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. Feb. 18, 2021Quantum-inspired techniques hit new limits for time measurement

    En français.

    The precise measurement of time delays and colour differences is the core of many modern technologies, including spectroscopy and radar. Research conducted by John Donohue, Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), is using quantum-inspired techniques to achieve a new level of precision of measurement.

  2. Feb. 17, 2021Probing the power of lithium-ion batteries

    En français.

    A puzzle has baffled the battery industry for decades: certain materials used in the lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, phones and cars store much more energy than theoretically expected.

  3. Feb. 16, 2021Professor William Slofstra awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship

    Faculty of Mathematics Professor William Slofstra credits the University of Waterloo’s collaborative environment for him receiving a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship. The pure mathematician is keen to use the monetary prize that comes with the fellowship to enhance the supportive atmosphere he has benefited from at Waterloo.

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  1. Mar. 3, 2021FemPhys Mentoring Night

    FemPhys and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) are hosting an online mentoring event for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Mentors, all women or of minoritized identities with backgrounds in STEM, will share their experiences and inspire the upcoming generations of scientists and people in STEM. 

  2. Mar. 9, 2021Fireside Chat with Twesh Upadhyaya

    Join us for casual conversations with quantum researchers.

    Twesh Upadhyaya, IQC graduate student, joins us for a virtual Fireside Chat to talk about finding a passion for quantum information science in high school and to share his journey to studying the theory of quantum security.

  3. Mar. 23, 2021Careers in Quantum and STEM

    Where can an undergraduate degree in mathematics, science or engineering take you? Hear from panelists about their own career journeys launched from STEM degrees.

    Whether you’re deciding what to study or if you are already in university, bring your questions for the Women in STEM panelists and learn more about different career pathways. Join us live on YouTube - set your reminder!

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