gluoNNet joins CERN openlab — working together on quantum algorithms for science and society
Geneva, Switzerland, June 19, 2020. By Kristiane Novotny and Patrick Seal.
gluoNNet is pleased to announce a joint collaboration with CERN openlab and the Middle East Technical University’s Application and Research Center for Space and Accelerator Technologies (METU IVMER). This collaboration explores the application of quantum computing algorithms to particle track reconstruction, as well as to industrial applications, such as the analysis of aviation data.
“We are delighted to collaborate with CERN openlab, CERN’s platform for public-private partnership, and METU to develop algorithms for particle tracking inside and outside of physics, exploring the potential of quantum computing. At gluoNNet, we are particularly interested in exploring how such algorithms can be applied to aviation. There is a huge amount of data expected during the next years in aviation, and there is great potential for applying the algorithms that are used by physicists to analyse some of the world’s largest data sets,” says Daniel Dobos, ATLAS experiment physicist and gluoNNet co-founder.
“We are very pleased to be working with gluoNNet and METU on these challenges,” says Alberto Di Meglio, head of CERN openlab. “Building on their connections and expertise, we aim to explore fully the potential of new quantum algorithms — firstly for particle physics, but also beyond.”
Algorithms for particle tracking are applicable to many cases in other parts of society, e.g. in the aviation industry, with the aim of improving in-flight safety and reducing the carbon footprint. Using a new combination of graph neural networks and quantum computing, gluoNNet aims to provide relevant timely advice for smart and impactful decisions in next-generation aviation.
First results of this collaboration have been already presented at last year’s 24th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP) and HEPTECH AIME19 AI & ML conferences, as well at this year’s CERN openlab technical workshop and Princeton’ Connecting The Dots 2020 workshop by Kristiane Novotny and Cenk Tüysüz.
Since gluoNNet’s creation in 2018, its core mission is to provide transparent and evidence-based analyses by using cutting-edge technology developed at CERN and beyond, to target NGOs and commercial industries.