The Catalan Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) has created a new Quantum Technologies Hub in Catalonia. The new hub, called QuantumCAT, brings together internationally renowned scientists with extensive experience in quantum technologies, as well as a growing network of companies interested in this field.
According to ICFO, the aim of QuantumCAT is to promote technology transfer and innovation projects with an industrial and social impact in the short and medium term. To achieve this, the new hub aims to focus on transferring discoveries made in research laboratories to the market, by means of industrially viable implementations and applications, so as to facilitate the transformation of scientific concepts into tangible implementations for industry and citizenship in general.
The new hub will coordinate activities in technological areas such as quantum communication and cybersecurity, quantum computing and simulation, quantum artificial intelligence or quantum metrology.
Coordinated by ICFO, QuantumCAT includes leading research institutions in Catalonia, such as ICFO itself, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the University of Barcelona (UB), the Fundació i2CAT, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and together with the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE) and the National Center of Microelectronics (CNM) as collaborators.
It also includes different industrial players, such as Metempsy, Volkswagen Group, MemComputing, VetGENOMICS, BcnInnova, Cellnex, Keysight Technologies, Quside, AIA Group, Everis, and Telefónica R&D, among others.