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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Optimal Control of Quantum Systems

It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology – control over aerodynamic processes allows a pilot to land an aircraft, and control over the structure of atomic layers on a silicon wafer underpins semiconductor engineering.

Control is what puts a human into the driver’s seat – we use it to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, maintain the temperature in office buildings, and generally to make things work.

Control also allows us to maximize efficiency and minimize resource consumption: the optimal control theory in physics and engineering is about getting a particular system from one state to another with minimal expenditure of energy and resources.

Quantum Control Engineering: Mathematical Principles and Applications

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Workshop, 21 July - 15 August 2014The aim of this workshop is to bring together experimentalists and theoreticians working in quantum engineering to identify the core mathematical issues and challenges ahead.

  • Quantum filtering and the application to quantum measurement and metrology
  • Quantum open-loop schemes
  • Quantum feedback networks and the design of quantum controllers
  • Quantum statistics and estimation and the connection with filtering and control
  • Quantum information processing and its relevance to quantum control and error correction

Studentships at Cardiff University

Two studentships available at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University, one open to EU students and one to international students.

Apply by June 9 2014 for a full-time Research Scholarship in Computer Science & Informatics and receive a stipend of nearly £14,000 per year plus we will pay your full-time tuition fees.

Spin Dynamics lecture course

Spin Dynamics is a graduate level lecture course aimed at physicists and chemists working professionally in the area of magnetic resonance spectroscopy or using advanced NMR and EPR techniques as a part of their research. The course includes over 50 hours of high-definition video and over 300 pages of handouts. All materials are located at the Southampton group web site.


Fourth QUAINT Workshop: Quantum Cybernetics & Control 2015

The 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.

New FET Proactive Topics Consultation

Consultation for new FET Proactive topics: What topic involving novel collaborations between scientists and engineers has made new technologies possible? Why are these technologies important? What is needed are general ideas that could launch a new research community of scientists and engineers who would work together to reach a common goal. Submit your ideas here.