HEISINGBERG relies on well-known European Universities, Research Institutes, leading SMEs, and high potential start-ups. The consortium is a well-balanced team combining quantum and photonic expertise, business know-how and deep technical and theoretical insights. This ensures that the partners are well positioned to cooperate and collaborate to respond to the scientific, and technological challenges in the optical spin Hamiltonian simulator domain. The consortium is balanced between research, academia, and industry in order to achieve cutting-edge contributions. Partners of HEISINGBERG have been selected not only for their ability to perform the project’s objectives, but also because of their experience and background that creates a strong and solid basis for ensuring the project’s success. Several of the partners have worked together already in the context of other EU projects, which will help speed up a number of operational and procedural aspects. 

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UBI is the project coordinator (WP1 leader), leveraging on its experience in managing large scale international projects. UΒΙ will also be heavily involved in the implementation of the control software and online portal providing access to external users (WP5 leader).

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SAP is the project scientific coordinator and will also lead the deployment of the coherent XY photonic simulator machine and incorporate the mature scientific advances in the system. (WP2 leader)


FORTH is the project technical coordinator and will participate in HEISINGBERG with a dual role. It provides its experimental experience in quantum light states preparation and characterization and will implement the smallscale demonstration of driving the HEISINGBERG device with quantum light. FORTH will also be leading the communication and dissemination activities, as well as the portfolio activities. (WP6 and WP7 leader).

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QUBI will participate in the development of the XY photonic simulator prototype that will be made available through the online portal, as well as to coordinate the interactions between the technical development and technological integration of the machine hardware, software, and annealing algorithms. 

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CAM will be leading the scientific effort regarding the annealing algorithms development in order to make the connections between the XY machine architecture and real-life problems in such a way that (1) an optimal mapping is achieved, (2) the parameters of operation are optimised, (3) the performance scaling of the HEISINGBERG machine is extrapolated. (WP3 leader)

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CSIC will provide the theoretical framework investigating the quantum advantage of the optical XY machine by using quantum light to illuminate the SLM and upgrade measurements to quantum observables, such as photon correlations and quantum tomography. (WP4 leader)