ANU engineers play key role in new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence

Monday 12 September 2016

Professor Matthew James and Professor Elanor Huntington from the College of Engineering and Computer Science have been appointed investigators in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

ARC Centres of Excellence bring together universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses to support outstanding research in Australia.

The Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology will implement processors that are able to run error-corrected algorithms and transfer information across networks with absolute security.

“The engineering research undertaken at ANU will play an essential role in scaling up the processors from the present fragile experimental devices to robust practical quantum information processing systems” says Professor Matthew James.

The technology developed is expected to provide a strategic advantage in a world where information and security are increasingly important.

In total, the Australian National University (ANU) has been included in eight new ARC Centres of Excellence.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the ARC results demonstrated the depth of research across ANU.

“The fact that we are partners in eight of the nine awarded centres is testament to the breadth and quality of the work being done at ANU, and underlines the University’s role as a resource for the nation,” Professor Schmidt said.

“I congratulate all of the ANU staff involved in the new Centres of Excellence.”

Read more about the University’s role in the eight new ARC Centres for Excellence here

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