Quantum computing knowledge for everyone

Online courses at Hasso Plattner Institute Quantum computing knowledge for everyone

Written by Bernard Lack

The potential of quantum computer technology should be known to a wide audience in Germany. For this purpose, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is creating a channel on its openHPI learning platform that can be used for free. The first online course is scheduled to start on the 1st of June.

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Since 2012, interactive courses offered by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) have been available on the openHPI online platform.

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The project is funded by the federal government for an initial period of two years, with approximately 750,000 euros. Online courses are accompanied by workshops and other networking opportunities. These are intended for innovative application capabilities by companies.

“By compiling educational offerings, the HPI Institute wants to enable quick and easy entry into and economical use of the most promising quantum computing,” says Institute Director Professor Christophe Menil. It is important to quickly incorporate the newly emerging major technology in Germany into teaching, research and development so that Germany’s industrialized nation can take a leading role in its use and thus ensure technological dominance of its economy.

According to the computer scientist, the learning content should deal not only with the theoretical basics of quantum computing technology, but also to impart knowledge for typical applications in companies. It will start in June with two free courses. Each scientist presents two weeks of basic knowledge, but also describes new programming requirements and deals with security aspects.

Start on June 1st with an introductory course

Bettina Just, a professor of mathematics and computer science at the Technical University of Central Hesse, will begin on June 1 an introductory course on quantum computing. Immediately afterwards, Professor Jörg Heitel from Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences will lead a two-week course dealing with cryptographic issues in quantum computing.

In addition to the continuation of these introductory courses, other free offerings will follow in the fall and winter – such as an advanced course by Ulm University lecturer Sabine Wolk from the DLR Institute of Quantum Technology and a series of courses on new programming paradigms, led by Professor. Gerhard Hellstern of the Co-operative Baden-Württemberg State University. The collaboration with IBM Switzerland also enables more open online courses, ranging in subject matter from handling quantitative software Qiskit to machine learning to entry-level courses for schools.

A high level of science is accessible to everyone for free

“Our goal is not only to provide the content in the new OpenHPI channel at a high scientific level, but at the same time to make it widely available and free to many interested parties, whether they are IT professionals from business, science and authorities or ordinary people from the world of science and the rest of the population confirms HPI Meinel Director. In addition, other scientific institutions can also use the teaching content freely.

Cross-university collaboration and learning content development is coordinated by an advisory board made up of ten high-level experts, including researchers and managers from IBM Switzerland, SAP, Rohde & Schwarz and Google Germany. In the future, HPI also wants to use online courses on quantum computing as a module for its own courses. Shows should be there about two to four hours per week per semester.

openHPI education platform

The Hasso Plattner Institute launched its interactive courses on September 5, 2012 – on the OpenHPI online platform. Since then, this has provided free access to current undergraduate knowledge from the rapidly changing fields of information technology and innovation. So far, this has been done mainly in German and English. In the fall of 2017, OpenHPI also introduced online translation and course translation in eleven world languages ​​for the first time. Meanwhile, more than 1 million course registrations have been registered on openHPI. Currently, about 300,000 people from 180 countries are regular users of the platform. To date, the Institute has issued over 120,000 certificates to particularly successful participants in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The annual openHPI program includes offerings for both beginners and IT experts. The 80 courses offered in the past can still be used for self-study – also free of charge. Students can now also earn credit points recognized at their university for completing OpenHPI courses. If you want to watch video lessons from courses on the go when there is no internet connection (eg on a plane), you can also use the openHPI mobile app for Android, iPhone or iPad. Partner platforms that work with the same learning technology include OpenSAP and OpenWHO. The HPI platform is also used on the KI Campus and e-Government Campus.

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