On October 19th, 2021, the 2nd Quantum Software Engineering and Technology Workshop (QSET) organized by aQuantum took place co-located with IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (IEEE Quantum Week).

In this workshop several researchers and practitioners coming from the industry and academia participated, that came up with innovative and significant advances or experiences in the field of Quantum Software Engineering and Technology. During the sessions multiple countries were represented as there were speakers from USA, France, Germany, Austria, UK, Brazil, Spain, etc., indicating the worldwide importance of the topics discussed at the meeting, and confirming the upward trend of quantum software engineering.

The objective of the workshop was to raise awareness that the time has come to address quantum software production by applying knowledge and lessons learned in the field of software engineering. This involves applying or adapting existing software engineering processes, methods, techniques, practices and principles to quantum software development, or even creating new methods and techniques.

In the first session, after discussing the Talavera Manifesto for Quantum Software Engineering and Programming, the keynote speaker, Dr. Juan Manuel Murillo gave an interesting talk about the current status of Quantum Service Oriented Computing and made some interesting remarks about the challenges and opportunities of this type of computing.

In the next sessions the status of quantum cloud applications, cybersecurity in the quantum world, hybrid quantum systems, formal quantum software engineering and several quantum development techniques were discussed. Also, the QuantumPath®  platform for developing truly real agnostic quantum systems. was presented.

At the end of the workshop several conclusions were highlighted, such as that we are at a unique moment in computing with the beginning of a new quantum software era and that quantum software engineering methods are necessary to achieve quality, useful and error-free applications. However, given the youth of this type of systems, there is still a long way to go.

The complete QuSET program  can be accessed here.

Congratulations to the aQuantum Team for the excellent work done in this Workshop.