Call for Papers: Special Issue on Quantum Software and its Engineering

IEEE Software seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 10 October 2024

Important Dates

  • Submissions Deadline: 10 October 2024
  • Publication: July/August 2025

Nowadays quantum computers are increasingly available to a larger community. While quantum computing hardware and software is still in its infancy, it is foreseeable that the technology will become established for specific problems. Prominent examples are factorization of integers and database search, amongst others. Researchers and companies worldwide are looking into how quantum computers can benefit them in the future. This is a difficult task, because developing software to solve real life problems on quantum computers requires knowledge in very different disciplines, including quantum physics and software engineering, and carefully designing quantum and conventional parts of the software. This special issue aims to give an overview of this emerging topic, highlight current research in this field and share experience of key players of the field at the current state-of-the-art.

We invite papers covering any aspect of Quantum Software and its Engineering including, but not limited to:

  • Compilation of quantum algorithms, circuit synthesis and -optimization
  • Tools for quantum software development
  • Programming languages for quantum computers
  • Test methods including software verification and validation, as well as quantum software quality in general
  • Empirical studies on quantum software engineering
  • Benchmarking quantum computing with software and noise models
  • Various aspects of quantum software engineering, at all phases of the software lifecycle like analysis, design, implementation, testing, deployment, or maintenance
  • Early applications of quantum error correction, quantum error mitigation
  • Software for noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) computers
  • Matching quantum software requirements and hardware capabilities, e.g. embedding problems
  • Software for applications of quantum computing
  • Experience reports on current challenges and limitations
  • Quantum computing services
  • Hybrid software systems combining classical and quantum computing

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must not exceed 4,200 words, including figures and tables, which count for 250 words each. Submissions in excess of these limits may be rejected without refereeing. The articles we deem within the theme and scope will be peer reviewed and are subject to editing for magazine style, clarity, organization, and space. Be sure to include the name of the theme you’re submitting for. Articles should have a practical orientation and be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Overly complex, purely research-oriented, or highly theoretical aren’t appropriate, however articles providing scientific evidence are welcome if they focus on practical and industrial contexts. IEEE Software doesn’t republish material published previously in other venues, including other periodicals and formal conference or workshop proceedings, whether previous publication was in print or electronic form.



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