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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 23, 2018Maximal Coherence and the Resource Theory of Purity

    Dagmar Bruss, University of Duesseldorf

    The resource theory of quantum coherence studies the off-diagonal elements of a density matrix in a distinguished basis, whereas the resource theory of purity studies all deviations from the maximally mixed state. We establish a direct connection between the two resource theories, by identifying purity as the maximal coherence, which is achievable by unitary operations. The states that saturate this maximum identify a universal family of maximally coherent mixed states.

  2. 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

William Slofstra

Faculty, Assistant Professor

William Slofstra received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. After spending part of 2012 at the University of British Columbia as a Research Associate, Slofstra returned to California as the Krener Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis.

His research interests have focused on algebra, specifically in Lie theory/representation theory, Schubert calculus and connected areas, as well as non-local games.

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