April 17, 2023

IESE Students Using Multiverse Computing Software to Explore Possibilities of Quantum Algorithms


Singularity, the company’s quantum computing software as a service (qSaaS) platform, solves real challenges for large enterprises across all industries by allowing users to leverage quantum computing directly through Microsoft Excel. IESE used the software in a recent class at its Madrid campus with over 100 students who were able to demonstrate that quantum solutions can do a better job solving specific problems than previously proposed classical solutions. The add-in can be accessed via Excel through both Mac and Windows systems and requires no prior quantum computing knowledge. It is the first of its kind for solving real-world problems using quantum classifiers.

IESE is dedicated to inspiring leaders through global business programs and thought leadership based on relevant research. The institution has consistently been recognized as one of the top business schools in the world by major business publications. IESE has campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, New York and Sao Paulo and an extensive network of associated schools worldwide in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

“IESE is one of the first business schools to add quantum computing in the classroom using Multiverse’s technology,” said Roberto García-Castro, professor and Head of the Managerial Decision Sciences Department at IESE Business School. “Our students were thrilled to learn how quantum computing can more effectively solve prediction problems. Multiverse Computing’s tools allowed students to see the power of this emerging technology during a standard 75 minutes IESE session without needing any prior quantum experience. We look forward to incorporating the software in future classes.”

The classroom problem focused on the global financial crisis of 2008, which forced financial institutions to increase the rigor of its banking practices. As the availability of credit became limited, banks tightened their lending systems and needed to anticipate risky loans more accurately. Data science teams were created to assess whether clients could repay their loans within the stipulated time.

In class, the IESE students formulated the challenge as a machine learning problem and proposed a classification algorithm that considered the default status of the client based on characteristics such as a client’s checking balance and work status as well as the loan amount and duration, among other factors. This use case is an inherently complex problem due to the multiple factors at play. Using the proposed classical machine learning algorithm, the students were able to correctly forecast 74% of all loan defaults.

Using Multiverse Computing’s Singularity Excel add-in, the IESE students were able to solve the same problem using a quantum machine learning algorithm on a D-Wave quantum machine with 54 active qubits. During the in-class demo, students achieved an accuracy of 78%. Using larger datasets and additional Multiverse Computing’s algorithms, accuracy can reach about 90% in some cases.

Even in those cases where the quantum algorithm is less accurate than traditional ones, there is another hidden advantage: quantum algorithms only require a very small fraction of the energy consumed by classical computers to solve complex problems. In the current context of energy restrictions worldwide, this crucial advantage might prove to be the key feature that will accelerate the quantum revolution.

“Singularity was designed for anyone to harness the power of quantum computing and we are proud to see it in action,” said Enrique Lizaso, CEO of Multiverse Computing, and an IESE Business School graduate. “IESE is pioneering the use of quantum technology in the classroom, and we look forward to more educational institutions following in its footsteps.”

To learn more about Multiverse Computing, visit https://multiversecomputing.com/. To learn more about Singularity, view this video overview.

Article by The Quantum Insider here.