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.

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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. Mar. 18, 2019Quantum illuminates new potential for radar technologyMicrograph of the device used to generate the entangled microwave signals.

    Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) performed the first demonstration of quantum-enhanced noise radar, opening the door to promising advancements in radar technology.

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  2. Mar. 4, 2019The next generation quantum sensorArtist's representation of the interaction of incident single photon pulses and a tapered semiconductor nanowire array.

    Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), led by faculty member Michael Reimer, have developed a new quantum sensor based on semiconductor nanowires that can detect single particles of light with high speed, timing resolution and efficiency over an unparalleled wavelength range, from ultraviolet to near-infrared.

    En français

  3. Mar. 4, 2019New quantum technology projects receive funding boostTransformative Quantum Technologies

    Detecting chemicals in water with quantum sensors and developing new materials to enable topological quantum computing are among the goals of eight projects recently supported by the Quantum Quest Seed Fund (QQSF).

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  1. Mar. 28, 2019Real algebra, random walks, and information theory

    Tobias Fritz, Perimeter Institute

    Similar to how commutative algebra studies rings and their ideals, the protagonists of real algebra are ordered rings. Their interplay between algebra and geometry is studied in terms of Positivstellen- stze, real analogs of the Nullstellensatz, which go back to Artin's solution of Hilbert's 17th problem. I will describe some of the state of the art in this eld, and then introduce a new Positivstellensatz which unies and generalizes several of the existing ones.

  2. Apr. 12, 2019CryptoWorks21 - "So sue me!"

    Speaker: Jacqueline Armstrong Gates

  3. May 14, 2019CryptoWorks21 - Wrap up and overview

    Speaker: Thomas K. Hunter and Neil Henderson


    A lot of different concepts and possibilities have been discussed. The final session will recap those and put them in perspective, with emphasis on the relevance to a "typical" university start up and the people involved.

    This is the final lecture in the CryptoWorks21 Intellectual Property (IP) Management Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Knowledgeable speakers will give in-depth presentations that build on previous sessions.

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Meet our people

Kevin Resch

Interim Director, Faculty, Deputy Director, Academic, Professor

Contact Jeannie Bairos for all Director's office business.

Kevin Resch received the BSc (Hon.) degree in Chemical Physics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, in 1997. He received the MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1998 and 2002 respectively. His Masters and Doctoral theses were based on experimental quantum optics and completed under the supervision of Aephraim Steinberg.

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