QUAINT is a pan-European Coordination Action on Optimal Control of Quantum Systems, funded by the European Commission Framework Programme 7, Future Emerging Technologies FET-OPEN programme. It is an EU network of researchers working on topics related to controlling quantum systems with more details avalable in the About section. This website draws together resources on the topic. If you are working in this area or are just interested in the subject, please join us.

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RIVIC: Exploring Big Data Using Visual Computing, 14th Jan 2014 Cardiff

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative research and development thatt addresses the technical challenges and business opportunities presented by the huge growth in data. This competition focuses on innovations in the data exploration techniques of analytics, modelling and visualisation to generate new insight and value from large amounts of complex data.


Studentships at Cardiff University (October 2015 Start)

Applications are invited for a number of PhD Scholarships in Computer Science & Informatics. The successful candidate will be registered for a full-time 3 year PhD in one of the School's research areas. The stipend will cover UK/EU rates. For details please see http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/newsandevents/phdschol_2015.html

Nottingham Quantum Cybernetics and Control workshop

The registration for the Nottingham Quantum Cybernetics and Control workshop is open.
Please see http://qcc2015.weebly..com/registration.html .
Please register as soon as possible, in particular please book your accommodation as soon as possible so you get the discounted rates for the hotel. We are unable to reserve rooms, so rooms are allocated on a first comes - first served base.


Quantum control: A key facilitator for quantum technologies

Quantum control: Definitions and status

It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology: It is used to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, or maintain the temperature in office buildings. Control allows us to maximize efficiency and minimize resource consumption. Originally developed in the 1960s to facilitate engineering work and famously applied to find optimal trajectories to reach the moon by the Apollo missions, optimal control theory has evolved and expanded with the rest of physics – it is presently found in areas as diverse as optical spectroscopy, photochemistry, magnetic resonance and quantum information processing.

Quantum control as an enabler for new Future and Emerging Technology (FET)

It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology: It is used to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, or maintain the temperature in office buildings. Control allows us to maximize efficiency and minimize resource consumption.

PhD studentship in Simulation and Control of Quantum Spin Network Devices

A fully funded PhD studentship at RCUK rates, funded by the Ser Cymru Engineering NRN, for 3 years is available at Cardiff University in the area of Quantum Technologies on modelling, controlling and characterising quantum networks of spins. For details on the project and on how to apply see


Fourth QUAINT Workshop

The fourth QUAINT workshop will cover a broad range of topics in quantum control, from fundamental questions to technological applications. It will consist of a first part focused on information-theoretic aspects of quantum control and complexity, and a second part focused on experimental challenges and nuclear magnetic resonance applications. The workshop will gather experts and early stage researchers, fostering discussions and exchanges. There will be tutorial lectures, invited talks, contributed talks, a poster session, and an industry session.


Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible

Theoretical physicists at Saarland University have developed a method that enables quantum computers to be powered up and running stably in just five minutes – something that took six hours to achieve previously. This huge time reduction has been achieved by making use of mathematical models commonly deployed in engineering science. These findings are of major significance for those conducting experimental work on quantum computers. Up until now, researchers only had a short time window in which to carry out their experiments on a quantum processor before the sensitive settings were lost and hours had to be spent readjusting the system. Now, however, researchers can set up an experiment far more quickly and can experiment for much longer times. This work has been published in the journal Physical Review Letters. In the same issue of PRL, experimental physicists from the University of California in Santa Barbara have published a paper experimentally confirming the method proposed by the Saarbrücken team.

SoapboxScience 2014 Swansea

On the 5th of July 2014, Soapbox Science will join efforts with Swansea University to transform the magnificent expanse of Swansea Bay into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of Wales’ leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. The event’s mission remains the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science.