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Turn Quantum Computing Knowledge into Action

The quantum computing revolution is upon us.

Like the first digital computers, quantum computers offer the possibility of technology exponentially more powerful than current systems. They stand to change the world by solving problems that seem impossible today and will likely disrupt every industry.

Discover the new frontier in computing with these online offerings from MIT.

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Quantum Practitioner Curriculum

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) will be offered, as well as a comprehensive professional development
curriculum with quantum computing certification issued by MIT. Initial course offerings include:

Foundations of Quantum Computing

Intended for quantum computing engineers, scientists, and researchers, these courses focus on the fundamentals and basic science of quantum computing. The courses will enable practitioners to design new quantum algorithms, communications, and protocols. Prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is required.

Courses can be taken online for free. A certificate of completion is available for learners who enroll in the ID-verified track and pass the course.

Applications of Quantum Computing

Intended for quantum computing engineers, scientists and researchers, as well as leaders of quantum computing (QC) teams and executives, these courses focus on the core principles, business implications, and implementation of quantum computing. Participants will apply the principles of QC to real world examples utilizing a state-of-the-art web-available quantum technology through the IBM Q Experience. Prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is helpful but not required.

  • QCx1: Introduction to quantum computing and its applications - starts April 9, 2018
  • QCx2: Quantum computing algorithms for cybersecurity, chemistry, and optimization - starts May 14, 2018
  • QCx3: Practical realities of quantum computation and quantum communication - starts June 18, 2018
  • QCx4: Requirements for large-scale universal quantum computation - starts July 23, 2018

Learners who pass one of these paid-only online courses will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and those who pass all four courses will earn an MIT Professional Certificate.

Meet the Instructors

Isaac Chuang
Professor of Physics, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning

William Oliver
Professor of the Practice, Physics, Laboratory Fellow, Lincoln Laboratory, Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics

Aram Harrow
Associate Professor of Physics

Peter Shor
Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Committee Chair, Quantum Computation, Quantum Information

Pioneering Quantum with IBM Q

MIT’s quantum learning initiative is created in collaboration with IBM Q, and the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab is focused on fundamental artificial intelligence (AI) research with the goal of propelling scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. A key initiative of the lab is the intersection of quantum computing and machine learning.

IBM Q, which offers commercial universal quantum computing systems for businesses and sciences, has provided underwriting to produce this course. Applications of Quantum Computing courses utilize IBM Q systems and technology, including IBM Q and open source quantum software developer kit Qiskit. MIT is solely responsible for all course content decisions.

“I am delighted by this new collaboration. True breakthroughs are often the result of fresh thinking inspired by new kinds of research teams. The combined MIT and IBM talent dedicated to this new effort will bring formidable power to a field with staggering potential to advance knowledge and help solve important challenges.”

- MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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