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. June 7, 2019Building the source for quantum encryption: A perfect proposal

    The future is quantum, and it needs to be “perfect” if we are going to trust our security and data with it.

  2. May 15, 2019Quantum Cloud Computing with Self-Check

    New Method Enables Powerful Quantum Simulation on Current Hardware

    A quantum co-processor successfully simulated particle physics phenomena on 20 quantum bits and self-verified the result for the first time, according to a new study published in Nature.

  3. May 13, 2019New project builds Canada’s strength in high-risk, high-reward research

    Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researchers Christine Muschik, Rajibul Islam and IQC affiliate Roger Melko received the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) for a joint project that aims to build the first quantum simulation with ions in Canada.

    Awarded in the NFRF’s exploration stream, their project Quantum simulations of fundamental interactions with artificial intelligence, is recognized as an avenue to “generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.”

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  1. June 17, 2019IQC Colloquium - Adam Bene Watts - MIT

    A separation between QNC0 and AC0

    Previously, Bravyi, Gosset and Konig (Science 2018) showed a separation between constant depth quantum circuits and constant depth classical circuits with bounded fanin. We find a related problem which separates shallow classical and quantum circuits even if the classical circuit has unbounded fan-in AND gates. The problem is based on a technique borrowed from measurement based quantum computation which allows us to construct a cat state with Pauli errors in constant depth.

  2. June 19, 2019Nonlocality in quantum kicked top and its connection to symmetric extension

    Meenu Kumari

    Nonlocality is a useful quantum resource in applications such as quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation. We study nonlocality in a multi-qubit model—quantum kicked top (QKT). This system is of particular interest because it displays regular behavior, bifurcations and chaotic behavior in the classical limit, and is one of the few chaotic systems that has been experimentally realized.

  3. June 20, 2019IQC Seminar - Silicon quantum processor unit cell operation above one Kelvin

    Arne Laucht, University of New South Wales

    A. Laucht,C. H. Yang,1R. C. C. Leon,1J. C. C. Hwang,1A. Saraiva,1T. Tanttu,1
    W. Huang,1J. Camirand Lemyre,2K. W. Chan,1K. Y. Tan,1F. E. Hudson,1K. M. Itoh,3
    A. Morello,1M. Pioro-Ladrière,2,4and A. S. Dzurak1

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Meet our people

Michele Mosca

Faculty, University Research Chair

Michele Mosca obtained a BMath at Waterloo in 1995 and was recipient of the Mathematics Faculty Alumni Gold Medal. He went to Wolfson College, University of Oxford, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and received an MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 1996. He continued at Oxford, obtaining a DPhil in quantum computer algorithms in 1999 while holding the Robin Gandy Junior Research Fellowship.

In 1999 he started Waterloo’s effort in quantum computing, with the support of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research, St.

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