Three IQC Researchers Among Research and Innovation Funding Recipients

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation, said the $3.5 million from the Ontario research fund -- research infrastructure program will support projects across the province.

Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson, announced the recipients of the $3.5 million Ontario Research Fund on September 30th, 2008. The fund is part of a research infrastructure program that will support projects across the province. Among the recipients were Institute for Quantum Computing(IQC) researchers Jonathan Baugh, Kevin Resch, and Gregor Weihs.
 
IQC recipients will use the funds for laboratory equipment and software. Kevin Resch, professor of Physics and Astronomy is the recipient of $130,000.
 
Professor Resch heads a lab for optical quantum computation and communication technologies. He studies how to harness the quantum properties of light for applications from fundamental physics to advanced cryptography devices. Kevin's work applies to the commercialization of quantum technology, including rapid processing to secure transmission of information. 
 
Jonathan Baugh, professor of Chemistry and Physics, recipient of $119,998. Professor Baugh heads a lab for quantum spintronics. He researches the quantum laws of the atom, like the power of spin (a fundamental quantum property of electrons and nuclei) to encode and manipulate quantum information. Jonathan's work on physical implementations of the quantum computer will develop new, powerful computing technology.
 
Gregor Weihs, professor of Physics and Astronomy, recipient of $157,424. Professor Weihs heads the photonic entanglement laboratory. He investigates quantum cryptography, using quantum mechanics to guarantee secure communication, leading to perfect security codes. The emerging technology will be applicable in fields as diverse as the military and health care.
 
About IQC: Founded in 2002, the mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing(IQC) is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques.
 
A part of the University of Waterloo, IQC creates a truly unique environment that fosters cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.
 
At the time of this release, IQC has 17 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral fellows and over 73 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 10.
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