06 Quantum Computing & Simulation
10 Policy & Politics
Societal Impact
Research & Innovation
29 April 2024Vania Lopez

Research Colloquium Series: The regional co-production of quantum computing innovation

On 31 May 2024 the Centre for Quantum and Society organizes the next Quantum & Society Research Colloquium with PhD candidate Jasmin Katharina Stein as our speaker.

Abstract: Many stakeholders, from governments to academia and industrial firms, have invested significant monetary resources into innovating quantum computing applications in recent years. These stakeholder constellations come together in locally specific ways, reflecting different situated understandings of both the benefits and risks of quantum computing technology as well the processes of innovation needed to create them – with corollary situated understandings for responsible and desirable quantum computing futures (Roberson et al. 2020, Pfotenhauer et al. 2023).

In contrast to prominent private-sector efforts in the US, in Munich, the emerging quantum computing hub has primarily been driven by collectives and individuals embedded in a state-driven corporatist arrangement, with a technology focus on applications such as quantum computing for optimisation, machine learning and simulation. However, even within the Munich ecosystem, different vanguard visions exist and compete with one another.

In this talk, we explore the relationships that underwrite current scientific, policy, and economic logics present in current vanguard visions. We investigate the meaning ascribed to innovating quantum computing applications by politicians, researchers, and industry developers. We examine how quantum computing applications are advanced in laboratories and how stakeholder clusters that serve to innovate the field are established. For this talk, the field's landscape in Munich was analysed by investigating political, academic, and industrial stakeholders' positions on their visions for quantum computing applications.

Location: TU Eindhoven and online

Time: 14:00-17:00 (including drinks)

Detailed agenda: 

14:00 - 14:15 Welcome with coffee @ TU/e Qubit 1.014

14:15 - 15:00 Presentation Jasmin Katharina Stein TUM + Q&A (hybrid)

15:00 - 15:30 Intro EHCI by Wieteke de Boer

15:30 - 16:30 Break + Lab tour(s) quantum computing and communication labs

16:30 - 17:00 Closing and drinks

Interested in attending, or receiving updates about future events? Register here.


Jasmin Katharina Shokoui is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Innovation, Society and Public Policy group. Her research focuses on the sociotechnical co-production of regional innovation cultures in quantum computing applications, such as simulation, optimization, and linear systems. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the chair for Science and Technology Policy and at Fortiss, the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems, and as a junior researcher and teaching assistant at the IT University of Copenhagen. She holds a Master’s degree in Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (RESET) from TUM and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Arts, Music and Theatre Studies from LMU Munich.

Centre for Quantum and Society

The Centre for Quantum and Society is a knowledge and co-creation center to maximize quantum technologies’ positive impact on society. We’re part of Action Line 4 of Quantum Delta NL, a unique program that aims to put societal impact first. We facilitate ground-breaking research into the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions related to quantum technologies. We develop tools to assess quantum applications’ impacts and develop governance approaches and guidelines. We support start–ups, small businesses, and corporate innovation teams in understanding the potential impact of quantum technologies on their sector, customers, and society. Last but not least, we initiate mission-driven innovation projects.

This monthly colloquium, organized by the Center for Quantum & Society of Quantum Delta NL, provides a platform for quantum & society researchers, aimed at building and broadening the community engaged in research on non-technical questions related to quantum technologies, including their development, applications, and implications. We will provide networking opportunities within the community, including with the aim to facilitate new collaborations.


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