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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. Feb. 1, 2018New technique can capture images of ultrafast energy-time entangled photon pairsJean-Philippe Maclean works on his optics experiment

    Scientists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have captured the first images of ultrafast photons that are energy-time entangled. The new technique will have direct applications for quantum cryptography and communication protocols, including the possibility for establishing highly secure communication channels over long distances.

  2. Jan. 29, 2018CryptoWorks21 supported by RBC investment in cybersecurity researchCryptoWorks21 logo

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is opening a cyber security lab and investing $1.78 million into research at the University of Waterloo to develop advanced cybersecurity and privacy tools, announced today.

  3. Jan. 2, 2018Pioneer of quantum information research appointed to Order of CanadaRaymond Laflamme

    An Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researcher has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his significant scientific and leadership contributions to the country, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada announced.

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  1. Feb. 20, 2018Quantum networks operating at telecommunication wavelengths

    Nikolai Lauk, University of Calgary

    Realization of a quantum network that enables ecient long-distance entanglement distribution would allow for multiple impressive applications with quantum key distribution being the most prominent one.

  2. Feb. 22, 2018Single-Photon Imaging: What Physics and Computation can do Together in Imaging Science

    Feihu Xu, University of Science and Technology of China

    Every time you take a photo, photons strike different parts of your image sensor in different quantities. In daytime, your sensor detects more than a billion photons, which are more than 1000 photons per pixel for a basic one-megapixel camera. Can you take a photo with one photon per pixel? I will address how to perform accurate imaging at a light level of one photon per pixel.

  3. Feb. 23, 2018RAC1 Journal Club/Seminar Series

    APS March Meeting Student Practice Talk Session

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  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

John Watrous

Faculty, Professor, IQC Graduate Program Director

John Watrous received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1998. After a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratoire d'Informatique Théorique et Quantique at the Université de Montréal, he joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary as a faculty member. He moved to the University of Waterloo in July 2006, as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science and a member of the Institute for Quantum Computing.

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