Quantum Research Chair Appointed as New Director of National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Science

    Professor Francesco Petruccione, the South African Research Chair for Quantum Information Processing and Communication (QIPC) and founder of UKZN’s Centre for Quantum Technology, has been appointed the interim Director of the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Science (NITheCS) as of the first of April. Speaking of his appointment, Petruccione said, ‘Today, amidst

Open Data Analysis in Epidemiology Helps Control Outbreaks

  Pro Vice-Chancellor of Big Data and Informatics and South African Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing and Communication at UKZN, Professor Francesco Petruccione recently hosted a breakfast seminar titled COVID-19 Genomics and Epidemiology. The seminar was presented by renowned UKZN bioinformatician, epidemiologist and Director of KRISP, Professor Tulio de Oliveira. The presentation highlighted the

Will Africa miss the next computational revolution?

One may argue that the future of quantum computing is rather uncertain. Its success rests heavily on the development of large-scale quantum devices that can perform universal computation. That being said, the allure of potential quantum computing applications has enticed many researchers to develop quantum algorithms, some of which can be run on the noisy

Big Data daily update for COVID-19 in Africa: Epidemiology & Genomics

Together with the Big Data group of UKZN, we started a daily update of the data on COVID-19 in Africa. All of the scripts for generation of the data is deposited open in repositories as all any data developed by our team. The report is written and compiled by a group of virologist, epidemiologist and

FNB takes a quantum leap in computing

  Regarded as one of the local banks at the forefront of digital innovation, FNB has collaborated with the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Chemistry and Physics, to conduct research aimed at looking at the best approach to apply the principles of quantum theory, which is increasingly attracting the interest of financial services firms across

Computer Science Students Attend Summer School

    Computer Science Master’s students from UKZN attended the 10th CHPC Introductory Programming School and the 2nd NITheP Foundations of Theoretical and Computational Science Summer School from 1 to 9 February in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape. The Summer School is jointly organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Centre for High Performance