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. Nov. 19, 2020Training machine intelligence for quantum control

    Advanced simulations may one day be able to help us explore new frontiers in atomic physics, build new materials and discover new drugs. But first, researchers must find the best ways to control these simulations. New research featured on the cover of Nature Machine Intelligence explores machine learning as a method for achieving optimal control.

  2. Nov. 6, 2020Joint Canada-UK funding boosts quantum technology projects

    En français

    Three Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) leads are among the recipients of a joint Canada-UK grant that brings together industry, government and academia to accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

  3. Oct. 29, 2020A new platform for quantum simulation

    En français

    A platform based on trapped atoms lays the groundwork for a broad range of quantum technologies and fundamental quantum research.

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  1. Nov. 25, 2020Quantum simulators for nuclear and particle physics: progress, challenges, and future

    Joint PI/IQC Colloquium featuring Zohreh Davoudi University of Maryland, College Park

    A vibrant program has formed in recent years in various scientific disciplines to take advantage of near-term and future quantum-simulation and quantum-computing hardware to study complex quantum many-body systems, building upon the vision of Richard Feynman for quantum simulation.

  2. Nov. 30, 2020Quantum memory and manipulation with cold and ultracold atomic ensembles

    Colloquium featuring Lindsay LeBlanc University of Alberta - Zoom

    The ability to store and manipulate quantum information encoded in electromagnetic (often optical) signals represents one of the key tasks for quantum communications and computation schemes.

  3. Dec. 7, 2020Grand unification of quantum algorithms

    Colloquium featuring Isaac Chuang - MIT

    The three main branches of quantum algorithms, for simulation, search, and factoring, hold historically disparate origins. Today, we can now understand and appreciate all of these as being instances of the quantum singular value transformation algorithm of Gilyen, Su, Low, and Weibe. This unified framework, and the surprisingly universal role of single-qubit dynamics, open doors to many new quantum algorithms and opportunities for quantum advantage.

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