Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet are seen as possible game changers in information technology, enabling a new category of applications which are currently not feasible on conventional computing platforms. There are various application domains that could benefit from this new technology, such as quantum chemistry, where new molecules are synthesized, which could lead to new materials or personalized medical treatments. Quantum Internet could provide virtually unbreakable communication mechanisms and thus create the basis for a truly secure Internet.
The QE department is focusing on the engineering challenges involved in scaling up these quantum technologies so they can be used for real-world problems. In this respect, QE performs research on quantum system architecture, CryoCMOS, 3D interconnects, and quantum information theory.
The QE department is closely connected to the QuTech research labs. The entire scope of research activities, going beyond quantum, is related to several other EEMCS themes such as: Computational Science & Engineering where QE contributes to the future computing topic with its memristor-based computing and reliable computing using unreliable device research, Data Science where QE contributes primarily to the health and computational genomics topics with the big data architectures research line, and Safety & Security where QE focuses on hardware-based security mechanisms and fully adaptive processor architectures.