IBM partners Witwatersrand University in South Africa to expand its Quantum computing program. This partnership serves as an academic gateway for IBM Q Network across South Africa and 15 universities that are part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).
Scholars from 16 ARUA universities can apply for access to IBM Q’s most-advanced quantum computing systems. The universities include: Obafemi Awolowo University lle-Ife; University of Rwanda; University Cheikh Anta Diop; Addis Ababa University; University of Ghana; University of Nairobi; University of Lagos; University of Ibadan; University of Cape Town; University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; University of Pretoria; Rhodes University; University of Stellenbosch; University of the Witwatersrand; University of Dar es Salaam and Makerere University.
The scholars are required to submit quality research proposals to a scientific committee of Wits and IBM experts for approval. The research program will cover research in Quantum computing, artificial intelligence, laser technology, quantum optics, and molecular design.
In 2016, IBM opened its second lab in Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg. Wits will help expand IBM Q Network and drive innovation in modern technology that would expose African-based researchers, academics, and students to Quantum computing.
The IBM Q Network is a community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and research labs working to advance quantum computing and discover practical applications for business and science.
Quantum Computing is used to solve certain problems, such as chemical stimulations and optimizations, beyond the practical reach of classical machines. The first IBM Quantum computer was launched in May 2016 through IBM Q Experience cloud service.
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