With traditional computers gradually approaching their limits, the quantum computer promises to deliver a new level of computational power. As an active user of advanced computing solutions, Airbus is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in the computing world exploring how quantum computing could solve key questions for the aerospace industry, and forever alter how aircraft are built and flown.
Airbus is taking a step forward by launching a global competition in quantum computing, challenging experts and enthusiasts in the field to join forces with the company for a Quantum Era in aerospace.
The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) addresses aerospace flight physics problems developed by company experts. Airbus is providing the quantum computing community with a unique opportunity to test and assess the newly-available computing capabilities to solve some of our most difficult and complex problems, and in doing so, further legitimize and fuel progress of this technology.
The challenge puts forward five distinct flight physics problems with varying degrees of complexity, ranging from a simple mathematical question to a global flight physics problem.
Through the Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge, the company aims to develop strong ties within the quantum community and encourage support in answering key questions facing the aerospace industry.
The challenge launched beginning of 2019 and runs throughout the whole year. It is open to the whole scientific community of experts, researchers, start-ups, academics and will lay the ground for the ultimate shift to a Quantum era in aerospace.
Who can enter / participate
The challenge is open to Quantum Computing experts and enthusiasts (post-graduate students, PhDs, academics, researchers, start-ups, or professionals in the field), and you can participate either as an individual or as a team. To access the technical details of the problem statements please register here.
Why should I get involved
Winners will be offered unique opportunities for hardware access (scheduled for 2020 and after), and to work collaboratively with our industry experts from the flight physics sector.
And throughout the competition we’ll be interacting with the QC Community, answering questions and clarifying the problem.
The exact nature of the prize for each of the five problem statements may vary.
The potential benefits gained as an outcome if your solution is selected through participating in the AQCC include access to Airbus and industry experts for the evolution of the proposals, or alternative forms of support to develop the proposals further.
What should I submit
The submission period ends on 31 October 2019 at 11:59 (GMT). The assessment period will last until end of January 2020, following which participants will be informed about the results within the first quarter of 2020.
Each Participant or Team will be required to upload their submission in accordance with the requirements which will be provided in the form of a ‘Submission Guidelines’ document that will be published in June 2019. Register or subscribe to news and updates and we will inform you once the submission platform and guidelines are live.
In the meantime, see the five steps to follow to help prepare for your final submission:
1. Register for the Quantum Computing Challenge online
2. Select the Problem Statement(s) you wish to address and download the technical document(s)
3. Review the KPIs for the Problem Statement(s) within the technical document(s)
4. Your final submission should include: an introduction, an explanation of your solution and conclusions (full details to be provided in the Submission Guidelines)
5. Submit your final submission before 11:59 (GMT) on Thursday 31st October 2019
Who owns the idea
Participants are welcome to publish their solutions in scientific journals or on online platforms. However, the Challenge organizers ask that those publications be made after the submission period concludes (starting November 2019).
The intellectual property of the submission remains with the individual or team who submits the solution. Specific conditions related to the use of the entry are detailed in the Terms and Conditions available here. Participation in the AQCC is subject to the acceptance of and adherence to these terms and conditions.