ColdQuanta-Swinburne centre to turbocharge quantum tech
(Left to right) Grant Dooley, Professor Pascale Quester, The Hon John Brumby AO, Dr Werner van der Merwe and Professor Chris Vale at the launch of the ColdQuanta-Swinburne Quantum Technology Centre.
- Breakthrough Victoria will invest A$29 million in US-based global quantum leader ColdQuanta to create the ColdQuanta–Swinburne Quantum Technology Centre.
- The Centre will build on Swinburne’s world leading strengths in cold-atom science to boost advanced manufacturing capability, drive workforce development and support breakthroughs with commercial potential.
- Quantum technology uses the subatomic building blocks of nature to perform more efficient computer calculations, with important implications for health, transport, the environment, defence and more.
A $29 million investment from Breakthrough Victoria will help establish an Asia-Pacific quantum computing and technology facility at Swinburne University of Technology, in partnership with global quantum ecosystem leader ColdQuanta.
The ColdQuanta–Swinburne Quantum Technology Centre will support quantum breakthroughs with commercial potential and expand the state’s quantum capability to create new industries and jobs to make Victoria a global player at the forefront of this critical technology.
This era defining deep tech could revolutionise the way we live, work and travel - from emissions reductions and earth monitoring systems, pharmaceutical drug development, optimising flight routes and strengthening cybersecurity systems.
“Swinburne’s world-leading strengths in cold-atom science and technology make us a natural partner with ColdQuanta as we work together to grow the quantum industry in Victoria,” said Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pascale Quester.
“By using atoms cooled to the lowest known temperatures in the universe, we are opening the pathway to a broad suite of quantum technologies that can potentially revolutionise the world as we know it.
“Working at the intersection of industry, research and investment, we are delighted to be helping upskill and reskill the next generation workforce required to power this revolution and bring people and technology together to build a better world.”
A revolution in technology
Quantum technology uses the subatomic building blocks of nature to perform more efficient computer calculations, improve navigation and timing systems, provide more secure communications, and deliver more accurate healthcare imaging through quantum sensing. However, these quantum breakthroughs require long-term investment and a skilled talent pool.
Building on shared expertise in cold atom science, ColdQuanta will partner with Swinburne University of Technology to bring world-class quantum capabilities to Victoria, connect the research community with industry and create opportunities for local job development and economic growth.
It will provide a gateway to the broader quantum community across other universities and strengthen Australia’s sovereign capability in quantum technology.
“Quantum technology has the potential to transform many sectors, including the pharmaceutical, energy, finance, transport and communications industries,” Breakthrough Victoria CEO Grant Dooley said. “Breakthrough Victoria’s investment will accelerate R&D and commercialisation in quantum technology, attracting greater investment into Victoria.
“The investment will create jobs and develop world class skills development in quantum technology, while producing long-term, sustainable returns for Victoria.”
Powering the next generation of quantum
The investment will fund:
- ColdQuanta–Swinburne Quantum Technology Centre with world-class quantum capability;
- Quantum Workforce Development Initiative to establish a world-leading education and training centre to prepare the future quantum workforce and address the global skills deficiency;
- Advanced manufacturing capability with the potential local production of glass cells used in the cold atom method supporting the miniaturisation of quantum technology; and
- Advanced manufacturing capability expansion in photonics development and miniaturisation.
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, estimated Australia’s quantum technology industry has the potential to support 19,000 new jobs and generate $6 billion annual revenue by 2045.
One of the major challenges facing the quantum technology sector is the lack of a qualified workforce. ColdQuanta will work with Swinburne University of Technology to develop new programs to educate and train the next generation of workers to advance quantum information science, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and related fields.
“Victoria’s investment in quantum will drive economic growth and ultimately a competitive advantage for Australia,” said ColdQuanta CEO Scott Faris.
“Building this Centre will attract new opportunities to Victoria and bring the expertise needed to leverage quantum technology to its fullest extent. ColdQuanta is excited to be part of building quantum capabilities in, with and for Australia.
“This partnership is an important milestone for ColdQuanta as it further expands our global presence and recognises the technical leadership of our hardware and software products.”
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