QSH - Quantum computing for shipping and maritime logistics in Hamburg

Project Description


Maritime logistics is a complex system with many factors that need to be taken into account. These include, for example, the availability of ships and cargo, current market conditions or local legal regulations. Mathematical optimization can increase the efficiency of processes in maritime logistics as it makes it possible to solve complex decision problems while taking all relevant factors into account.

However, conventional, classical computers can reach their limits when it comes to hard optimization problems, such as those used in routing, scheduling or warehouse management. Quantum computing has the potential to overcome the high complexity of some problems. It is assumed that in the future quantum algorithms will be able to solve combinatorial optimization problems faster and better.


Project objectives:

In the QSH project, the Fraunhofer CML is supporting the city of Hamburg in qualifying industry for the prospective quantum age. The potential of quantum computing is to be assessed, particularly in shipping and maritime logistics, so that the knowledge gained can be put to profitable use.

To this end, optimization problems from operational and strategic challenges are identified, formalized and examined with regard to the practical use of quantum computing. Classical, hybrid (classical and quantum) and quantum algorithms are then developed and implemented as prototypical solutions. Customly developed demonstrators provide low-threshold access to quantum computing as well as an insight into the current state of research and available hardware.


Tasks of the CML:

  • Identification and mathematical formalization of relevant maritime problems
  • Problem-specific potential assessment for the use of quantum computing
  • Development of classical, hybrid and quantum algorithms
  • Benchmarking
  • Implementation in prototypes