Labs in Berlin and London open for software defined quantum sensors

Labs in Berlin and London open for software defined quantum sensors

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By Nick Flaherty

Australian startup Q-CTRL has opened research labs in Germany and the UK for software defined sensors and quantum control infrastructure software.

The company aims to tap into the European skills base in quantum technologies and strengthen strategic relationships in the defence applications of quantum sensing. The labs also allow Q-CTRL to join the growing community of startups in the European Quantum Industry. 

Q-CTRL’s European offices will focus on research, strategic technology development, and technical product development.

Q-CTRL’s Berlin office will be part of EU-centric R&D activities drawing from Germany’s strong research base and local talent. It will take advantage of one of the strongest tech and creative industries in Europe with close proximity to an emerging set of companies using quantum computing to solve new challenges.

The Berlin office will be led by Dr Andre Carvalho, Q-CTRL’s Head of Quantum Control Solutions. Carvalho is building a solutions team attracting experts in quantum control, quantum information, and quantum hardware. The team will engage local customers to ensure technical success, lead original research, and establish new business with European partners.

The expansion into the UK builds on the AUKUS trilateral security partnership between Australia, the UK, and the US. Q-CTRL is developing a new class of “software-defined” quantum sensors enabling navigation without GPS that aligns with these objectives.

Q-CTRL has already established a commercial relationship with the UKRI’s National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC), and will work to expand its support for the local finance sector as it begins adopting quantum computing. In addition, Q-CTRL will partner with defence and civilian end users of its advanced quantum sensors to advance applications in resources, navigation, and climate monitoring.

“The team at Q-CTRL is proud of the long-standing commercial and research partnerships it has built with European Universities and Industry – from Chalmers and Liverpool to Alice&Bob, Pasqal and the UKRI,” said Q-CTRL Founder and CEO Prof. Michael J. Biercuk.

“We’re now excited to be establishing a vibrant physical presence across key European markets as we work to make quantum technology useful through our unique solutions. It’s very exciting to be able to engage more directly with key customers and contribute meaningfully to the exceptional local research community.”

Q-CTRL currently employs more than 90 staff across its Product, Research, Engineering, and Operations Divisions, and the company is actively recruiting multiple roles in the new European offices. It has been an inaugural member of the IBM Quantum Startup network since 2018, and recently announced partnerships with end-users Xerox PARC, Capgemini, and Transport for NSW.

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