Quantum Communications for ALL (QCALL) is a European Innovative Training Network that endeavours to take the next necessary steps to bring the developing quantum technologies closer to the doorsteps of end users. QCALL will empower a nucleus of 15 doctoral researchers in this area to provide secure communications in the European continent and, in the long run, to its connections worldwide. Check out our research work packages and training activities in the form of Schools and Workshops to find more about the scope of the project.
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A good way to assess our increasing dependence on digital communication tools is by looking at the increase in the number of internet connected devices over the recent years (Fig. 1). Their number has increased dramatically over the last decade, reaching tens of billions.
As for any new technology, these new means of communication generate new problems and risks. Among the most critical is the difficulty of keeping our digital communications private and confidential. Security is a crucial requirement for many of our communications. And it is for this reasons that over the past 60 years a lot of effort has been put into the development of cryptography, i.e. the set of techniques that allow us to transmit and store information securely. It is thanks to cryptography that nowadays we can have private digital communications.
Federico Grasselli, our ESR at University of Dusseldorf, has explained the recent theoretical progress in multi-party quantum key distribution, also known as quantum conferencing. If you have no clue of what that is, then learn more by reading here.
It featured a diverse array of research on quantum communication, with 5 well-known invited speakers and 26 contributed speakers introducing their latest research works. The five plenary sessions covered topics ranging from entanglement-based QComms and quantum repeaters to implementation security of QKD, satellite QKD, as well as component technologies such as quantum random number generators and detectors, etc. There was also a poster session on Monday afternoon. It was a wonderful opportunity for learning, networking and collaboration. To learn more, please visit here.
We are organising a science film contest for secondary (high) school students to explain a quantum technology or its application in their own way. We are still open to applications, and our ESRs will be happy to coach interested parties in this activity. More information can be found here.