13 November 2018
The aim of the project is to explore the technical/business feasibility of enhancing existing techniques for optimising planning and scheduling tasks with quantum algorithms and to explore specific market applications of these hybrid techniques for distribution logistics/traffic-flow optimisation, operations management and telecommunications networks.
The project included experiments with the quantum annealing systems from D-Wave Systems on a variety of optimisation problems and a comparative analysis with other universal (circuit-model) quantum computing (QC) approaches. An innovation workshop was held, involving more than 50 people from key industry sectors (potential end-users), as well as quantum computing experts from academia/industry and other quantum stakeholders/fund-holders. The results of the experiments and workshop outputs have informed the market assessment/roadmaps for exploiting quantum algorithms for optimised planning/scheduling tasks, and will inform the ‘road-mapping’ activity currently sponsored by InnovateUK and supported by the UK Quantum Technology Programme.