Quantum & Computer Engineering
The department of Quantum and Computer Engineering (QCE) is one of the six departments in the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) at Delft University of Technology. The QCE department research focuses on Computer and Network Architectures, with the ambition to keep its role as one of the top European research groups and to become one of the top research groups worldwide.
The research on Computer Architectures targets the invention, design, prototyping and demonstration of disruptive computing accelerators/engines by making use of unique features of emerging devices (quantum bits, memristors, spintronics, graphene, etc.), while mainly targeting energy-constrained low-granularity computing for a wide range of edge applications, including AI, such as personalized healthcare, smart environments and drones. QCE research adapts a holistic approach in which it addresses the whole computing engine design stack (i.e., technology, circuit design, architectures, compilers, algorithms and applications) in order to maximize the computing efficiency, the main focus is on the middle layers (circuit design, architectures and compilers). This research goes hand in hand with the research on the dependability aspects of such designs such as testability and design-for-testability, reliability, security, etc. QCE has two research sections performing research on Computer Architectures:
- Computer Engineering (CE) focusing on architectures related to neuromorphic computing, approximate computing, computation-in-memory, spin-wave computing, new hardware architectures for Artificial intelligence, big-data architectures, hardware dependability.
- Quantum Circuits, Architectures and Technology (QCAT) focusing on quantum computing, including the development of materials and integration techniques for quantum and classical components, the design of the electrical interfaces for quantum bits using Cryo-CMOS circuits/systems, and quantum architectures; it operates in close collaboration with QuTech.
The research on network architectures targets the design, the management, and the control of resilient and secure Complex Interdependent Critical Infrastructures (such as telecom, 5G, power grid, transportation, water, gas, banking, etc.) by exploiting Network Science and Artificial Intelligence. In QCE, ‘’Network Architectures and Services NAS” conducts research in the broad area of complex networks, ranging from man-made infrastructures such as data communications and energy networks, to biological, brain, social and financial networks.
17 March 2022
An ERC for a 3D vision on the universe’s structure
Akira Endo has received an ERC Consolidator grant for his TIFUUN project, which will create 3D maps of vast volumes of the universe. These will cover both distant places and times – more than 10 billion years to be exact! The better imagery that Akira Endo will generate could revolutionize our insights into the history of galaxies, and the formation and evolution of the so-called ‘cosmic web’.
18 November 2021
The Best Tech Idea of 2021: processor and memory in one
Said Hamdioui's 'computation-in-memory' is the Best Tech Idea of 2021 according to the jury of KIJK magazine. The jury praised Said's computer architecture for making numerous new innovations possible: "the Internet of Things requires large amounts of computers that all must be very energy-efficient. Memristors can be the basis for this and that makes this idea, however young, very important."
22 April 2021
European grant for TU Delft research into virus spread
The European Union has awarded TU Delft researcher Piet Van Mieghem an ERC Advanced Grant.