Welcome to the Institute for Quantum Computing

The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo. The research happening at IQC harnesses the quantum laws of nature in order to develop powerful new technologies and drive future economies.

What is quantum computing?

Start with our Quantum computing 101 page. It's a quick start guide on quantum computing to help you understand some of the basic principles of quantum mechanics.

Delivering on the quantum promise 

The Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) program at the University of Waterloo aims to advance the use of quantum mechanics from laboratory curiosity to an impactful device. 

  1. May 15, 2019Quantum Cloud Computing with Self-Check

    New Method Enables Powerful Quantum Simulation on Current Hardware

    A quantum co-processor successfully simulated particle physics phenomena on 20 quantum bits and self-verified the result for the first time, according to a new study published in Nature.

  2. May 13, 2019New project builds Canada’s strength in high-risk, high-reward research

    Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researchers Christine Muschik, Rajibul Islam and IQC affiliate Roger Melko received the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) for a joint project that aims to build the first quantum simulation with ions in Canada.

    Awarded in the NFRF’s exploration stream, their project Quantum simulations of fundamental interactions with artificial intelligence, is recognized as an avenue to “generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.”

  3. Apr. 15, 2019Prizes awarded to three Quantum Shorts filmsThree prize-winning films

    The Quantum Shorts film festival is delighted to announce its three top prize winners, selected from a shortlist of ten incredible short films inspired by quantum physics. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), is a scientific partner of the festival.

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  1. May 22, 2019Ally Skills Workshop

    What makes someone a good ally? How can you use your privilege to stand up and support others?

  2. May 22, 2019Seminar featuring Virginia Frey

    The University of Sydney

    Talk given by visitor Virginia Frey

    Optimally band-limited controls for simultaneous multi-axis quantum sensing


  3. May 23, 2019A Case Study in Patent Development: Quantum Random Number GeneratorTransformative Quantum Technologies

    This presentation will delve into a practical example of a patent procedure associated to a specific quantum technology: quantum random number generator. We will explore the specifics of the technology and its applications, review previously existing approaches and define the inventive step, explore the phrasing of the claims, and revisit the prior patents from the freedom-to-operate point of view.

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Meet our people

David Gosset

Faculty, Associate Professor

David Gosset joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo on August 1, 2018.

Gosset received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 2011 under the supervision of Edward Farhi. His doctoral work focused on the power and limitations of quantum adiabatic algorithms. This spurred his interest in the computer science perspective on physics and its application to models of computation, the computational complexity of quantum many-body systems, and quantum algorithms.

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