Combining computer science with physics and biology to create breakthroughs that help the world.
About the team
Computer science and natural science are complementary: breakthroughs in one can lead to remarkable advances in the other. The goal of the Applied Science organization at Google is to cross-fertilize these two fields. There are four main efforts in Applied Science: Quantum Computing, Google Accelerated Science, Climate and Energy, and Scientific Computing Tools.
Quantum Computing uses advances in applied physics to push the state-of-the-art in computation. Google Accelerated Science and Climate and Energy do the opposite: they use the latest advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate progress in natural sciences, including societally-important areas such as biomedical research and zero-carbon energy sources. Finally, we supply Scientific Computing Tools such as Colab to many internal groups to enhance their data and machine learning productivity.
Team focus summaries
Climate and energy
The Climate & Energy team is exploring how to use large-scale computing and machine intelligence to diminish or avoid climate disruption. We partner with fusion companies to accelerate the progress of commercially viable fusion, model techno-economic scenarios for decarbonization, research new techniques for carbon sequestration, and look for novel ways to improve our understanding of earth's ecosystem response to climate change.
The physics team seeks to combine advances in machine learning and other Google technologies to advance our understanding of the physical world. Current projects range from machine learning for scientific computing, developing efficient algorithms for solving nonlinear partial differential equations, applying differentiable algorithms to interpret microscopy data, enabling microscopy on phones, and building algorithms for understanding dysarthric speech.
The Quantum AI Lab is building quantum processors and algorithms to dramatically accelerate computational tasks for machine intelligence. We are developing quantum algorithms with a particular focus on those which can already run on today’s pre-error corrected quantum processors. Quantum algorithms for optimization, sampling, and quantum simulation hold the promise of dramatic speedups over the fastest classical computers.
Accurate computational prediction of chemical processes from the quantum mechanical laws that govern them is a tool that can unlock new frontiers in chemistry, improving a wide variety of industries.
OpenFermion is a library for simulating the systems of interacting electrons (fermions) which give rise to the properties of matter.
The goal of our experiment was to use quantum hardware to efficiently solve the molecular electronic structure problem, which seeks the solution for the lowest energy configuration of electrons in the presence of a given nuclear configuration.
Energy and Environmental Science (EES) (2022)
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 60 (2022), pp. 1-13
Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 92 (2021), pp. 043515
ICML workshop on Climate Change 2021 (2021)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (2021)
Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 126 (2021), pp. 036401
arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.00921 (2020)