Microsoft today announced a long-term agreement with the University of Copenhagen to develop the first scalable Quantum Computer. As the part of the agreement, Microsoft will invest and expand the research in University’s North Campus and will further establish Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen as a global epicenter for quantum mechanics.
Highlights of this agreement:
- Microsoft is establishing state-of-the-art Microsoft research and development laboratories at the University of Copenhagen North campus in close proximity to the Niels Bohr Institute.
- Presently, over a dozen Microsoft employees ranging from engineers to developers are situated at the University of Copenhagen. Over the course of the new long-term agreement, the size of this team will grow, partnered with University personnel in the development of a topological quantum computer.
- In addition to the multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, Microsoft is also committing to significant quantum research funding at the University of Copenhagen.
- The collaboration between the University of Copenhagen and Microsoft will be based at the Centre for Quantum Devices (Qdev) and helmed by Professor Charles Marcus. Charles Marcus is Microsoft’s Scientific Director of Station Q Copenhagen.
- An agreement capturing the elements of the collaboration has been signed covering the license rights to Microsoft and the University of Copenhagen. The agreement reflects the interests of the parties and takes into account applicable legislation and guidelines in this area.
When a company such as Microsoft chooses to situate and invest heavily into a research development center at the University of Copenhagen, it’s because we’ve had a significant focus on building up one of the world’s leading quantum research environments. We’re very proud of this and are confident that it will reinforce a strengthened perception of Denmark as an attractive destination for international investments.
-Thomas Bjørnholm, Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen.
Earlier this year, Microsoft also announced a 5-year agreement with Purdue University to develop a usable quantum computer. Michael Manfra, Purdue University’s Bill and Dee O’Brien Chair is leading the effort at Purdue to build a robust and scalable quantum computer.