Tencent Tech, 3/08/18
Chinese internet conglomerate Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) announced today plans to establish a Quantum Computing Institute devoted to researching quantum computing software and information technology applications and services. Professor Duan Runyao, founding director of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information (CQSI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), has been appointed director of the institute, reporting directly to Baidu president Ya-Qin Zhang (Zhang Yaqin). Baidu plans to build a world-class quantum computing research institute within 5 years and gradually integrate quantum computing into its other services.
Duan Runyao is a tenured professor at UTS and a Future Fellow and Professor of the Australian Research Council (ARC). He has been the founding director of the CQSI since September 2016. His main areas of research have been in quantum computing and quantum information theory, particularly as it relates to the special characteristics and applications of quantum entanglement and quantum communication channel capacity.