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Thursday 7th August 2014


We are currently entering a new technological era in which we are able to build systems whose performance is limited by quantum physical effects and in which it may be possible to exploit non-classical phenomena in novel ways. This is reflected in the considerable recent interest in engineering quantum systems and at the heart of this is the development of a quantum control theory dedicated to extending classical control to the quantum domain. Examples already utilising control of one sort or another include quantum electromechanical systems, quantum dots, cooper-pair boxes, superconducting interference devices, ion traps, as well as a large selection of optical devices.

Aims and Objectives

This Open for Business half day event was part of an Isaac Newton Institute research programme which brought together leading expertise in the multiple disciplines involved in quantum control engineering. It gave an overview of the mathematical and theoretical framework currently being developed in quantum control as an underpinning discipline of quantum technology.

The workshop sought to identify the core mathematical issues and challenges ahead and showcase several recent applications of control theory to quantum systems. A key aim was to highlight applications of this area of mathematics, as well as impacts on other potential end user applications. It was of interest to individuals from a number of industrial areas where quantum technology is emerging such as:

  • Microchips and Computing
  • Encryption and Cyber-Security
  • Communications
  • High-Precision Sensing
  • Space and Aerospace
  • Defence and Security

The afternoon included a number of talks on challenges and issues from an industrial perspective - with speakers representing a number of areas including defence and engineering.