Information for


Man holding a static electricity conductor The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo holds Canada's leadership position in quantum information science and technology. Since 2002, IQC has become an engine driving the creation of quantum information science and technology, and is sparking commercialization initiatives that will benefit Canadians in the very near future and for decades to come. IQC is the foundation of Canada's Quantum Valley. Learn more about what we're doing right here in Waterloo, Ontario.


Public lectures

The detection of gravitational waves on earth

On February 11, 2016 it was announced that gravitational waves have been detected affecting an instrument on earth. Quantum mechanics is usually thought of applying only to the very small. Here quantum mechanics plays a role in setting limits in the large (kilograms and kilometers). In this talk Professor Bill Unruh, University of British Columbia, reviews what gravitational radiation is, how it is detected, the incredible sensitivity of the detectors, what was detected, and how quantum limits and their evasion lie at the heart of these detectors.

Cybersecurity in a quantum world: will we be ready?

It’s possible, but we need to start planning now if we want to be ready in time. Quantum-safe cryptography expert Michele Mosca, co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, provides insight into the new security challenges that will arise with evolving quantum technologies and what needs to happen to protect ourselves from security threats such as viruses, fraud and identity theft.

Quantum computing: Transforming the digital age

Quantum computing promises to revolutionize how we compute and change the way we use technology in our daily lives. Dr. Krysta Svore, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, reveals some of the mysteries of this disruptive computational paradigm and showcase real-world applications of quantum devices.

See more public lectures.

Connect with IQC

image of Facebook logo    image of Twitter logo    image of YouTube logo

Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

Quantum Innovators logo