Drug simulation, climate change, human genome, brain circuitry, etc. all have something in common. It takes 12 years to produce one drug, in the next 10 years the effects climate change could be irreversible, we only understand a portion of our DNA and we still don’t understand how our most important organ works at a deeper level. These are some of the world’s hardest problems that we cannot even start to breakdown using our current computational power.

Quantum computers allow humans the possibility to unlock massive amounts of computational power while machine learning gives computers the capability to make decisions like humans. I am leveraging Quantum Machine Learning to attempt to solve the world’s hardest problems.

I am using IBM’s Qiskit software to run quantum support vector machine kernel algorithm. Support vector machines help computers classify between different types of objects (cats & dogs) and can project complex data structures into higher dimensions for accurate classification. IBM has translated this machine learning algorithm into a quantum circuit which allows this to have a quantum advantage/speedup. I simulated a classification of the Breast Cancer dataset determining if cells are malignant or benign.

Machine learning algorithm is broken down into quantum gates which manipulate superconducting qubits to process and classify data.

When quantum hardware becomes better, more complex classification can be done to help find hidden patterns within massive loads of data. This will help solve extremely difficult problems and I want to be at the forefront of development.

What inspired you (or your team)? 

I have always been fascinated with how the world works and unraveling the mysteries of the universe. When I learnt about quantum computing I was blown away by the potential this technology has to change our world and open the doors to a new wave of computing.

Quantum computers allow you to basically do computations on objects that are size of an atom. After attending the world’s first quantum computing hackathon I was extremely motivated to learn about quantum programming. You can visit my website to see all my projects: http://tanishabassan.ca/.

Then for the past couple months I started attending a grad course at the University of Toronto where my final project for the course is on Quantum Machine Learning. The intersections of two extremely powerful technologies has the capability to impact all industries and attempt at solving some of the mysteries I was always curious about as a child.

I am passionate about becoming a quantum computing engineer so I can solve the world’s hardest problems and unlock the hidden possibilities of using nature for computational problems.

I was extremely lucky to share my work thus far in the Dubai tech community and continue working with world-class professors who guide me in my journey.