IBM in partnership with the UK government has launched a new 210-million-pound AI and quantum computing centre in North West England with the hopes that this investment will cement the UK’s global status as a science superpower.
- The new centre is launched with IBM in order to pave the way for the UK as a science superpower.
- This investment over the next 5 years is going to give both public and private sectors access to cutting edge quantum technology to boost their innovations.
- The new centre is going to aid in the creation of 60 new jobs in the Liverpool City Region.
The Hartree National Center for Digital innovation (HNCDI) which is based at the (STFC) Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Daresbury laboratory located in the Liverpool City Region is going to create jobs for an additional 60 new scientists and will give students to gain and invaluable practical experience.
The new centre which is a partnership between IBM and STFC is going to bring cutting-edge experience and expertise in AI and quantum computing to boost the application of these breakthrough technologies in industry and in the public sector.
One of the possible applications of quantum computing may be the optimization of complex logistics, namely picking and packing orders in enormous warehouses for supermarkets, other applications may be energy distribution, traffic routing, improving the design, and overall improvement of the manufacturing process in the automotive industry.
The main investment is going to be covered by the UK government with over 172 million pounds over 5 years through its UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and IBM is going to invest an additional 38 million. This year the UK’s government will start by investing 28 million, and in future years the investments should go up.
The HNCDI plan is to make advanced technology like quantum computing and AI more accessible to the private and public sectors in the UK. This investment is also going to break down the barriers to using these technologies. After acquiring the equipment and infrastructure the team of HNCDI experts is also going to provide training and support making sure the UK is at the top science power in terms of quantum computing.
Some of the technologies that have transformed our lives for the better, namely the main building blocks of modern computers, mobile technology, the laser, MRI scanners are all products of quantum science. Quantum science is complex and involves harnessing the ways that matter and light behave on atomic or subatomic levels.
The new generation of quantum computers will exploit the breakthroughs that we made in a way that we will be able to precisely manipulate these special properties. Namely to engineer some quantum devices like computers and sensors with enhanced power and functionality.
The centre will work across many different sectors including life sciences, materials, manufacturing, and environment. This work will also include collaborations with academic and industrial research communities, including startups, small to medium enterprises (SME), the public sector, and the government.
About the HNCDI
The HNCDI goals are:
- To make ideas into practical solutions that would make a benefit for the UK and its industry
- To find the right technologies needed in order for business more competitive
- To provide training and sharing knowledge to staff, to take the full advantages of the new digital technologies
- To support the industry investment into new emerging technologies and make the businesses more resilient
About the STFC Hartree center
The STFC Hartree center’s goal is to transform the UK industry with the aid of quantum computing, AI technologies, and data analysis. As a part of the UK’s Research and Innovation, the Hartree Center is the home of one of the most advanced technologies in the UK, namely quantum computing, AI, and data technologies.
From early-stage SME companies to big corporations. The Hartree Center experts are working with the industry and research community, in order to tackle the real-life challenges and boost the implementation of advanced technologies, technologies that will deliver gains in performance, productivity, and time to market.
IBM is the global leader in hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence, and also a business service provider. Helping customers in more than 175 countries across the world to capitalize from their data and streamline business processes and help them gain a competitive edge in their market. Almost 3000 corporate and government entities are relying on IBM’s hybrid cloud, and Red Hat OpenShift for help to aid their digital transformations, efficiently, securely, and quickly. IBM’s innovations in quantum computing, AI, and cloud solutions are offering flexible options to their clients. All this is backed by IBM’s commitment to trust, responsibility, transparency, inclusivity, and service.