Boston based neutral atom quantum processor company QuEra will be partnering with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Sejong City to build infrastructure and R&D capabilities for the quantum computing industry in Sejong City. The activity will include developing educational programs, cooperating on international academic exchanges, conducting joint efforts to secure government public procurement projects, and raising awareness to the community of quantum technology. Additional information is available in a news release that QuEra has been posted on their website here.

There have been several other announcements of cooperation between Western and Korean organizations within the past year. In June, IonQ and South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support a program targeted at masters and doctorate students, postdoctoral researchers, and quantum industry professionals in South Korea. Also in June, Quantum Machines signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Korea Quantum Computing Industry Leaders’ Alliance (QCILA), and Orientom. In April, the U.S. and South Korea signed a Statement of Cooperation on Quantum Technology. In January, Xanadu announced it will be partnering with the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, and last November IBM announced it will be installing an IBM quantum processor at Yonsei University in Seoul.

September 15, 2023