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8 November 2017

ARC Centre of Excellence for a new quantum era

 

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of the 2017 ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, which will focus on the development of next-generation quantum technologies for far-reaching practical applications including health, the environment and security for Australians.

The University of Queensland is receiving $31.9 million over seven years from 2017 to foster significant collaborations with universities and other research organisations to pioneer the design of quantum materials and imaging systems. This represents continued funding of this Centre of Excellence, originally established in 2011 under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme. 

Professor Thomas said the Centre of Excellence’s new focus on its exciting and innovative research program would address the most challenging research problems at the interface of basic quantum physics and engineering.

“The Centre of Excellence will continue to work with industry partners to translate these research discoveries into practical applications and quantum devices—and in the process training a new generation of researchers with the skills needed to lead the future in this exciting field,” said Professor Thomas.

The Centre of Excellence will work with four other universities—The University of Sydney; Macquarie University; The University of Western Australia; and The Australian National University—and eighteen partner organisations, including: Defence Science and Technology Organisation; Mog Laboratories Pty Ltd; National Measurement Institute; University of Vienna, Austria; Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information; Vienna University of Technology ; CNRS – Institut Neel, France; CNRS – French National Centre for Scientific Research; Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Muenster; University of Ulm; Swiss Federation Institute of Technology, Zurich; Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK; University of Oxford, UK; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Dartmouth College, USA; University of California, Berkeley; and Observatoire de Paris – SYRTE.

For more information about the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, please visit the Centre’s website.

For more information about the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme, please visit the ARC website.

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