IBM Q Hub at Keio
University Gears Up
May 21, 2018
IBM and Keio University detailed the
first clients to join as members of the IBM Q Hub at Keio University.
They include: JSR, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi
Chemical. The first IBM Q Hub in Asia, which officially opened today,
Keio University will work with IBM to help organizations explore quantum
applications important to business and science.
These initial four organizations will join the broader IBM Q Network, a
collaboration of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and
national research labs, and will have access to IBM Q's commercial 20
qubit system via the cloud, followed by a 50-qubit system which will be
made available in the next generation IBM Q systems.
The Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University hosts one of
six global IBM Q Hubs, including IBM Research, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, the University of Oxford, the University of Melbourne, and
North Carolina State University. The IBM Q Network facilitates
cooperation among hubs, strengthens collaborations with IBM scientists
and engineers, and accelerates a global effort specializing in the
development of practical quantum applications.
"The combination of IBM Q's quantum hardware, software, and scientific
expertise with Keio University's 20 years of quantum computing research
is why JSR, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi Chemical
joined our IBM Q Hub. Together, we will explore the ways quantum
computing will meet the future needs of their industries," said Kohei
Itoh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University.
IBM will offer APIs, quantum software tools, libraries and applications
to hub institutions and member companies, as well as IBM technical
expertise on new quantum technology and industrial applications to
advance the expansion of its IBM Q Network of collaborators.
"The next era of computing is quantum -- it will be one of the most
critical technologies for business and science breakthroughs moving
forward," said Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, IBM Q Strategy and
Ecosystem, IBM Research. "We see the establishment of hubs for research
and industry collaboration like at Keio University as essential to the
development of early, practical quantum applications and building the
growing quantum computing community."
"JSR's corporate philosophy is 'Materials Innovation,' and we will make
every effort to broaden the field of chemistry through quantum
computing, exploring the possibilities of new materials development. At
the same time, we will also work together with Keio University and IBM
to help develop much needed world-class quantum research and technical
skills," said, Mitsunobu Koshiba, Representative Director and President,
"Recent progress in quantum computing has been remarkable, and has
tremendous potential for applications in a wide range of financial
business processes, including asset management and risk calculation. We
consider the IBM Q Hub at Keio University a great step toward the
practical use of quantum computers and joint IT," said Hironori Kamezawa,
Senior Managing Corporate Executive Group CIO & Group CDTO, MUFG Bank,
growth of quantum computing promises technological advancements beyond
anything our classical computers could ever achieve. Mizuho will
collaborate with the IBM Q Hub at Keio University, and their wealth of
knowledge and world-leading universal quantum computing technology to
research the potential of advanced financial services," said Junichi
Kato, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
"We decided to join the IBM Q Hub at Keio University because we know it
is important to be 'quantum ready,' now. With the aim of becoming a
truly global company, THE KAITEKI COMPANY's Mitsubishi Chemical will
challenge itself to develop new materials that contribute to a
sustainable society. We also expect the hub to serve as a starting point
in developing the next generation of quantum researchers," said Masayuki
Waga, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.