“IIT Bombay and Chicago Quantum Exchange Forge Pioneering Partnership in Quantum Sciences and Beyond”

IIT Bombay has formed a collaboration with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), headquartered at the University of Chicago. This partnership aims to promote cooperation in various areas, including quantum information science, climate and energy, advanced microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and data science.


IIT Bombay and Chicago Quantum Exchange Forge Pioneering Partnership

The announcement was made during a meeting between the governments of India and the United States, featuring U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in New Delhi. IIT Bombay is now one of only five global academic partners affiliated with CQE. IIT Bombay is renowned for its contributions to quantum research in India through its Quantum Information Computing Science and Technology (QuICST) Hub.

This partnership underscores the shared goals outlined in the U.S.-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), aimed at enhancing and expanding the strategic technology partnership and defense industrial cooperation between the two countries’ governments, businesses, and academic institutions.

CQE, situated at the University of Chicago and anchored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University, serves as an intellectual hub dedicated to advancing quantum information science and engineering.

Importantly, this collaboration follows recent quantum-focused initiatives by the University of Chicago, including partnerships in Japan. One such initiative, announced during the G7 summit, involves collaboration between the University of Chicago, the University of Tokyo, IBM, and Google to develop the world’s first quantum supercomputer. Another partnership with Tohoku University was established to accelerate quantum research.

Within this partnership, IIT Bombay and CQE will engage in joint research activities in areas such as climate, energy, advanced microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and data science. These joint efforts will encompass research projects, conferences, information sharing, and faculty and scholar exchanges. As part of the collaboration, researchers will visit the University of Chicago’s Delhi centre in 2024 to commemorate its 10th anniversary.

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