Skip to Content

Entering the era of quantum – acceleration and transformation

Moving towards achieving a quantum advantage 

It is now clear that advances in our understanding of quantum technology are opening up remarkable and ground-breaking potential in many areas of the world around us. Quantum computational power and speed could help us solve some of the most intractable problems we face; quantum communication technology could provide extra communication security and quantum sensors the most accurate measurements on earth and in space.

However, this is still in the future, as we are currently in an industrious period of fast-paced exploratory research and discovery, pushing beyond current conventional limits. And we believe turning this disruptive technology into practical applications is not too far in the distance. Once perceived to be science fiction, quantum is now turning into science fact, with significant investment in hardware, software, and use case investigation.

Capgemini’s Quantum Lab has a role to play – helping our clients understand the future possibilities of quantum technologies and building their organization and strategy that will make the potential become a reality.

State of The French Quantum Ecosystem 2022 – Le Lab Quantique report

An overview of the state of the French quantum ecosystem, its challenges and is in line with the missions of Le Lab Quantique and its partners.

Curious about quantum’s potential? Watch our video, which asks the question: What if …?

Exploring the possibilities of quantum

So what is actually possible? With substantial investment inflows, more and more companies, on both supply and demand sides, are assessing the most important use cases, testing proofs of concepts and prototypes, and also evaluating live small-scale trials. Each step brings us closer to quantum as a mainstream reality.

A clear example is an Horizon Europe project. Capgemini is leading and coordinating the EQUALITY consortium of industry partners, which is targeting eight industrial use cases that are computationally complex and can benefit from the quantum-enabled speed-up. These are airfoil aerodynamics, battery design, fluid dynamics, space mission optimization, materials design, multidisciplinary optimization, space data analysis and fuel cell design. Not only could this provide a competitive edge for European industry, but also more energy-efficient aerodynamics and more durable and affordable batteries are critical to propelling these industries towards zero emissions.

These organizations are taking the long view – looking ahead to when the technology becomes much more accessible and scalable, and therefore commercially viable – and making the appropriate strategic investment in a range of resources. The importance is to start exploring, and this is particularly imperative when it comes to quantum security, where we advise that companies do not wait for standards to emerge.

Our approach is to partner with clients, to identify priority use cases, and showcase the applications of quantum technology through our labs and Applied Innovation Exchange network. We carry out early experimentation and incubation – in the following key sectors – ultimately, to deliver a quantum advantage.

Quantum in life sciences

Simulate, optimize, and orchestrate processes in the drug discovery lifecycle to cut timelines, lower costs, and reduce the rate of failures.

    Quantum in financial services

    Optimize investment portfolios and trades, market forecasting, investor risk profiling, and derivatives pricing.

      Quantum in automotive

      From quantum-enhanced quality inspection through to sustainable materials sciences and battery and fuel cell design.

        Our dedicated Quantum Lab is a global network of quantum experts, partners, and specialist research facilities from across the Group, combined with domain knowledge. We leverage this expertise in our exploratory and advisory work with clients, in cutting-edge applications that will bring our clients closer to gaining an advantage. Typically we focus on quantum simulation, optimization, and machine learning, and access to partners’, such as IBM’s, quantum machines and licensed technology, co-working on evolving hardware and software.

        The reality is, however, there is more to quantum than hardware and algorithms in use case silos. In time, quantum applications means planning for integration into the larger IT landscape, testing, scaling up, and deployment. Our quantum exploration has been recognized in a spotlight quantum report from analysts TBR.

        Capgemini worked with and for QuTech, a Dutch research institute (founded by TNO and TU Delft) for quantum computing and quantum internet. QuTech successfully launched Quantum Inspire, a quantum computing public demonstrator platform designed to support organizations’ first steps into the fascinating world of quantum computation and to help explore the opportunities the power of quantum will offer in the future. Capgemini worked on the software stack which interacts between the internet portal and the hardware controlling the quantum computer, keeping the Quantum computer operational, compiling the quantum computer program, executing the quantum program, and supporting the development of a next version of the platform. The strong collaboration between QuTech and Capgemini lays out the scientific basis in combination with the industry software craftmanship to scale up and explore opportunities for a quantum future.

          EQUALITY Consortium selected By The Eu’s Horizon Europe Program

          We are an IBM Quantum hub

          As part of our agreement with IBM, we provide their clients access to IBM’s quantum computing systems, as well as professional services.

          We lead study on quantum machine learning (QML)

            We focus on three quantum technology areas

            • Using unique algorithms and ground-breaking computing power in terms of speed and scale that will exceed the performance of current supercomputers
            • Solving problems requiring complex optimization, simulation, or machine learning
            • We are a member of IBM’s Quantum Network, providing us with access to their quantum computing systems and Qiskit, working to advance ‎quantum computing and explore practical applications.

            • The development of quantum proof and resistant encryption to counter the threat of “harvest now, decrypt later”
            • Post-quantum cryptography and quantum key distribution emerging as dominant techniques in securing information in the post-quantum future
            • Workingin partnership with Fraunhofer IAIS, we have produced a report on Quantum Machine Learning in the Context of IT Security for the German Federal Office for Information Security.
            • Capgemini’s Q.DOT project has developed a practical and scalable solution, integrating quantum technology to generate and distribute quantum keys, using oblivious transfer.

            • Novel applications with revolutionary potential for precision measurement
            • Providing unprecedented precision in measurement in biomedical imaging, timing synchronization, and various detections
            • Many quantum sensors are emerging from lab environments to industrial applications. Read more here.  

            Get in touch

            Meet our experts

            Julian van Velzen

            Julian van Velzen

            Quantum CTIO, Head of Capgemini’s Quantum Lab
            I’m passionate about the possibilities of quantum technologies and proud to be putting Capgemini’s investment in quantum on the map. With our Quantum Lab, a global network of quantum experts, partners, and facilities, we’re exploring with our clients how we can apply research, build demos, and help solve business and societal problems that till now have seemed intractable. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of this disruptive technology, where I can use my background in physics and experience in digital transformation to help clients kick-start their quantum journey. Making the impossible possible!

            Sam Genway

            Emerging Technologies Lead at Hybrid Intelligence, Head of Industries at Capgemini Quantum Lab
            Sam leads quantum computing R&D at Capgemini’s Quantum Lab. With a background in theoretical quantum physics, he co-founded an accelerator on emerging technologies within Capgemini and has worked with several of the largest, most innovative companies to develop their capabilities and enhance their operations. Sam holds an MSci from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London.

            Gireesh Kumar Neelakantaiah

            Global Strategy, Capgemini’s Quantum Lab
            Leading go-to-market initiatives for the Quantum Lab, including solution development, strategic planning, business and commercial model innovation, and ecosystem partner and IP licensing management; Skilled in Quantum computing (IBM Qiskit), Data science, AI/ML/Deep learning, Digital manufacturing & Industrial IoT, Cloud computing.

            Camille de Valk

            Quantum Finance Specialist
            Camille is a physicist investigating physics applications in finance in the Capgemini Quantum Lab. The Quantum Lab connects technical experts like Camille with business experts, to explore potential applications of quantum technologies for business, that will generate what is known as a quantum advantage. In the Quantum Lab, Camille’s team has done research on quantum risk modelling, quantum optimisation and quantum machine learning, using quantum simulators, but also IBM’s quantum hardware (up to 127 qubits).