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IIT Bombay Partners with University of Chicago in New Science and Technology

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IIT Bombay partners with University of Chicago in new science and technology
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On September 8, the governments of India and the United States announced that the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) has become an international partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), which has its headquarters at the University of Chicago.

An additional initiative that will foster collaboration in areas including quantum information science, climate and energy, advanced microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and data science is a new scientific and technology relationship between the University of Chicago and IIT Bombay.

At a discussion between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, the quantum announcement was underlined. It restates the objectives of the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), which are to strengthen and broaden our strategic collaboration in technology and the defence industry cooperation between our two governments, companies, and academic institutions.

Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri, the director of IIT Bombay, stated, “With a strong bond between India and US academia emerging, as evidenced by the joint declaration by the top leadership in both countries, it is a great opportunity for IIT Bombay to collaborate with the University of Chicago on some of the most important and developing technologies our nations are facing today.

Our combined strength will contribute to the development of significant, society-beneficial breakthrough ideas.

Key Elements

IIT Bombay has joined CQE as one of just five international academic partners, which is a crucial aspect of the cooperation.

CQE, an academic centre for developing quantum information science and engineering, is based at the University of Chicago and is supported by the Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and the US Department of Energy.

A partnership between the University of Chicago, the University of Tokyo, IBM, and Google to build the first quantum supercomputer was announced at the G7, and a second announcement to speed up quantum research with Tohoku University followed recently in Japan.

One of India’s top centres for quantum research, the Quantum Information Computing Science & Technology (QuICST) Hub, is anchored by IIT Bombay.

Strong international collaborations are crucial for building a strong quantum ecosystem because they offer the knowledge and resources needed to advance ground-breaking innovation.

According to David Awschalom, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and senior scientist at Argonne, “We are very excited to be engaged with IIT Bombay in such a significant way.”

The University of Chicago and IIT Bombay will collaborate and carry out joint research in areas like climate, energy, cutting-edge microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and data science in addition to quantum. There will be a variety of collaborative research projects, conferences, information exchanges, and faculty and scholar visits in these areas.

The University of Chicago’s Delhi Centre, which will mark its 10th anniversary in 2024, will be a resource for these and comparable collaborations for joint conferences and scholars visiting India.

In the areas of science, technology, and engineering, where the US and India are increasingly collaborating on research and development, the University of Chicago wants to strengthen partnerships with its Indian counterparts.

What is in the way?

According to Supratik Guha, faculty director of the UChicago Delhi Centre, professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, senior scientist, and advisor to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate of Argonne National Laboratory, this collaboration with IIT Bombay is a great chance to develop shared scientific knowledge between the United States and India.

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