Cool workshop

From 9th to 12th of June, we had the pleasure of hosting a little workshop on atoms and lasers – and a couple of other things too. This was put together in connection with a visit from our esteemed colleges from Warsaw University, prof. Katarzyna Krajewska (picture), prof. Jerzy Kaminski (prince George amongst friends) and their team.

They all delivered very interesting presentations – as did Thomas Bondo Pedersen and his students from the Hylleraas Centre, which is headed by Thomas, and Morten Førre and his students. Presentations holding the promise of significant and new scientific contributions in the near future – both when it comes to pair creation, strong field ionization beyond the dipole approximation and the ability to describe complex, unbound molecular systems dynamically.

As for our local “hubbers”, our own Bendik got to demonstrate several of his very nice research results, and Sergiy gave a nice introduction to the diverse activities in our hub. We were happy to see the Regal fraction of our Quantum Hub, headed by Andre, taking and active part – both presenting and participating.

For more details – and a cool gallery, please visit the workshop’s homepage.

We thank Maryam Kaviani for taking care of virtually all practicalities. And we do not thank our technical division for remaining silent about the overly cool temperature in our original venue.

Visit from Kempten

Last Wednesday, Quantum Hub had the pleasure of welcoming Prof. Dr. Arthur Kolb, Vice President for Internationalisation and Equal Opportunities from Kempten University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Prof. Kolb showed great interest in our agenda and goals, particularly in the means and strategies we’re using to achieve them. He was especially curious about our two quantum computers. It sounds like Kempten might be diving into the quantum world soon too!

GoForIT: Quantum assisted twin transition?

Last Tuesday, GoForIT hosted their annual conference. This year’s topic was AI, geopolitics & twin transition. It was a pleasure to see that the quantum agenda was included too. Clearly, Mali Hole Skogen, Technology and sustainability director ICT-Norway and the head of GoForIT, had not forgotten that she was there when Norway went quantum a couple of years ago.

There are good reasons for arguing that quantum technology will play a key role in the twin transition – the combined digital and green transition, which is anticipated by many. Therefore, it was with great enthusiasm we noticed that the program featured Alessandro Curioni, the director IBM Research in Zurich. You see him in to the left in the above picture – with the Norwegian IBM quantum ambassador Lars Nordbryhn to his left, and our own Shuakat Ali to the left of him.

A packed, attentive and tech-optimistic audience at the Sommero Hotel was explained how emerging quantum technology may change the world. The audience featured IT experts and management from both businesses and academia – in addition to politicians.

Afterwards, we also got to share some ideas with Alessandro on how to bring about quantum awareness in Norway.

Quantum-inspired evolutionary algorithms

Recently our faculty received funding from Ministry of Education and Research for 8 PhD positions. We are happy to announce that one of these will be allocated to a quantum-related topic. The project is lead by Kazi Shah Nawaz Ripon. We let him explain what it is about:

Quantum-inspired evolutionary algorithms (QEAs) are a type of optimization tool that have gained popularity in recent years due to their ability to solve complex problems more efficiently than traditional methods. QEAs use principles from quantum mechanics, such as qubits, superposition, entanglement, interference, coherence, and measurement, to improve their performance. However, most existing QEA implementations are designed for specialized quantum hardware, which is inaccessible to general users. Moreover, while traditional QEAs are effective for solving single-objective problems, most real-world optimization problems involve multiple interdependent objectives. Therefore, our aim is to develop a novel multi-objective QEA specifically designed for classical computing environments so that industries can use it to optimize their operations more efficiently. Ultimately, the goal is to advance optimization methodologies and facilitate broader access to cutting-edge problem-solving techniques in academic and industrial settings.

Exciting podcast: Kvantespranget/The Quantum Leap

Ina von Turow, entrepreneur and quantum enthusiast, has, for a long time now, contributed actively to the campaign for making Norway quantum ready. Her latest contribution in this regard is a podcast in Norwegian: Kvantespranget – a podcast where experts and other enthusiasts share thoughts and opinions on our quantum future. A version in English, the Quantum Leap, is to follow.

The OsloMet quantum hub is a proud contributor when it comes to quantum technology. Sølve Selstø from the hub has already been interviewed by Ina – not just about the 2nd quantum revolution but also the 1st.

Tune in here:

Family day, April 21st

Sunday April 21st employees at the Oslo Metropolitan University had a very nice opportunity to give the rest of their families an impression of what goes on at their workplace. A lot of people, both young and old, found their way to Pilestredet 35 (P35), where they got served muffins, buns, chocolate milk, coffee and 3D printed pancakes. They also got to play with lots of fun and advanced toys. Among the activities where

  • playing Beat Saber with VR goggles,
  • creating funky beats and loops – and have small robots play them,
  • constructing and shipping off small, rubber band driven boats,
  • climbing the high wall in P35,
  • making customized stickers and buttons.

And, last but not least, the visitors got to play Quantum Moves and program our first quantum computer Hugin – under the attentive guidance of our own Quantum Hub and ACIT master student Suleman Hersi.

Chances are that our familiy members are left with the impression that we who work at OsloMet are actually payed play all day. On a good day, that impression isn’t all wrong, I guess.

Again, we thank the Makerspace for putting together a wonderful event.

Read more about it here:

Commuting in a noncommutative space

Bridging quantum theory and gravitation is a great and mind-thrilling challenge. Non-commutative geometry is considered to be a candidate for such a bridge. This mathematical concept integrates quantum principles like the non-commutativity of operators into the fabric of spacetime.

We gained insights into this fascinating topic last Friday, April 12, from a talk by our guest speaker, Anna Pachol, an associate professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Anna provided an introductory overview of the field, which holds the potential to uncover the Holy Grail: a theory of quantum gravitation.

Although Anna resides in Oslo, she commutes to Kongsberg where the USN campus is located. If spacetime does indeed prove to be non-commutative (pending experimental verification or refutation), the title of this post will make perfect sense.

Quantum Adjustments

Until recently we were not aware about ongoing quantum initiatives at the Norwegian Metrology Service (Justervesenet – JV). But then we got a pleasent e-mail from Susmit Kumar from JV’s Electricity group informing us about their mandate regarding accurate SI values of voltage, resistance, and current.

During a very pleasent day-long meetup Thursday 11th of April, we got to learn about their plans and ongoing work. And they learned about the scope of our hub, which includes precisely this kind of activity.

Right side: Susmit Kumar, Pascal Sado, Lars Kristian Skaar and Bjørnar Karlsen from the Norwegian Metrology Service. Our own Maryam Lotfigolian and Aleksandar Davidov, left side, gave a very interesting presentation on their work on routing optimization using quantum annealing for Ruter.

In particular, we were quite impressed by their work on Josephson junctions. If there were any doubt about the relevance of quantum technology when it comes to high precision metrology at JV, these doubts certainly evaporated during these hours together. And their ambitious plans for further quantum research would only seem natural.

We are looking forward to collaborations – both in research and education.

Yet another flight with Bendiksen Airways

It was a pleasure for us to welcome podcast host Alexander Bendiksen at our hub once again. Clearly, some of our quantum fascination has rubbed off on him!

Please tune in to his new podcast episode here (in Norwegian):

And do check out the other interesting episodes as well! About half of them are dedicated to training and football, while the rest is about everything else. Perhaps philosophy is the closest you get to a common denominator here?

Several people have been given the chance to share their thoughs through Alexander’s microphone, including bishop Kari Mangrud Alvsvåg, biologist Dag O. Hessen, bicyclist Mads Kaggestad, expert on international law Cecilie Hellestveit and our own expert on transhumanism Anders Braarud Hanssen.