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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. Sep. 18, 2017Scalable quantum computers within reachChip-to-chip bonding: Sketch and images of fabricated devices. Credit: M. Mariantoni and C.R. H. McRae.

    Quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence, quantum-safe cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems all rely on the power of quantum computing.

    A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have taken a step closer to realizing the powerful possibilities of a universal quantum computer. The Laboratory for Digital Quantum Matter, led by faculty member Matteo Mariantoni, is developing technologies for extensible quantum computing architectures based on superconducting quantum devices.

  2. Sep. 14, 2017New research chair in quantum error correctionRaymond Laflamme

    New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies.  

    WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, September 14) The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

  3. Aug. 24, 2017Women in physics: support networks, role models and relationshipsGroup photo of all Women in Physics Conference Canada attendees

    Annual conference held at Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing

    It’s well-known that more diversity among scientists will mean better outcomes for society.

    And while passion will ultimately help scientists who belong to a marginalized group, women and others will also need a strong support network, role models and a good relationship with an academic supervisor, according to female scientists who shared their experiences at the recent Women in Physics Canada (WIPC) conference held at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing.

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  1. Sep. 18 to 21, 2017Quantum Innovators in computer science and mathQuantum Innovators logo

    The Quantum Innovators in Computer Science and Mathematics workshop brings together promising young researchers working on theoretical aspects of quantum information and computation in computer science and mathematics.

  2. Sep. 22, 2017RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar SeriesMorgan Mastrovich

    Producing Polarization Entangled States Using a Bright Single Photon Source

    Morgan Mastrovich, Master's Student

  3. Sep. 25, 2017Seminar: Aging and Domain Growth in the Spin Glass Copper Manganese

    Daniel Tennant - University of Texas, Austin

    I will report on dynamical magnetic susceptibility measurements of
    both bulk and thin film samples of the spin glass Copper Manganese.
    By studying the Thermoremanent Magnetization (TRM) of multi-layer thin
    films of various thicknesses, we are able to show the maximum energy
    barrier encountered during correlated spin flip transitions is cut off
    by the thickness of the film and is independent of temperature. The

All upcoming events
  1. Nov. 8, 2016Launching QUANTUM: The ExhibitionSpecial guests at the launch of QUANTUM: The Exhibition holding a sign with the hashtag #quantumkw

    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.

  2. 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.

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

    Sep. 19 - Sep. 21, 2016

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Meet our people

Adam Wei Tsen


Professor Adam Wei Tsen joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor in 2016.

After receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, as well as a BS in Engineering Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, he completed his PhD in Applied Physics at Cornell University under the guidance of Jiwoong Park.

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