Quantum Computer debuts in Norway for the first time

As Quantum computing rapidly exceeds the boundaries of traditional computing, Norway has now entered the so-called “quantum era.” On November 18, 2021, it launched its first of two machines for research and education at one of the largest urban universities in Norway, OsloMet & SimulaMet AI Lab.

OsloMet is a large urban university with a broad academic profile and a strong international focus. It aims to provide answers to society and the labour market through research and education. OsloMet is a progressive institution that is devoted to implementing new technologies and creative ways to improve the university’s recognition.

OsloMet seeks to become the leading supplier of research-based knowledge on the welfare state, both in Norway and internationally. The laboratory promotes artificial intelligence research and student projects, both applied and basic research, covering theory and the application of machine learning in several fields.

The Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Trustworthy AI Research (NordSTAR), one of five OsloMet research groups, was recently awarded the Centre of Research Excellence status. The new centre’s mission is to develop a new tradition in artificial intelligence research that is both sustainable and trustworthy (AI). NordSTAR’s focus on Quantum AI led to the purchase of the country’s first quantum computer.

The Quantum AI project is focused on the idea to close the gap between an increasing number of theoretical recommendations for Quantum AI design and application and the current lack of actual measurable results. Sergiy Denysov of the OsloMet AI Lab leads this study field.

Quantum computing, even in its early stages, has proven a promising alternative to the traditional way of computing algorithms, with its capability to solve complex problems much faster. The lab, which is hosted by the Department of Computer Science, and is located in Pilestredet 52, Oslowith, is now push-button ready with its first Quantum Computer to use as testbeds for their experiments, despite only having a few q-bits.