aQuantum leads a Consortium to carry out the project “QHealth: Quantum pharmacogenomics applied to aging“, contributing to increasing longevity with good quality of life.
Quantum computing could contribute considerably to solve health problems considered unsolvable by classical computing, in areas such as drug design, genomics analysis or personalized and precision medicine.
However, quantum computer science is not enough. Quantum algorithms must be coded, while the corresponding applications must be analysed, designed and programmed using solid software engineering principles and techniques. This need is in fact the motivation of the Talavera Manifesto promoted by aQuantum.
The Alarcos Group of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), with a strong international experience in software engineering, will research new methods, techniques, and models for assuring the quality of health quantum software applications. The main interesting areas in this sense, are the development of the artifacts required for a hybrid classical/quantum platform specialized in health services and the migration of the existing classical health systems to new quantum environments. Also, it is very important to develop test techniques and software quality models and metrics for assure quantum applications quality. It will be also created a set of KPI related to development management and governance, essential in a new paradigm such as quantum computing.
As Mario Piattini, Guido Peterssen and Ricardo Pérez-Castillo claim, quantum computing will be the main driver for a new software engineering golden age during the present decade; which is especially important in critical fields such as medical applications.