Quantum computing has advanced in recent years to the point that there are now some quantum computers and quantum simulators available to the public for use. In addition, quantum computing is beginning to receive attention within the process systems engineering community for directions such as machine learning and optimization. A logical next step for its evaluation within process systems engineering is for control, specifically for computing control actions to be applied to process systems. In this work, we provide some initial studies regarding the implementation of control on quantum computers, including the implementation of a single-input/single-output proportional control law on a quantum simulator with noise, evaluation of potential impacts of nondeterminism on theory for advanced control laws, and discussion of consequences of the way that entanglement works for next-generation manufacturing communication objectives.
Controls and Control Theory | Information Security | Process Control and Systems
Nieman, K., K. K. Rangan and H. Durand. 2022. "Control Implemented on Quantum Computers: Effects of Noise, Non-Determinism, and Entanglement," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 61(28), 10133–10155. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.2c00454. (K. Nieman and K. K. Rangan contributed equally to this manuscript.)