Quantum Computing Challenge

Airbus and BMW Group have joined forces to support the launch of the Airbus-BMW Group Quantum Computing Challenge (ABQCC) under the motto “The Quantum Mobility Quest”.

This challenge is the first-of-its-kind, bringing together two global industry leaders to harness quantum technologies for real-world industrial applications, unlocking the potential to forge more efficient, sustainable and safer solutions for the future of transportation.

In 2024, The Quantum Insider will be the host of the challenge and is sponsored by Airbus and BMW Group, with the support of AWS.

Investigating Quantum Computing for Corrosion Inhibition

The mitigation of surface degradation processes is essential in prolonging the lifespan of Airbus and BMW Group products, improving operational efficiency, optimizing maintenance plans, and ultimately reducing costs. The degradation of the surface is initiated when mechanical damage in the coating exposes the underlying layer of aluminium to the surrounding atmosphere. In a smart coating material, an inhibitor is embedded within the coating matrix and, upon the damage, form a protective layer blocking the advancement of the aluminium degradation.

The goal of this challenge is to model the process of adsorption of inhibitors on an aluminium surface and to understand the binding properties using quantum methods.

The Golden App: Pushing the Boundaries of Quantum Tech for Mobility

Typical approaches nudge quantum technology to the most driving challenges, which, however, often are not quantum native! Airbus and BMW Group are both leading companies in the automotive and aerospace sector, respectively, and committed to embracing quantum technology as early adopters as part of their innovation strategies. While quantum computing appears to have gained a foothold in various areas, we ponder whether the “golden app” for mobility remains unveiled.

In this challenge, we invite you to propose novel solutions for both hardware and software where you see a large potential but where the relevance for the mobility sector still needs to be proven.


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