The opportunities of quantum technologies: the master's Politecnico di Torino

Partnership continues between Intesa Sanpaolo and Politecnico di Torino for the realization of the Master in Quantum Communication and Computing

Intesa Sanpaolo and Polytechnic University of Turin collaborate again for the realization of the 2nd edition of the 2nd level Master in Quantum Communication and Computing.

The master is organized by the university, in collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM), a Public Research Body supervised by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) and with the Fondazione Links, an institution that operates in innovation, applied research and technology transfer.                             
Intesa Sanpaolo - together with other actors of Italian research and industry in the field of innovation - collaborates in the realization of the didactic activities of the Master by providing its corporate expertise and the professionalism of its collaborators.

The master

Why and What

The Master was born from the common will of the partners to channel experiences and knowledge by creating a network capable of working in synergy on the development of quantum technologies. The interest of the partners concerns the avant-garde fronts and the most interesting sectors of quantum innovation such as quantum cryptography, quantum communication, quantum computers, quantum sensors and quantum metrology.

Recipients and employment opportunities

The Master is designed for recent graduates interested in deepening their skills in the areas of Quantum Communication and Quantum Computing, sectors in strong prospective growth. Provides a good command of the theories behind quantum technologies and knowledge applied to quantum communication.
It guarantees highly specialized technical employment opportunities in technologically advanced companies operating in financial services, telecommunications, aerospace, defense.

Timeline and didactic structure

The Master's program starts in December 2023 and has a total duration of about 12 months. The educational program includes about 1,500 hours of training between lectures, project work and individual study. The project work - planned at companies - is aimed at experimenting and consolidating the theoretical knowledge learned in the field.
There are also company visits to partner companies and specialized laboratories on quantum  technologies.     
The Master's degree concludes with a final group test agreed upon with the faculty and companies that accompanied the students in the development of the project work.

Intesa Sanpaolo’s commitment

Intesa Sanpaolo provides educational support by making its company expertise available. The Managers and Professionals of the Group will hold co-lectures, testimonials and thematic in-depth seminars. During the company visit, all Master's students will be able to get in touch with the Bank's Technological Facilities, and some of them will be able to carry out the projet work alongside the professionals working there.
Intesa Sanpaolo also offers a contribution for the total and / or partial exemption of the registration fee for 3 deserving students.

The socio-economic impact of Intesa Sanpaolo - Politecnico di Torino partnership

The quantum technologies of Quantum Communication and Computing open new opportunities for solving computational, security and communication problems.
The applications of these technologies are still to be imagined, they will certainly have significant and multiple impacts, for example they will be fundamental in the evolution of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, cybersecurity and image optimization, creating new scenarios in organization and in social, economic, environmental, health and energy processes. For this reason, national and international development networks are needed capable of transforming research into knowledge applied to processes and products, thanks to the enhancement and synergy between people with key skills and companies capable of transferring and integrating new technologies into production processes.
Goals and actions that must be at the center of the strategies and investments of a company and a university that look to the future. Goals and actions that the Bank and the Politecnico pursue with the aim of training young people capable of becoming real points of reference and therefore the first and fundamental piece to give substance to the choices made together.

Quantum technologies - outline

What are quantum technologies?

Quantum technologies derive from the different possibilities of use of quantum mechanics. In particular, they are technologies capable of exploiting physical phenomena such as superposition of states and correlation (entanglement) observed on an atomic and subatomic scale. These phenomena identified and analyzed with the lens of quantum mechanics reveal how quantum theory can be considered a “singular fusion of mechanics and probability” (M. Born [1]).
This assumption is the basis of the most relevant practical applications of quantum technologies such as detection, communication and quantum computing.

[1] Max Born - German naturalized British physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954 for important research in quantum mechanics and, in particular, for the statistical interpretation of the wave function.

What is Quantum Computing?

Quantum computing is a technology that will radically change the world of automatic computing. In a traditional computer, the fundamental unit of information is the bit, a binary element that can only have 1 and 0 as values for developing algorithms.
A quantum computer is composed of quantum bits, elements capable of simultaneously representing both the values "0" and "1" with a certain probability.
For these capabilities it is potentially much faster in the execution of an algorithm. In fact, quantum computers are characterized by greater computing power and speed. In addition, being the qubits extremely sensitive, they make any kind of manipulation immediately detectable. This sensitivity is used for measurement and information security.


Quantum simulators

Simulators - closely related to quantum computers - exploit controllable quantum systems to simulate the behavior of other quantum systems, such as molecules of chemical or biological interest, innovative materials with properties not present in nature or systems of interest for fundamental physics. These devices allow the understanding of the properties of complex systems and the simulation of physical / chemical processes impossible to calculate with traditional computers. Quantum simulation will therefore have a huge impact on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and materials science.

Quantum sensors

Quantum sensors exploit the great sensitivity of quantum states to disturbances to detect and measure small differences in all kinds of different properties, so they can accurately measure a wide class of physical quantities, such as magnetic, electric and gravitational fields, times, frequencies, temperatures and pressures. Sensors are central components in all high-tech products.

Quantum Communication

Quantum Communication uses quantum technologies to exchange a huge amount of data in total safety thanks to the sensitivity of the qubits that reveal any manipulation to those who receive the information. In particular, Quantum Key Distribution technology uses the properties of light to create and exchange cryptographic keys that make the presence of attacks or the interception of third parties detectable in real time. Quantum communication has made great progress in recent years, thanks to its characteristics of strictly secure, high-speed transmission of information.

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