NQCG is supporting the development of descriptors for broad groups of nanomaterials and nanotechnology vocabularies for use in database development, big data processing, analysis and integration. Example nanocarbon nomenclatures are used for integration of physical/chemical properties and data in computational ontologies. Building model ontologies is a good method to test nomenclatures. For example, integration of numerical data requires a more specific nomenclature than qualitative properties.

Quantum Computing

NQCG’s primary research interest is the realization of quantum simulators capable of complex computations in the fields of nanoscience and continuum mechanics. These two apparently very different fields have in common that their central problems are suitable for analogue computations. After a comprehensive survey of the progress in quantum computing, we trust that laser manipulation of trapped ions is the most promising approach to both large-scale analogue quantum simulators and practical digital quantum computers.

Ontology Engineering

A key concept in the Semantic Web (SW) initiative of the W3C is the notion of ontologies. In the nanoscience and nanotechnology field, there is still no ontology standard in place. The goal is to automate engineering and maintenance of nano-ontology standards for improved data integration and interoperability in order to advance science & technology and bring big savings for the industry and the public sectors. To achieve this we provide a collaborative environment for research, standardization and innovation in nanotechnology and the integration of advanced techniques of ontology design.

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NQCG is developing an open semantic e-infrastructure system and international collaborative environment for open-source research, standardization and innovation in future and emerging convergent technologies and the integration of state-of-the-art techniques of ontology design.