The Quantum Computing Research Group (QCRG) is a multi-disciplinary research effort into the theory and the practical development of quantum computers and their innovative technological applications.

Quantum computers are machines that explicitly use quantum physical phenomenon to produce computational speed ups beyond the capabilities of traditional computers.

Current state-of-the-art quantum computers have been shown to perform 100,000,000 times faster than traditional computers. Theoretically, universal quantum computers would possess the computational power to break public key encryption systems, a feat beyond the capabilities of even the fastest traditional super computers in existence.

Technologies derived from applications of quantum computing include communication protocols which offer secure communication, efficient big data analytics, enhanced imaging, machine learning and artificial intelligence, materials science, and efficient energy harvesting. Members of the QCRG are involved in both theoretical and applied research in these areas.

The QCRG looks to actively engage with academia and the industry to establish an internationally recognized research effort in the UAE in the area of quantum computing and its innovative applications.

Industrial entities and student interested in exploring collaboration in the areas of quantum computing and its application are welcome to contact Faisal.Khan@ku.ac.ae


The team are currently working on the following projects:

FinTech and Quantum Computing: Financial Portfolio Optimization on the D-wave 2000Q Quantum Computer

The Quantum Computing Research Group programmed the world’s first commercially available quantum computer, the D-wave 2000Q, through a research collaboration with D-wave Systems and the Quantum Computing Institute at Oak Ridge National Lab, USA. The project optimized financial portfolio for data collected from Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Code for programming the quantum computer can be found at https://code.ornl.gov/qci/markowitz.

Results of the project appear in the proceedings of, the IEEE conference on Extreme High Performance Computing: http://www.ieee-hpec.org/copy/agendatext.html.

We will provide updates as the project develops further.

An article about this project can be found on the University News

Website: https://news.masdar.ac.ae/explore-news/stories-by-type/innovation/item/10013-financial-portfolio-optimization-problem-solved-in-less-than-one-second-with-quantum-computing.html

Towards A Quantum Safe Security Infrastructure (in the UAE)

Governments worldwide are beginning to recognize that security infrastructures must be made quantum safe by 2020. A central component in the construction of quantum safe solutions is the technology of quantum key distribution (QKD).

Whilst QKD is a commercially available technology that can protect single communication links, from which network solutions can be developed, there remains much work to be done to fully exploit and develop the potential of this relatively new security technique. The aims of this project are threefold:

  1. To experimentally demonstrate the viability of the new QKD network solutions developed at Khalifa University and to investigate alternative QKD protocol implementations;
  2. To develop and experimentally demonstrate the utility of QKD in existing commercial security applications, particularly with regard to multi-party security applications such as secret sharing and key escrow;
  3. To investigate how QKD would be implemented in a quantum safe infrastructure, particularly in the UAE, and how this would impact the implementation of technical security policies