Centre updates

Prof Simmons shares her vision of a quantum future at Vivid

Australia is well positioned to develop a practical quantum computer, said CQC2T director Michelle Simmons as she lauded Australia’s bright future in quantum computing at Sydney's Vivid Ideas festival.

Prof Simmons delivers the keynote address at ‘Creating a Quantum World’. Photo: Sally Maguire/Business Events Sydney

Professor Simmons, speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Art, said that Australia’s research ecosystem has created a unique advantage in the field of quantum science and nanotechnology, citing six quantum-related Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence as an example.

"Fifteen to 20 years ago we saw that rapid improvements in today’s computers were coming to an end, and we saw the promise of quantum, so Australia is now able to take advantage of the skills and technology we’ve developed in that time,” she said.

Read more at the UNSW Sydney Newsroom.

Congratulations to Dr Chunle Xiong, new ARC Future Fellow

CQC2T congratulates Dr Chunle Xiong on being named an ARC Future Fellow in the latest round of funding announcements on 5 June. Chunle is a member of Professor Ping Koy Lam's group at the Centre's Australian National University node.

Dr Chunle Xiong, CQC2T postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University and ARC Future Fellow

Chunle was awarded $746,000 to address the fundamental challenges of developing quantum communication technology in space. In his work on the project, he will aim to perform space qualification of quantum technologies and optimise quantum key distribution protocols for space applications.

See the full list of new ARC Future Fellows at the Australian Research Council website.