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. Mar. 22, 2021Institute for Quantum Computing joins 50 – 30 challenge

    The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo is proud to announce our membership in the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 50 – 30 Challenge. The 50 – 30 Challenge is a program between the Government of Canada, businesses and diversity organizations with a goal to achieve both gender parity and increased presence of underrepresented groups on boards and in senior levels of management.

  2. Mar. 4, 2021Quantum Shorts festival announces three film winners

    “I am Andra. Number 2342. In a few hours I will cease to exist,” opens the short film Gods. The futuristic fantasy film, bringing us the last message of a civilisation that deciphered the secrets of quantum physics, has taken First Prize in the Quantum Shorts festival.

  3. Feb. 18, 2021Quantum-inspired techniques hit new limits for time measurement

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    The precise measurement of time delays and colour differences is the core of many modern technologies, including spectroscopy and radar. Research conducted by John Donohue, Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), is using quantum-inspired techniques to achieve a new level of precision of measurement.

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  1. Apr. 20, 2021Fireside Chat with Alan Jamison

    Join us for casual conversations with quantum researchers.

    Alan Jamison, Assistant Professor at IQC and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo, joins us for our next virtual Fireside Chat. We’ll talk about working under a Nobel laureate, teaching online before it was cool, and how to chill a molecule to nearly absolute zero.

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