The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology, a ten-year initiative, will be established at, and managed by, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. It has a total budget of around 1 billion Swedish krona, of which 600 million krona will come from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Further funding is coming from industry, Chalmers University of Technology and other universities.
“It is extremely pleasing that the Foundation is making this long-term investment. It will allow us to build broad competence in quantum technology in Sweden, and give us the opportunity to develop a Swedish quantum computer,” said Professor Per Delsing, Program Director at the new center, in a statement when the donation was announced.
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is also donating 1 billion Swedish krona to the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) to strengthen AI research. Chalmers is one of the participating universities in WASP. The focus will be on key AI fields: mathematics, machine learning and deep learning. Again, additional funding will come from Swedish universities and companies.
In total the AI and quantum computing grants will result in around 200 new PhD students, and personnel for up to 40 new research teams.