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Airbus and BMW Group launch Quantum Mobility Quest for African innovators

Airbus and BMW Group launch a global Quantum Computing Challenge entitled “The Quantum Mobility Quest” to address the most important issues in automotive and aviation that traditional computers have been unable to resolve.

The goal of the international project Quantum Mobility Quest is to create quantum computing solutions for the automobile and aviation industries. Students, researchers, and experts in the field of quantum technologies are welcome to enter the competition. They can select from five problem statements pertaining to supply chain management, corrosion inhibition, automated mobility, and aerodynamics design. With assistance from Amazon Web Services, Airbus and BMW Group are sponsoring the competition. Submissions are accepted through April 30, 2024. By the end of 2024, the judges will have chosen the victorious team. This is a fantastic chance to influence the direction of transport in the future and demonstrate the potential of quantum computing for practical industrial applications.

This competition, the first of its kind, unites two major players in the worldwide industry to use quantum technology for practical industrial applications, thereby opening the door to safer, more sustainable, and more effective transportation solutions in the future.

“We have the ideal opportunity to raise awareness about quantum technology and its possible effects on society at this moment. We can advance the technology and close the gap between scientific research and its possible applications by collaborating with a prominent company such as BMW Group. “We are looking for the world’s top students, PhD holders, academics, researchers, start-ups, businesses, or industry professionals to join our challenge to bring about a significant paradigm shift in the design and operation of aircraft,” says Airbus Vice President of Central Research and Technology Isabell Gradert.

Dr. Peter Lehnert, Vice-President, Research Technologies at BMW Group, stated, “We are gearing up for a new wave of innovation, exploring the technology capabilities for sustainability and operational excellence. This builds on the success of previous editions of Quantum Computing Challenges by BMW Group and Airbus. The BMW Group is obviously trying to establish itself as a hub for cutting-edge solutions, the global ecosystem, and quantum technology. By doing this, we hope to create innovative and effective designs, improve the overall user experience in BMW Group Products, and make significant progress in the sustainable materials for batteries and fuel cells.”

How quantum computing can foster innovation and collaboration among African researchers and startups in the field of quantum technologies.

Even the most advanced computers available today cannot do some of the most complex calculations. However, quantum computing has the potential to greatly increase processing capacity. This cutting-edge technology may be especially important in modelling different industrial and operational processes for data-driven industries such as transportation, providing avenues to influence the development of future mobility goods and services.

Prospective challengers are requested to choose one or more of the following issue statements: greater corrosion inhibition with quantum simulation, future automated mobility with quantum machine learning, more sustainable supply chain with quantum optimisation, and improved aerodynamics design with quantum solvers. Besides, applicants may submit their own quantum technologies, which might be used to create native applications in the transportation industry that have not previously been investigated.

The challenge is divided into two phases, with The Quantum Insider (TQI) serving as host. During the first step, participants must provide a theoretical framework for one of the assertions provided. During the second phase, chosen finalists must put their answers into practice and benchmark them. The Amazon Bracket quantum computing service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives candidates the chance to test their methods.

By the end of 2024, one winning team will receive a €30,000 reward in each of the five tasks from a jury made up of top quantum experts from around the world as well as experts from Airbus, BMW Group, and AWS.

Registration opens today, and submissions will be accepted from mid-January through April 30, 2024 here:


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