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Welcome to the Institute for Quantum Computing

Faculty positions - apply nowThe 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.

If you are new to all things quantum, you may want to see our Quantum computing 101 page. It will provide you with a quickstart guide on quantum computing to help you understand some of the research that happens at IQC.

  1. Oct. 18, 2016New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to realityA quantum socket

    Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

  2. Oct. 17, 2016IQC welcomes Jon Yard as new faculty member

    Jon Yard joins the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as Associate Professor from Microsoft’s Research Station Q team. He is jointly appointed with the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the Faculty of Mathematics and as an Associate Faculty member with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI).

  3. Oct. 13, 2016UWaterloo exhibition sparks curiosity in quantum scienceImage of Schrödinger's Cat

    A new science exhibition from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) aims to make quantum science and technology more accessible for everyone.

    QUANTUM: The Exhibition features interactive activities, games and videos to engage visitors in quantum concepts including superposition, entanglement and wave/particle duality. It opens to the public on Friday, October 14 at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener and runs until January 2017.

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  1. Oct. 28, 2016RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar Series: Pol Forn Diaz

    Title TBA

    If you're coming from the Lazaridis Centre, take the 11:35am shuttle from QNC to RAC1, and they can return to QNC from RAC1 @ 1:15pm.

    A light lunch will be provided.

  2. Oct. 31, 2016Colloquium: Martin Suchara

    Efficient Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

    Martin Suchara, AT&T Labs Research

    Quantum error correction presents some of the most significant and interesting challenges that must be resolved before building an efficient quantum computer. Quantum error correcting codes allow to successfully run quantum algorithms on unreliable quantum hardware. Because quantum hardware suffers from errors such as decoherence, leakage or qubit loss, and these errors corrupt delicate quantum states rather than binary information, the known error correction techniques are complex and have a high overhead. 

  3. Nov. 7, 2016Colloquium: William Oliver

    Quantum Engineering of Superconducting Qubits

    William Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Superconducting qubits are coherent artificial atoms assembled from electrical circuit elements and microwave optical components. Their lithographic scalability, compatibility with microwave control, and operability at nanosecond time scales all converge to make the superconducting qubit a highly attractive candidate for the constituent logical elements of a quantum information processor. 

All upcoming events
  1. Oct. 11, 2016Alumna Sarah Sheldon on the IBM Quantum ExperienceSarah Sheldon with the USEQIP students

    On Tuesday, June 7, 24 students attending the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP) at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) used the IBM Quantum Experience to test algorithms that they were learning about in the classroom. Former IQC  PhD student, Dr. Sarah Sheldon, now a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, introduced the students to the platform, assisted them in working through examples and described the inner workings of IBM’s quantum processor.

  2. Sept. 27, 2016The 4th ETSI/IQC Workshop on Quantum Safe Cryptography, TorontoETSI/IQC workshop in progress

    Sep. 19 - Sep. 21, 2016

  3. Sept. 13, 2016Specialized Quantum ComputingAttendees of the Semi-Quantum Computing workshop in 2016

    On August 16-17 we organized (the first1) workshop on Semi-Quantum computing. It was a chance to discuss different approaches towards the first demonstration of a real quantum computational advantage. The approaches are seemingly very different, but many open challenges turn out to be similar.

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Meet our people

Kevin Resch
Faculty, Deputy Director, Academic, Associate Professor

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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