IonQ and South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan Univ. Renew Quantum Alliance

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Feb. 13, 2024, COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Quantum computing company IonQ (NYSE: IONQ) today announced the renewal of its alliance with South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) to provide researchers and academics with continued access to IonQ’s trapped-ion quantum systems.
Accessible through SKKU’s Q Center, users across South Korea have benefited from hands-on training and mentorship provided by IonQ as they engineer and run novel quantum applications. Today’s announcement reflects the two parties’ shared interest in establishing South Korea as an international hub for quantum computing.

“As quantum breakthroughs and achievements occur at breakneck speeds, it is imperative that we train and educate the next generation of quantum researchers and academics with the latest available hardware,” said Peter Chapman, CEO and President of IonQ. “Renewing our alliance with SKKU ensures users across South Korea will maintain access to IonQ’s current and future-generation systems to explore revolutionary solutions for today’s most complex challenges.”

Since 2021, researchers and academics across South Korea have leveraged IonQ’s systems to develop and deploy quantum computing applications in areas such as quantum machine learning and chemical engineering. SKKU is recognized as one of the preeminent research institutions in nanotechnology research – one of the integral parts in developing future-generation quantum systems.

“We are pleased by the research results we achieved using IonQ’s systems and look forward to continuing our alliance in the coming years,” said Yonuk Chong, SKKU Professor of SAINT (SKKU Advanced Institute of NanoTechnology). “Establishing South Korea as an international leader in quantum computing remains a top priority for the South Korean government, and we believe IonQ’s trapped-ion systems have demonstrated real-world value in helping achieve this goal.”

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of IonQ initiatives across South Korea, following the 2023 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to educate quantum science and technology professionals and promote the creation of a local quantum ecosystem. IonQ and Hyundai Motors have also collaborated for years applying quantum computing to projects such as object detection for autonomous vehicles and increased efficiency for electric vehicle batteries.

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