Quantum computing experts explore potential applications and how employees can prepare for the quantum revolution.

Igniting the Quantum Spark: YLAB, EXPEC ARC Team Up to Empower Young Professionals

Predicting the widespread adoption of quantum computing in the coming years, the Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB), with the support of EXPEC ARC, recently organized a speaker panel on the topic as part of the YLAB Café series.

The event, held at Ithra’s Idea Lab, included an enlightening dialogue with Marcin Dukalski, a recognized quantum computing expert from Aramco's Delft research center in the Netherlands, and Halah Al-Asmari, a quantum technology researcher from EXPEC ARC, moderated by YLAB’s Abdulaziz Alghamdi. The two experts explored the potential applications of quantum computing and how today’s employees can prepare for the quantum revolution.

Transforming Careers

Dukalski and Al-Asmari also examined Aramco’s adoption of the technology, including several success stories from Upstream. They highlighted its relevance to the energy industry and also specifically to the aspirations and career trajectories of youth.

“As this technology becomes more mature, it has the potential to reshape problem-solving in engineering, geosciences, logistics, and more.”

Marcin Dukalski

“Therefore, it is vital for today’s employees to understand what this technology is capable of and how it will transform future careers,” he added.

An engaging question-and-answer segment helped improve understanding about the maturity of quantum technology, what problems it is best suited to tackle, and the barriers to its successful adoption.

Attendees included young professionals from different organizations, spanning Upstream, Downstream, Technical Services, and Corporate Services.

Quantum computing is a new type of computing, vastly different from what we’ve known, and powered by the principles of quantum physics. It is not intended to replace classical computing, but it will provide a gateway for tackling complex problems that are intractable to traditional computing techniques.

Quantum computing’s primary strength lies in solving complex optimization problems. It achieves this by simulating a vast array of potential outcomes to identify the most optimal solutions. This capability has major implications for research and practical applications across various fields, where classical computing might fail due to the complexity or size of the problems.

Global Challenges and Data Security

In practical terms, quantum computing can revolutionize operations in critical areas such as global trade.

Consider port operations, for instance, which are vital for maintaining efficient supply chains. Quantum algorithms can significantly improve the efficiency of loading and unloading processes in ports by analyzing and optimizing various factors such as vessel capacity, cargo types, storage availability, and vessel scheduling.

There are already some examples suggesting that, in general, applying quantum computing to a classical computing problem can result in a solution that is 15% to 20% better.

Alongside advancements in optimization, quantum technology also promises developments in data security. It offers new techniques to establish secure communication protocols that are virtually immune to conventional hacking methods. In this way, the rise of quantum technology will result in a new era of cybersecurity.

The discussion, which was hosted by YLAB with its blend of expert insights and active youth engagement, reaffirms Aramco's commitment to staying at the nexus of technological evolution and employee empowerment.

— The Arabian Sun: February 27, 2024