taking your first steps with a cloud quantum computer
  • Lesson 2: Quantum Computing Use Cases
    • Simulation, optimization and machine learning
    • Applications in chemistry and pharma
    • Applications in finance and insurance
    • Applications in transportation and energy
  • Lesson 3: Transitioning to Quantum-Safe Security
    • Cryptography basic principles
    • Quantum-Safe status
    • Case study – blockchain technology
    • Quantum resistant algorithms
    • Quantum cryptography
    • Case study – a hybrid quantum-classical communication network
    • Quantum risk assessment
  • Lesson 4:  The Quantum Industry
    • National initiatives 
    • Companies landscape and private funding
    • First steps for end users
    • Resources beyond this course