Introduction to Quantum Computing

In this course, we will introduce concepts of quantum computing to participants. This will include the principles of quantum physics, and their application to computing. Participants will learn how quantum effects can be used to design logic gates. Participants will gain an appreciation of how quantum differs from classic gates and how they can be used in quantum algorithms. They will have a firsthand experience in implementing quantum logic gates (using IBM Q circuit composer and Qiskit).

We will discuss how these quantum algorithms differ from those supported by classical computers. We will discover how these techniques can be applied in optimisation problems, and cryptography domains.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to / can expect to:

  1. Have a basic understanding of quantum physics and how they are used in quantum computing.
  2. Learn how a quantum gate differ from classical logic gate.
  3. Learn about various quantum gates (E.g. Hadamard, Pauli gates, Controlled NOT etc).
  4. Compose simple scores on IBM Q and observe their computational results.
  5. Appreciate how these gates can lead to the development of quantum algorithms.
  6. Apply quantum algorithms to solve optimisation and cryptographic problems.

Course Details

Course Dates:
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2 days, 9am-5pm


Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who have an interest to understand what is quantum computing and how it is used.


  • Basic mathematics knowledge
  • Some understanding of computer science

Programme Outline

Day 1
  • Basic introduction to the development of Quantum Mechanics
  • Computer organisation
  • Quantum Gates
  • Superposition
  • Entanglement
  • Design and implementation of a Quantum Computer
  • Introduction to IBM Q Circuit Composer
  • Implement small quantum circuit
Day 2
  • Quantum Teleportation
  • Quantum Repeaters
  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm
  • Grover’s Algorithm
  • Shor's Algorithm
  • Quantum entanglement in communication systems

Participants will be assessed by written assessment.


Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

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SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

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Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

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Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

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The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Dario Poletti
Head of Cluster, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Associate Professor, and Programme Director for the SUTD Honours and Research Programme (SHARP)

Dario obtained a joint PhD in Physics from the National University of Singapore and Australian National University in 2009. In 2005, he obtained his MEng in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and MEng in Applied Physics from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has worked as a research fellow at the Center for Quantum Technologies, at Ecole Polytechnique and at the University of Geneva. He holds the designation of Associate Head of Cluster for Graduate Programme and Research in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Cluster in SUTD and he is the Director of the SUTD Honours and Research Programme. His interests lie in the physics of quantum complex systems and on the numerical methods used to study them.

Antonios Varvitsiotis
Assistant Professor, ESD

Dr Varvitsiotis received a PhD in Mathematical Optimization from the Dutch National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). Prior to joining SUTD he held Research Fellow positions at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (Computer Science group) and the National University of Singapore (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering). He also holds a MSc degree in Theoretical Computer Science and a BSc in Applied and Theoretical Mathematics, both from the National University of Athens in Greece. Dr Varvitsiotis’ research is focused on fundamental aspects of continuous and discrete optimisation, motivated by real-life applications in data science, machine learning, engineering, and quantum information.

Wu Chunfeng
Senior Lecturer, SMT

Chunfeng possesses a PhD in Physics from the National University of Singapore and a MSc in Physics from Northeast Normal University, China. She holds the designation of Senior Lecturer in the Science, Mathematics and Technology cluster in SUTD. Her research mainly focuses on quantum physics, especially quantum information and computation. Specific research areas include quantum optics and its application in quantum computation and simulation, quantum correlations, and quantum decoherence and quantum control.


Ian Loe
Adjunct Senior Fellow, SUTD Academy
Singapore University of Technology & Design

Ian has more than 27 years of experience in various senior IT management roles developing IT strategic plans and driving IT transformation across areas such as Cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, Data engineering and Enterprise Architecture.
He has held other senior appointments such as Director, Government Cybersecurity Operations and was responsible for managing cybersecurity operations for the whole of government in Singapore, which includes the monitoring of and response to cybersecurity incidents. He is also an regular industry speaker on cybersecurity topics.

Career Highlights
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a multi-national organisation in over 11 countries.
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and SVP, Cybersecurity (CISO) for a conglomerate managing 9 enterprises.
  • Transform traditional IT to a modern organisation using cloud native technologies and hyper-converged infrastructure.
  • Designed, built and operated large scale operation centres for security and infrastructure monitoring.
  • Revitalised application teams by implementing end-to-end DevSecOps framework and processes for continuous integration delivery of applications securely.
Thought Leadership
  • Developed Intellectual Capital on SOA Governance for IBM to be used by worldwide practitioners. (USPTO #8244548)
  • Co-authored a patent on voice to calendar integration. (IP.COM disclosure number: IPCOM000183540D)
  • Authored 2 books on Cybersecurity Architecture and Modern Secured Networks.
  • Introduced and implemented design discipline and skills such as “Architectural Thinking” to corporate software development practices.
  • Active Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design teaching advanced topic on Cybersecurity (including digital forensics), Architecture, Quantum Computing and Systems Thinking.
  • Authored security reference architecture for microservices and serverless design.
  • Introduced formal architecture practices and processes to a Fortune 500 company.
  • Introduced and laid groundwork for implementation of Service Oriented Architecture on both distributed systems and mainframe platforms.
  • Certified in Cloud Security as early as 2010.
  • Certified as an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and also the first Certified Trainer for Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) in South and Southeast Asia.

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