Ronald de Wolf receives ERC Consolidator Grant for quantum research

Ronald de Wolf of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has received a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for quantum computing research. De Wolf was awarded the individual grant of approximately €1.5 million for his research project 'Progress in quantum computing: Algorithms, communication and applications'.

The European Research Council (ERC), the EU's funding program for fundamental research, awards the Consolidator Grants to support talented researchers in expanding their independent research program over a five-year period.

In the coming years, De Wolf will investigate new applications of quantum computers. These computers, who are fundamentally faster than regular computers by exploiting quantum mechanical effects, are expected to be available within 10-15 years. As a result of their specific structure, it is very hard to determine the type of computations for which quantum computers are much better than classical computers.

In his research, De Wolf aims to find and expand the boundaries of quantum algorithms and communication protocols, and as a result learn more about possible applications of quantum computers. Examples include algorithms for multi-core quantum computers and the use of quantum entanglement in communication. He will also apply new and existing quantum techniques to shed new light on classical problems in mathematics and computer science.

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