Kennesaw State professor receives NSF grant for quantum technology research

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KENNESAW, Georgia | October 27, 2022

Tu Nguyen, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CCSE) at Kennesaw State University, and his research team have received a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the first comprehensive framework for a new way of computing and networking.

The funding comes from NSF’s Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program, which awarded only four awards in fiscal year 2022. The AMPS program is a partnership between NSF, the Division of Mathematical Sciences, and the US Department of Energy.

Nguyen will partner with researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Clarkson University. They will use the more than $600,000 in NSF funding to work on quantum-era computing and networking systems, which involves a completely different type of computing and networking technology than we know. and are currently using.

Traditional computing is based on binary bits, the smallest units that current computing systems can process and store.

“In quantum computing, binary bits are replaced by quantum bits, which quantum mechanics allows to be in a coherent superposition of two states simultaneously,” Nguyen said.

Quantum computers will eventually be able to solve problems that current computers cannot and will be able to do so faster and more reliably, he said.

“The development of the quantum era will impact everyone’s daily life by changing the way we communicate and share data through the Internet,” said Nguyen, who also received an NSF grant for cellular network research. in 2021.

Nguyen’s latest project, titled “Rethinking State Estimation of Power Distribution Systems in the Quantum Era,” will begin in January 2023 and last for at least three years.

“Dr. Nguyen is passionate about research and driven by his desire to make an impact in his field and provide a rewarding experience for his students,” said Paola Spoletini, Acting Associate Dean of CCSE. is not only an enthusiastic and hardworking researcher with exceptional abilities, inspiring vision and technical skills, but he is also an excellent colleague who cares deeply for the success of the College.

– O’Brien Barrows Abbey
Photos by Judy Pishnery

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