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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. May 9, 2018Kevin Resch reappointed as Canada Research ChairKevin Resch

    The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) reappointed Kevin Resch, interim director of IQC, as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Optical Quantum Technologies. The five-year Tier II appointment, will allow Resch and his team to bring three streams of optics research together in order accelerate the development of quantum technologies.

  2. May 4, 2018New quantum conference will ignite cross-country collaborationCanadian Graduate Quantum Conference logo

    A new conference for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in quantum science aims to foster collaboration and provide a glimpse into the exciting research taking place in Canada.

    Hosted jointly by the three Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF) programs— the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI), Institut Quantique (IQ), and Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT)— the Canadian Graduate Quantum Conference runs June 20-22 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. 

  3. May 1, 2018$900K in seed funding supports new quantum projects

    Exploring how biological processes use quantum effects and developing new nanowire arrays to detect light at the single photon level are two of 10 projects being funded by more than $900,000 from the Quantum Quest Seed Fund.

    The funding program, which will launch its third cycle in this spring, promotes the development of new ideas and applications for quantum devices.

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  1. May 31, 2018Dissipative stabilization and manipulation of Schrödinger cat states for quantum error correction

    Alexander Grimm, Yale University

    In recent years, circuit quantum electrodynamics (QED) has seen considerable efforts towards protecting quantum information from unwanted sources of decoherence through quantum error correction. Independent of the implementation, this is based on encoding a logical qubit into a stable manifold within a larger Hilbert space, whose symmetries restrict the number of independent errors and make them detectable and correctable.

  2. June 1, 2018RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar SeriesJon Yard

    The number theory of quantum information

    Jon Yard, IQC

    Abstract: Quantum-mechanical amplitudes and unitaries are typically expressed over the complex numbers.

  3. June 14, 2018CryptoWorks21 - Wrap up and overview

    Speaker: Tom Hunter and Neil Henderson

    Abstract: A lot of different concepts and possibilities have been discussed. The final session will recap those and put them in perspective, with emphasis on the relevance to a "typical" university start up and the people involved.

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Meet our people

Debbie Leung

Faculty, University Research Chair

Debbie joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo in 2005. Before that, she was a Tolman postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), after spending four months at the Workshop on Quantum Computation, September-December, 2002, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, and a two-year stay at the Physics of Information group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, 2000-2002.

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