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Willie May: NIST, University of Maryland Open Joint Quantum Computing Research Center

Willie May
Willie May

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland have collaborated to build a new center that will preform studies on how to store, process and transmit data using quantum architecture.

The Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science is designed to complement basic quantum research being done at an institute run by NIST, UMD and the National Security Agency, NIST said Oct. 31.

“The new center will be a venue for groundbreaking basic research that will help to build our capacity for quantum research and train the next generation of researchers,” said acting NIST Director Willie May.

NIST says the center will focus on exploring quantum information theories and their potential application in computation and communication systems.

QuICS also seeks to train future industrial and academic scientists and share research findings with industry, according to NIST.

The facility is situated on the UMD campus at College Park and spearheaded by NIST physicist Jacob Taylor and Dianne O’Leary, professor emerita of computer science at UMD.

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