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A talk with QuTE, Thai developers on Quantum Computing: What will drive Deep Tech further?

DIGITAL VENTURES October 03, 2018 4:35 PM


Although Quantum Computing is in its early stage, this Deep Tech has received much interest from various sectors such as private IT companies and the government of leading nations. These companies and countries are encouraging collaborations of experts in different fields of studies. This is rather an interesting method especially for Quantum Computing R&D in Thailand that needs to catch up with the knowledge-based economy. What is the current situation of Quantum Computing studies and what are the opportunities in Thailand? Digital Ventures explores this issue along with QuTE, a team of Thai developers in Quantum Computing.

Advancing Quantum Computing and where to begin.



The education sector and Quantum Computing development.

In the past, the education sector is the pioneer for technology research. The technology we see today are integrations of knowledge from different fields of studies as the academic sector houses experts from various branches of knowledge. Also, their working system is suitable for experimenting and applying their findings to commercialization. Therefore, for the R&D of an early stage technology such as Quantum Computing, we shall first turn to the academic sector. They should be supported with more opportunities, the proper space, and facilities as well as collaborations from related sectors.

Case studies of Quantum Computing R&D in academic sectors of different countries.

Although degree programs in Quantum Computing are still not available in other countries, knowledge from the collaboration of experts in the computer, quantum physics, and related field of science has led to the establishment of special departments. These units provide information and develop courses so that people can get to know more about the technology. Some examples are shown below.

  • MIT Quantum Computing course. MIT, a world-leading technology educational institution offers a Quantum Computing curriculum. The course joins professors in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics and collaborates with IBM, an IT company that develops hardware for Quantum Computing. Students will receive a certificate from MIT and although it is not yet a degree, this is a great start.
  • Institute of Quantum Computing by the University of Waterloo is a research institute that aims to chiefly study Quantum Computing. Their mission is to expand basic knowledge about this technology and be a part of Quantum Computing curriculum development in universities.
  • UC Berkeley’s curriculum on Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation is an online course designed by UC Berkeley. It aims to provide basic knowledge about the mechanism of Quantum Computing to prepare for further applications. This course is free of charge for learners around the world.

Aside from the educational sector, tech giants such as Microsoft is also spotlighting this technology. They have opened a research center for Quantum Computing at the University of Copenhagen to support long-term R&D. Moreover, they have invented the quantum developer kit as an experimental tool for applications on Quantum Computing. The experimented applications can be used via Azure on Microsoft’s cloud that is using Quantum Computer hardware.

The academic sector and Quantum Computing research in Thailand.

The development of new technology in Thailand also undergo similar trends, that is from studies by experts in related fields as pioneers such as for computer engineering. The QuTE team is among the first Quantum Computing technology developers in Thailand. This is a collaboration of professors in physics and computer engineering from various universities in Thailand.

Regarding Quantum Computing R&D in Thailand, QuTE views that the communication of knowledge in Quantum Computing can instantly begin with physics and computer engineer experts so that they become interested and help drive research. QuTE foresees the foundation of Quantum Computing application in Thailand in various aspects as follow:

  • Disseminate Quantum Computing knowledge in the Thai language in forms of training courses and other media so Thais can easily understand. Content may range from basic knowledge for the general public to creating applications on Quantum Computing which is different from conventional computers.
  • Provide consultation regarding Quantum Computing for the public and private sector. They aim to provide expert advice for internal applications in organizations. This is because the application of this technology in the business sector will help promote its prevalence. As for the government, they too should be mindful of the technology that has the potential to become the infrastructure of the future.  
  • Develop the quantum simulator for research by using the photonic-based quantum random walk that will result in faster processing. The process will involve simulating the software of Quantum Computing into classical computing or building specific Quantum Computing to support the quantum random walk which is much cheaper than building the universal Quantum Computing that large organizations are making.



Support for Quantum Computing development in Thailand.

As they are among the first scholars in Thailand who are studying Quantum Computing, QuTE views that there are two main factors that may help drive this technology. For Quantum Computing to become more widespread among Thais, in the initial stage, the factors are as follow.

  • The support for knowledge communication which can be in various forms such as training courses or knowledge compilations disseminated via various channels. This area needs support for better accessibility and efficient presentations.
  • The support for access to communities regarding Quantum Computing in other countries. Building communities provide more opportunities for access to resources and new knowledge regarding technology. The support for Thais to access the communities will increase knowledge and new development process for the country.

In the next phase, the team seeks to support the application of Quantum Computing to the nation’s development scheme both in the innovation and business industry. Also, they seek to be part of the core technology development that will be used in building Quantum Computers, both in terms of hardware and software. Undeniably, research funds from the public and private sector are the key to future development.

It can be seen that technology development requires further studies and spin-offs as key elements. QuTE is among the Quantum Computing developers that are part of U.REKA. U.REKA is a project for Deep Technology innovation development that has begun from the academic sector led by 7 leading universities in Thailand. Follow us as Digital Ventures will share more about participants from U.REKA and their Deep Tech development.