Press release 11/23 - 14.02.2023

Quantum Technology and Information Processing

A glimpse into a rapidly growing field of research with practical application

Data collection and analysis are key areas of competence for the Centre for Advanced Analytics and Predictive Sciences (CAAPS) © University of Augsburg © University of Augsburg

The Centre of Advanced Analytics and Predictive Sciences (CAAPS), which brings together data-gathering and data-processing research as part of a new multidisciplinary centre at the University of Augsburg, is hosting a colloquium on the 23rd of February 2023. The colloquium features two internationally renowned guest speakers in the fields of quantum science and quantum computing.

Quantum mechanical effects are the basis of new types of data generation and data processing. They are used in high-precision measurements in quantum sensors and in quantum computing. Quantum science is one of the four research pillars of CAAPS.

Data is a key resource for contemporary societies. Intelligent data analysis is a key instrument for guiding future action and solving critical societal problems such as climate change. Founded at the University of Augsburg in 2020, the multidisciplinary research centre CAAPS brings together research in data collection and data processing. The aim of the centre is to enable innovation in the development of methods as well as in the development of concrete applications. “How closely data collection and intelligent data processing interact in current research questions is shown by new developments in the use of Artificial Intelligence, among other things,” says Prof. Daniel Peterseim, chair of computational mathematics and director of CAAPS. “Such socially and economically important developments require research infrastructure, which we have recently established at CAAPS.”

About the guest speakers:

Rainer Blatt is a physicist, member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and research director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) in Innsbruck. He also co-founded Alpine Quantum Technologies GmbH, which develops commercial quantum computers. In his lecture, he will discuss the fundamental operating principles of quantum information processing as well as the state of the art trapped-ion quantum computer in Innsbruck. He will also illustrate methods for performing computations with analogue and digital simulations.

Florian Marquardt is professor of theoretical physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. He specialises in nanophysics and quantum optics. His current focus is on the application of machine learning for quantum technologies. Rapid progress has been made in this field in recent years. In his lecture, he will give an overview of the opportunities and challenges using examples from current research.

Prof. Fabian Pauly, chair of theoretical physics I at the University of Augsburg and organiser of the colloquium, says "Both guest speakers are leading figures of Munich Quantum Valley, a platform that connects research, industry, funders, and the public. They take a similar view of their discipline in quantum technologies as we do at CAAPS, that is, scientifically interdisciplinary with a degree of practical orientation. I am already looking forward to the professional exchange and the excellent lectures on the 23rd of February in Augsburg."


Date: Thursday, 23.02.23, 16:00–18:00 pm
Location: Room 1001, Building T, Universitätsstraße 1, 86159 Augsburg


  • 16:00 pm: Lecture: "The Quantum Way of Doing Computations, Simulations and Measurements” by Rainer Blatt
  • 17:00 pm: Lecture "Reinforcement Learning for Quantum Technologies” by Florian Marquardt


Both lectures will be held in English. From 18:00 pm onwards there will be opportunity for discussion in the reception area.

Further informationen: Programme of CAAPS Colloquium