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.
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.
- Oct. 17, 2017
Faculty member Norbert Lütkenhaus has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is recognized for his “pioneering theoretical contributions to the fields of quantum secure communications and optical quantum information processing.”
- Oct. 12, 2017
Nine Waterloo researchers will receive more than $17 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation(CFI) for infrastructure to support their research.
The awards from CFI’s Innovation Fund were announced today by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. Waterloo researchers chosen for funding through the Innovation Fund are:
- Oct. 11, 2017
The Institute for Quantum Computing is pleased to announce a call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. The competition is open to stories up to 1000 words long that take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”. The competition is free to enter, offering prizes of up to US $1500.
- Oct. 19, 2017
Back by popular demand, CryptoWorks21 will once again launch the Intellectual Property (IP) Management Lunch and Learn Lecture Series! Our knowledgeable speakers will provide more in-depth presentation built from the previous sessions.
The lectures are designed for researchers working in areas related to information technology, including cryptography and quantum technology.
- Nov. 6, 2017
Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland/Joint Quantum Institute
There are tremendous efforts underway to better understand systems with topological order --- global properties that are not discernible locally. The best-known examples are quantum Hall effects in electronic systems, where insensitivity to local properties manifests itself as conductance through edge states which are insensitive to defects and disorder.
- Nov. 16, 2017
Speaker: Jeffrey Wong
Abstract: Is your work new, and is it useful? Who else knows about it, and how? These are fundamental questions to whether or not a patent can be obtained. Is your idea abstract or tangible? Can software be patented, and if so how? This lecture will cover the criteria for patentability, the process for obtaining a patent and the timeline, and the costs and strategies involved in developing a patent portfolio.
- Nov. 8, 2016
On August 30, Martin Laforest wrote a blog post about how to create a 4,000 square foot museum exhibition about an invisible science. That exhibition, QUANTUM: The Exhibition, came to life at THEMUSEUM for an invitation-only premiere on October 13, 2016 and then for the general public the next day.
- Oct. 11, 2016
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.
- Sep. 27, 2016
Sep. 19 - Sep. 21, 2016