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. Sep. 25, 2020New specialization prepares grad students for growing quantum industry

    The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Transformative Quantum Technologies Program (TQT) at the University of Waterloo announce a new Master of Science degree in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Technologies. 

  2. Aug. 28, 2020New protocol is a huge breakthrough for the future of quantum computers

    Quantum computers will now have help tackling the central problem in their performance – noise.

  3. Aug. 12, 2020Une chercheuse de l’IQC voit ses travaux en informatique quantique reconnus dans un programme de recherche de l’ICRA

    In English

    Christine Muschik, professeure adjointe à l’Institut d’informatique quantique (IQC) ainsi qu’au Département de physique et d’astronomie de l’Université de Waterloo, vient d’être choisie comme boursière 2020-2022 du programme des chercheurs mondiaux Azrieli de l’ICRA.

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  1. Sep. 29, 2020Fall Fireside Chats
    Fireside Chat with Shayan Majidy

    Join us for casual conversations with researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

  2. Sep. 30, 2020Non-equilibrium dynamics in spin-1 condensate

    Liyuan Qiu, Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, Tsinghua University

    In this talk, I will introduce three non-equilibrium dynamics experiments in the anti-ferromagnetic spin-1 sodium condensate, including one experiment about the Kibble-Zurek mechanism in the first-order quantum phase transition and two experiments about Dynamical Quantum Phase Transitions.

    In the Kibble-Zurek mechanism, we find out that not only the ground state matters in quantum phase transition but also the high excited states matter.

  3. Oct. 1, 2020Quantum Frontiers Distinguished Lecture

    Ultracold Molecules: From Quantum Chemistry to Quantum Computing

    Alan Jamison, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) faculty member and assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, will deliver the Quantum Fr

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Meet our people

Vern Paulsen

Faculty, Professor
Vern Paulsen received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1977. He spent two years at the University of Kansas before moving to the University of Houston. In 1996, he became a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

He has written four graduate level texts in mathematics, published over 100 research articles, and won several teaching awards.

Current visitors

until January 31, 2021
until November 30, 2020
until August 01, 2020
until July 31, 2020
until July 31, 2020
until July 06, 2020
Arjan Cornelissen is visiting today.
until June 30, 2021
Zheng Shi is visiting today.