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The University of Birmingham-led UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing will today be taking part in the virtual UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase.

The Showcase, first launched in 2015 alongside the launch of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, has become the key industry event for those interested in translating quantum science into real-world applications.

Hosted by Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase aims to highlight the expertise, capabilities and advances of quantum technologies in the UK and its real-world impact to a global audience.

Previous events in this series have seen more than 700 industry, policy makers, engineers and scientists gather to discuss how quantum can be developed and implemented into our critical services, such as telecommunications, civil engineering and healthcare to ensure accurate, resilient systems.

The UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, which is led by the University of Birmingham, and partnered with the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sussex, Southampton, Imperial College London, NPL and the British Geological Survey, will be hosting a number of exhibits and live demonstrations to explore the various technologies being developed by engineers and physicists at the Hub.

Among the exhibits will be the quantum sensing healthcare applications. University of Nottingham academics are exploiting quantum science to develop brain sensing technology, which will enable non-invasive imaging of brain activity. This will mean greater advances and knowledge around conditions such as dementia.

The Hub’s other virtual exhibits will include:

Geophysics: Researchers at the Hub are creating the next generation of gravity sensors capable of detecting deep-underground hazards such as sinkholes, mineshafts and landslides faster and more precisely, meaning that potential catastrophes can be spotted earlier and averted. Civil engineering, defence and navigation are just a few sectors which will be impacted by commercialised quantum gravity sensors.

Timing and navigation: Often described as the ‘invisible utility’, GPS underpins many of our services which make up the UK’s critical national infrastructure, and accounts for 7% of UK GDP. But what happens if GPS fails, as it often does due to weak and vulnerable signals? Researchers at the Hub are exploiting quantum sensors to develop robust, resilient and independent timing and inertial navigation, which will, among many different applications, underpin navigation systems in ships, cars and trains.

Underpinning technologies: In order to function to real-world applications, quantum sensors need to be compact, light and affordable. Researchers at Glasgow, Southampton and Strathclyde Universities are developing miniaturised components to be used in sensors ensuring seamless transition to everyday lives.

The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) is a UK Government investment in excess of approximately £1b over 10 years, aimed at accelerating the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace, boosting UK business and making a real difference to our everyday lives.

For more information on how to get involved, please visit the registration page.