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?

Explore Quantum 101 and learn about the basic principles of quantum mechanics, and see how quantum applications are already starting to impact and transform the way we live, work and play.

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. July 23, 2021Reducing the infinite for quantum communication

    IQC researchers have developed a method to simplify the analysis of quantum communication protocols compatible with existing telecommunications infrastructure.

  2. July 20, 2021IQC members win big at CAP Congress

    Over 300 student competitors participated in the 2021 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Virtual Congress and Best Student Presentation Competition in June, including two IQC members who won across different categories.

  3. July 15, 2021IQC student awarded Vanier Graduate Scholarship

    The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program is awarded to highly qualified doctoral students who demonstrate academic excellence, research potential and leadership.

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  1. July 27, 2021IQC-QuICS Math and Computer Science Seminar

    Lower Bounds on Stabilizer Rank
    Dr. Ben Lee Volk, The University of Texas at Austin

    The stabilizer rank of a quantum state ψ is the minimal integer r such that ψ can be written as a linear combination of r stabilizer states. The running time of several classical simulation methods for quantum circuits is determined by the stabilizer rank of the n-th tensor power of single-qubit magic states.

  2. Aug. 10, 2021IQC-QuICS Math and Computer Science Seminar

    Linear growth of quantum circuit complexity
    Jonas Haferkamp, Freie Universität Berlin 

  3. Aug. 19, 2021Quantum Today: Dimension Reductions in Quantum Key Distribution

    Join Twesh Upadhyaya, MSc student at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and Department of Physics & Astronomy, in conversation with scientific outreach manager John Donohue. They’ll discuss his latest journal article entitled “Dimension Reductions in Quantum Key Distribution forContinuous- and Discrete-Variable Protocols” published in Physical Review X Quantum on May 24.

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