The program will leverage Quantum Computing Inc’s (QCI) Qatalyst software that lets users construct and solve optimization problems on both classical and quantum computers. It will consist of tutorial video lectures, three increasingly challenging sample problems that students will be challenged to solve, and on-going webinar meetings to encourage students to continue to sharpen their skills. For the three sample problems, the students will solve the first two using quantum-inspired classical computing based simulation and the third one will require submitting a problem to a quantum computer to compute the solution. Michael Booth, CTO of QCI, will serve as the “Technical Dean” of QUBT U.

QUBT U is just starting and the inaugural class will be members of the Quantum Club of Notre Dame University and perhaps a few other university groups. Since this program will involve hands-on involvement with the staff at QCI, there will be limits to the numbers registered in each class. Applicants to this program must already possess some familiarity in areas including operations research type computations, knowledge of physics, math, and/or quantum mechanics, and programming in Python.

Optimization problems represent an important class of problems where a quantum computer can provide significant benefit. Although not all potential applications of quantum computing can be classified as optimizations, there are a great many commercially relevant problems where a great optimization solution can significantly impact an enterprise’s profitability. By teaching college students how to apply these optimization techniques to solve these such problems it will put them in a great position once they graduate to make early and meaningful contributions to their future employers.

Additional information about QUBT University is available in a news release on the QCI website here as well as a web page that describes the program along with a link to apply to participate in the program here.

August 6, 2021