National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) to invest S$25 million in QEP over five years to build a competitive quantum engineering research community in Singapore with experience to translate quantum technologies into real world applications.
The National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) has launched a Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) to translate quantum science and technologies into engineering devices and capabilities that meet industry needs.
QEP will build up engineering capabilities in three research themes, namely, quantum secure communication, quantum devices, and quantum networks. The research themes will leverage Singapore’s expertise in quantum technologies and our engineering capabilities in communication, imaging, system design and device fabrication, to create commercialisation opportunities.
Mr George Loh, Director (Programmes) at NRF, said: “The Quantum Engineering Programme builds on the momentum of our past investments in quantum science to now realise quantum devices and applications for commercialisation. The programme will connect Singapore researchers in quantum information, photonics devices, system engineering together with industry partners from the onset of the translation and development process to advance quantum technologies. Through this, we also build up a strong base of engineering talent who can tackle the technologically challenging aspects of fabricating quantum devices.”
Professor John Thong, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Engineering, and Dr Kwek Leong Chuan, who is from the Centre for Quantum Technologies at NUS and the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, will lead the programme as co-Directors. A QEP programme office will be set up and hosted in NUS.
This summary is adapted from a press release issued by NRF. Download the full release [PDF] here.
Image: Co-Directors Dr Kwek Leong Chuan (left) and Professor John Thong (right).