Founded in 1743, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with 39,780 students, 261 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 579 professors), 199.64 million euros third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application. In this environment, the research institutions of the university work in co- operation with industry, for example, on establishing a ’Medical Valley’ in the Central-Franconia area, and on developing new materials, mechatronics, and communication and information technologies. The university is closely linked to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and two Fraunhofer institutes located in Erlangen. A Helmholtz Centre was founded in 2013. FAU’s outstanding research and teaching is reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure.
Professor Michael J. Hartman heads the Chair for Quantum Theory at FAU. The group develops software for the simulation of the operation and training of quantum circuits, and conducts theoretical investigations into the capabilities of quantum neural networks.