SAPS-RA-MCS 2021 - Science avec et pour la société – Recherche Action – Médiation et communication scientifiques

Representations and devices to explain quantum computing – QUBOBS

Submission summary

Quantum technologies are developing at breakneck speed, yet understanding how quantum computers actually work remains out of reach beyond a small number of specialists. The very mathematical nature of quantum computing makes it difficult to convey precisely where it gains its advantage over conventional technologies. Metaphors to illustrate quantum superposition abound, but researchers and the popular science media alike are at a loss when it comes to explaining how simple protocols and algorithms work, and what precisely confers them an advantage over classical computing.
The goal of this project is to design and construct playful physical devices that model the basic constructs of quantum computation: qubits, superposition. Using this representation, we will explain precisely how simple quantum protocols and algorithms work. A digital interface will simulate these objects and make it possible to visualize and experiment with quantum circuits and algorithms.
The devices will allow us to deploy various learning opportunities, going from workshops with the general public, internal seminars and team-building activities for large businesses and quantum start-ups, as well as Master’s level courses and academic lectures.

Project coordinator

Madame Sophie Laplante (Institut de Recherche en Informatique Fondamentale)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


IRIF Institut de Recherche en Informatique Fondamentale

Help of the ANR 79,520 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 24 Months

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