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Empowering global energy: AUS student's quantum vision showcased at OQI
Omar Al-Khazali, a student at American University of Sharjah (AUS), has a story that extends beyond academic excellence. He is a forward-thinking individual making contributions in the realm of quantum computing, notably marked by his participation in the Open Quantum Institute (OQI) event at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
An initiative hosted by CERN and designed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator in Switzerland, OQI seeks to inclusively unleash the powers of quantum computing to ensure that the whole world contributes to and benefits from quantum computing through supporting projects that use quantum computing for the benefit of all.
Leveraging his knowledge from his double major in mathematics and computer science at AUS, Al-Khazali's project, Smart Current, utilizes advanced quantum computing algorithms based on computational topology to perform a comprehensive analysis of power grids. This approach aims to pinpoint problematic clusters within the grids, offering more effective power management solutions and reducing the risk of blackouts.
"The essence of Smart Current is to harness the power of quantum computing to create a more stable and efficient power grid system. It's about making a real difference in how we manage and distribute energy," Al-Khazali said.
During the OQI event, Al-Khazali presented his work to an audience of ministers, UN officials and academics from around the world, bringing his project to a global stage.
"Presenting at the OQI was a surreal experience. It was a platform that not only highlighted our project but also allowed us to engage with key global leaders and thinkers," Al-Khazali remarked.
Al-Khazali’s team comprised students from globally recognized universities such as ETH Zürich, National University of Singapore, University of California Berkeley, Ajman University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Palestine Polytechnic University and Khalifa University, reflecting the project's international scope. This talented group earned their spot at the OQI event by winning the First Place award and the Audience Choice Award at the New York University Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for Social Good in April 2023.
In the face of global sustainable development challenges, young visionaries like Al-Khazali are leading advancements in quantum computing for societal good. This innovative ethos is mirrored by the AUS College of Engineering, which is at the forefront of fostering technological breakthroughs and solutions for critical global issues. To know more, visit www.aus.edu/cen.