Quantum Computing Challenge

The Quantum Mobility Quest

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Overview

Airbus and BMW Group have joined forces to support the launch of the Airbus-BMW Group Quantum Computing Challenge (ABQCC) under the motto “The Quantum Mobility Quest”.

This challenge is the first-of-its-kind, bringing together two global industry leaders to harness quantum technologies for real-world industrial applications, unlocking the potential to forge more efficient, sustainable and safer solutions for the future of transportation.

In 2024, The Quantum Insider will be the host of the challenge and is sponsored by Airbus and BMW Group, with the support of AWS.

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Forward Track Challenges

Four use-cases covering four application domains have been formulated together with the experts of Airbus, BMW Group and AWS.

Investigating Quantum Computing for Corrosion Inhibition

The mitigation of surface degradation processes is essential in prolonging the lifespan of Airbus and BMW Group products, improving operational efficiency, optimizing maintenance plans, and ultimately reducing costs. The degradation of the surface is initiated when mechanical damage in the coating exposes the underlying layer of aluminium to the surrounding atmosphere. In a smart coating material, an inhibitor is embedded within the coating matrix and, upon the damage, form a protective layer blocking the advancement of the aluminium degradation.

The goal of this challenge is to model the process of adsorption of inhibitors on an aluminium surface and to understand the binding properties using quantum methods.

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Towards an Efficient and Sustainable Supply Chain

Transport and logistics between manufacturing sites significantly contributes to the carbon-dioxide emissions and drives industrial efficiency and cost. In particular, the complexity of mobility products like vehicles and aircraft leads to highly complex supply chains. Airbus and BMW Group are both committed to reducing their carbon – dioxide emissions and to ensuring a reliable and efficient supply chain for their manufacturing processes.

The objective of this use case is to elaborate a quantum solution for a manufacturing supply chain problem respecting the driving application constraints.

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Augmenting Generative AI for Critical Test Scenario Images

Future autonomous mobility will rely heavily on reliable and safe AI vision systems, being an essential brick for autonomous driving of vehicles but also for automated landing of aircraft. To achieve the highest level of safety, it is necessary to have access to representative datasets of images specially for critical test scenarios. Those include lower visibility during night-time as well as adverse weather, intricate traffic patterns, and obstructions on runways. Quantum computers offer potential advantages for such challenges compared to their classical counterparts.

This problem statement focuses on the generation of images that encapsulate critical scenarios using quantum generative modeling techniques.

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Predictive Aeroacoustic & Aerodynamic modeling

The ability to accurately predict aerodynamic flows and the propagation of sound waves are key capabilities in the mobility industry, with high relevance both for the automotive and aviation sector. This ability enables the development of high-quality products with supreme performances, e.g. reducing noise pollution and lowering carbon emissions. In this context, it is paramount to solve partial differential equations describing multi-scale problems with many millions of degrees of freedom, limited by the available computational power of High Performance Computing systems.

This problem statement focuses on finding most suitable quantum-based approaches to solve the relevant aerodynamic and acoustic equations.

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Reverse Track Challenges

The Golden App: Pushing the Boundaries of Quantum Tech for Mobility

Typical approaches nudge quantum technology to the most driving challenges, which, however, often are not quantum native! Airbus and BMW Group are both leading companies in the automotive and aerospace sector, respectively, and committed to embracing quantum technology as early adopters as part of their innovation strategies. While quantum computing appears to have gained a foothold in various areas, we ponder whether the “golden app” for mobility remains unveiled.

In this challenge, we invite you to propose novel solutions for both hardware and software where you see a large potential but where the relevance for the mobility sector still needs to be proven.

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Process

Forward Track

Reverse Track

Four use-cases covering four application domains have been formulated together with the experts of Airbus and BMW Group.

The use-cases are hosted during the full challenge duration on a dedicated digital platform in open access for users-solution providers, who will submit their solutions and benchmarks.

The Phase I of the challenge is dedicated to exploration of solution space, and search for new original ways of approaching real-life mobility challenges using quantum and quantum-inspired technologies.

Quantum technology providers will be required to describe their technology providing examples of potential application areas (sustainability, safety, automated driving, logistics, ..) that could be of interest for the mobility industry.

The submission should be completed by a feasibility study and argumentation of future potential/ business relevance for the automotive and/or aerospace industry.

Phase I: Exploration

Jan 2024 - Apr 2024

An international Jury of quantum computing experts will work with technical specialists from Airbus, BMW Group and AWS, assess the submitted proposal based on agreed evaluation metrics and select up to 12 finalists.

Jury of experts formed by business and technical specialists from Airbus, BMW Group and AWS will assess the submitted proposals based on agreed evaluation metrics and select up to 3 finalists.

Selection of finalists

Apr 2024

The Phase II of the challenge is dedicated to benchmarking selected innovative solutions based on Airbus and BMW Group data sets and with the support of both companies’ specialists. To ensure equal conditions in accessing quantum computing hardware and simulation resources for all finalists, the host will provide access to Amazon Braket services by request.

The Phase II of this track is dedicated to application and benchmarking of selected innovative technologies together with business and technical experts from BMW and Airbus.

Phase II: Implementation & benchmarking

May 2024 - Sep 2024

A jury formed by Quantum Computing experts and top management from BMW Group, Airbus and AWS will evaluate the final submissions and pitches provided by finalists and select four winners (one per use-case).

A jury formed by Quantum Computing experts and top management from BMW Group, Airbus and AWS will evaluate the final submissions and pitches provided by finalists and select one winner.

Selection of winners

Oct 2024

All winners will be awarded with prizes (€30k per winner) during an awards ceremony. Both BMW Group and Airbus keep the right to continue discussions with the winners for potential collaborations

Awards ceremony

Dec 2024
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Phase I: Exploration

Jan 2024 - Apr 2024

Forward Track

Four use-cases covering four application domains have been formulated together with the experts of Airbus and BMW Group.

The use-cases are hosted during the full challenge duration on a dedicated digital platform in open access for users-solution providers, who will submit their solutions and benchmarks.

The Phase I of the challenge is dedicated to exploration of solution space, and search for new original ways of approaching real-life mobility challenges using quantum and quantum-inspired technologies.

Reverse Track

Quantum technology providers will be required to describe their technology providing examples of potential application areas (sustainability, safety, automated driving, logistics, ..) that could be of interest for the mobility industry.

The submission should be completed by a feasibility study and argumentation of future potential/ business relevance for the automotive and/or aerospace industry.

Selection of finalists

Apr 2024

Forward Track

An international Jury of quantum computing experts will work with technical specialists from Airbus, BMW Group and AWS, assess the submitted proposal based on agreed evaluation metrics and select up to 12 finalists.

Reverse Track

Jury of experts formed by business and technical specialists from Airbus, BMW Group and AWS will assess the submitted proposals based on agreed evaluation metrics and select up to 3 finalists.

Phase II: Implementation & benchmarking

May 2024 - Sep 2024

Forward Track

The Phase II of the challenge is dedicated to benchmarking selected innovative solutions based on Airbus and BMW Group data sets and with the support of both companies’ specialists. To ensure equal conditions in accessing quantum computing hardware and simulation resources for all finalists, the host will provide access to Amazon Braket services by request.

Reverse Track

The Phase II of this track is dedicated to application and benchmarking of selected innovative technologies together with business and technical experts from BMW and Airbus.

Selection of winners

Oct 2024

Forward Track

A jury formed by Quantum Computing experts and top management from BMW Group, Airbus and AWS will evaluate the final submissions and pitches provided by finalists and select four winners (one per use-case).

Reverse Track

A jury formed by Quantum Computing experts and top management from BMW Group, Airbus and AWS will evaluate the final submissions and pitches provided by finalists and select one winner.

Awards ceremony

Dec 2024

All winners will be awarded with prizes (€30k per winner) during an awards ceremony. Both BMW Group and Airbus keep the right to continue discussions with the winners for potential collaborations

Participate

Access the submission portal below