EPSRC funds EPIQC ambition for quantum computing

Glasgow University researchers are leading EPIQC, an EPSRC-funded project that aims to take quantum computing from the lab to real-world applications.

dr. Hadi Heidari (left) and Professor Martin Weides (right) of Glasgow University’s James Watt School of Engineering work on some of their quantum computing equipment (Image: Glasgow University)

In the four-year EPIQC (Empowering Practical Interfacing of Quantum Computing) project, quantum computing and ICT researchers in the UK will collaborate on new ways to fulfill the project’s ambition.

Unlike conventional digital computers, which encode information in the form of binary bits, quantum computers use the phenomenon of superimposition and entanglement to encode information, which has the potential for much more sophisticated computing.


According to Glasgow University, there is no overarching infrastructure to enable widespread interaction with quantum computers through information and communication technologies, as with digital computers. Without an established IT infrastructure, quantum computing cannot extend to the devices, networks and components common in today’s digital world.

EPIQC brings researchers together work at the intersection of quantum computing and ICT through co-creation and network activities. The employees will focus on three key areas, namely optical connections, wireless control and readout, and cryoelectronics.

In a statement, EPIQC leader Professor Martin Weides of Glasgow University’s James Watt School of Engineering said: “We are delighted that EPSRC has chosen to lend their support to this project, which will see many of the leading quantum technology and ICT researchers and industry partners from across the UK.

“Together, we have the expertise and access to facilities to tackle tough challenges. We expect to develop a robust network of collaboration and co-creation that will deliver some exciting results and help further develop the roadmap to realize the potential of quantum computing interfaces.”

EPIQC would build on existing quantum research and development at Glasgow University, including leading-edge QuantIC, the UK’s Quantum Technology Hub in Imaging, launched in 2014 as part of the £1 billion UK National Technologies Programme.

dr. Hadi Heidari of the James Watt School of Engineering and co-lead of EPIQC said: “We are pleased to have some of the world’s leading quantum computing and ICT experts from academia on board from the outset to help us make progress in quantum computing.

“It is a fast-growing field with the potential for truly transformative change, and we are excited to play a leading role in supporting the UK as a center for quantum computing excellence.”

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