Transport for New South Wales and Q-CTRL, a quantum computing company, has teamed up to discuss the improvement in the transport system of the state government.
Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Roads, said the collaboration could show the “world’s smartest computer” used to solve complicated transportation challenges in Sydney. One of which is the schedule changes in real-time while the network is congested.
“This is a rare opportunity for some of our leading transport innovators and quantum computing experts to come together to tackle complex transport network management and congestion problems,” he said.
Future uses of the technology may be able to monitor all modes of transportation and crowd movements in real-time. It can also instantly update the transport schedule to resolve any disruption problem.
“We could see all trains, busses, ferries, trams, and motorways essentially ‘talking to each other’ to find out where customers are and deploy resources where needed. It could be used for massive public events, like New Year’s Eve,” he added.
Last month, the roadmap of NSW’s future transport technology was unveiled. Professor Michael Biercuk, Founder of Q-CTRL, said the project would entail creating a “world-first prototype of a product [called] Fire Opal.”
He said that it would “take all of the capabilities that we have developed and validated on real world-leading quantum computers, and deploy this to give completely new tools to data scientists and analysts at TfNSW”.
“As the industry evolves, and as we cross the threshold of quantum advantage, we find ourselves in a position where TfNSW is in an enviable position of being quantum ready,” he added.
So right now we’re moving forward with this relationship. We’re very excited to see the way that the government has embraced the role of an enabler of advanced technology.
The Quantum Science group of the University of Sydney established the Q-CTRL as its first spin-off
The latest example of USyd’s role in Australia’s quantum accomplishments comes from Pablo Bonilla Ataides, a science undergraduate. His second-year physics project was accepted into Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) quantum computing program this week.
The AWS Center for Quantum Computing researchers in California, and Yale University’s, and Duke University’s quantum technology programs in the U.S., are interested in Bonilla’s work of modifying code to double the ability to fix errors in quantum machines.
As AWS advances quantum hardware, the findings of Bonilla’s research will be incorporated into its arsenal of error-correcting techniques.