Quantum computing to boost airport handling

4 July 2024
University of Hamburg and Lufthansa Industry Solutions develop quantum algorithm for airports worldwide for the first time

The Institute for Quantum Physics at the University of Hamburg and Lufthansa Industry Solutions are developing quantum algorithms to optimize operations at airports, a press release said Wednesday (June 26, 2024. The goal is to solve the so-called “airport gate assignment problem” at airports all over the world.

Science and industry co-operating

"This would make us the first in the world who are not using conventional computers for the airport gate assignment problem, but rather quantum computers that should be much more suitable for the job,” said Dieter Jaksch, a quantum physicist at UHH. Quantum computers open up billions of possible solutions at larger airports with many gates and aeroplanes, he added.

Hamburg as a quantum computing centre

The three-year project is being funded by the Quantum Computing Initiative of the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB). The aim is to develop, establish and strengthen Hamburg as a centre of quantum computing. The UHH and the Hamburg University of Technology launched the "Hamburg Quantum Computing School” on July 1, 2024 at the Hamburg Centre for Optical Quantum Technologies (ZOQ) in Bahrenfeld. LHIND is also a founding member of the Hamburg Quantum Innovation Capital which is one of the main, cross-industry contacts and ecosystem builder of quantum technologies.

The technology is becoming increasingly important for Hamburg as a business location. Around 17 million euros are to be channelled into the new EU-funded joint project "Hamburg Quantum Computing". 


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