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. Apr. 15, 2019Prizes awarded to three Quantum Shorts filmsThree prize-winning films

    The Quantum Shorts film festival is delighted to announce its three top prize winners, selected from a shortlist of ten incredible short films inspired by quantum physics. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), is a scientific partner of the festival.

  2. Apr. 9, 2019Crossing the chasm — still a relevant challengeAndelou Mondou speaking at the CryproWorks21 Distinguished Lecture March 12

    Angela Mondou, author, entrepreneur and founder of ICE Leadership Inc., shared her insight into technology commercialization at the CryptoWorks21 Distinguished Lecture March 12.

  3. Mar. 28, 2019Taking quantum key distribution out of the lab

    Lindsay Babcock, Katanya Kuntz, Sebastian Slaman, and Ramy Tannous of the Quantum Photonics Lab, led by Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researcher Thomas Jennewein, designed and constructed a working portable demonstration of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). The QKD demo used hardware components designed by Excelitas Technologies, an industry partner who provides customized optoelectronics and advanced electronic systems.

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  1. Apr. 22, 2019Quantum weak coin flipping

    Jeremie Roland - Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles

    We investigate weak coin flipping, a fundamental cryptographic primitive where two distrustful parties need to remotely establish a shared random bit. A cheating player can try to bias the output bit towards a preferred value. For weak coin flipping the players have known opposite preferred values. A weak coin-flipping protocol has a bias ϵ if neither player can force the outcome towards their preferred value with probability more than 1/2+ϵ.

  2. Apr. 23, 2019NEEXP is in MIP*

    Anand Natarajan, Caltech

    A long-standing puzzle in quantum complexity theory is to understand the power of the class MIP* of multiprover interactive proofs with shared entanglement. This question is closely related to the study of entanglement through non-local games, which dates back to the pioneering work of Bell.

  3. Apr. 24, 2019CryptoWorks21 - Playing nice in the sandbox

    Speaker: Viona M. Duncan

    Abstract: We all want to be the nice guy, but we do not want to finish last. How should we respect the IP of others, particularly confidential information and what should we expect of others when we provide confidential information to them? Simple steps that can be taken to meet obligations and preserve confidentiality will be discussed. You may also have obligations to funding agencies and the University. The UW IP policy will be discussed along with issues of ownership and employee confidentiality.

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Meet our people

Richard Cleve

Faculty, Professor

Richard Cleve received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1989, specializing in computational complexity and cryptography.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute from 1988 to 1990, after which he became a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary.

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