Microsoft Garage India will host a quantum lecture series at IIIT Hyderabad for BTech and MTech students to provide in-depth and practical knowledge on quantum computing
Hyderabad, April 8, 2019: Reinforcing its commitment to fostering innovation in the country and creating a real impact on communities, Microsoft Garage India has partnered with International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) to run a series of lectures on quantum computing starting March 29, 2019.
These lectures are part of a course offered as a pool elective for BTech and MTech students. Microsoft will provide the scholars practical experience in quantum computing and quantum algorithms with access to the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and Microsoft Q#.
Quantum computing is poised to alter the world’s economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. Quantum computers have the capacity to solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve within weeks, days, and even minutes. This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. It also creates a need to start building a quantum-ready workforce well versed in quantum computing skills.
Leveraging Microsoft’s strength in quantum programming and algorithms, Microsoft experts will participate in lectures for three weeks on ‘Quantum Information and Computation’ – an integrated IIIT course which includes practical projects as part of the curriculum. Through Q# and the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit, students will have access to Microsoft’s GitHub resources and katas, samples and libraries.
Microsoft began its quantum program more than 15 years ago and, today, has a worldwide community of experimentalists, developers, theoreticians, and computer scientists working together to deliver our unique approach to quantum computing. “This collaboration with Microsoft Garage India and IIIT Hyderabad is part of our continued effort to enrich the innovation journey of engineering students and make technology more accessible,” says Dr. Krysta Svore, General Manager of Quantum Software at Microsoft.
Also commenting on the partnership, Prof P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad adds, “Quantum computing is an emerging area of the future. We have a small but vibrant team of faculty and students who work on this area. Collaboration with Microsoft plays a critical role in taking IIIT’s research and expertise to a new level. Our students will receive hands-on experience for practical project work on solutions which can impact society. We are excited about the potential of quantum computing and the learning experience students will gain from thought leaders at Microsoft.”
Microsoft has a goal of empowering students to think innovatively to craft solutions for real-life challenges. Our academic initiatives provide skills and training to launch successful careers and provide students with unparalleled hands-on experience, guidance, and mentorship from industry veterans. Through programs like this Microsoft Garage India and IIITH one, students are encouraged to dream big, build creatively, and learn through practice, while gaining lifelong career skills as part of their journey.
About Microsoft India
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”@microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 9,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local datacenters to accelerate digital transformation across Indian start-ups, businesses, and government agencies. In 2016, Microsoft opened one of its eight Cyber Security Engagement Centers in the country, to address security needs of both public and private sectors.
About IIIT Hyderabad
The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains through inter-disciplinary research with great social impact. Some of its research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security, Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in Agriculture and e-Governance.