Institute for Quantum Computing supervisors

Work directly with internationally known faculty in a range of disciplines as you work towards your Master’s or PhD in Quantum Information. Learn more about our supervisors and the research you could be involved with in one or more these Departments:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research flowing from this department consistently leads to the creation of new patents and prototypes for future market use. ECE faculty members are internationally recognized for their expertise and are holders of many prestigious awards and research chairs

Supervisor

Quantum Information research areas

Michal Bajcsy
  • Nanophotonics and quantum optics
  • Atom cooling and trapping on chips
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • Quantum memory and dark-state polaritons

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Jonathan Baugh
  • Experimental investigation of spin qubits in quantum dots
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Also supervises in: Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy

David Cory
  • Experimental application quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Quantum sensors and actuators
  • Neutron interferometry

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy

Thomas Jennewein
  • Experimental quantum communication and cryptography
  • Global satellite-based quantum communication
  • Entangled photon sources

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Na Young Kim
  • Large-scale solid-state quantum simulators and computers for quantum information processing (QIP) and communications
  • Multi-functional solid-state molecular devices and systems for the post-Si era
  • Development of multi-disciplinary enabling technologies and materials for integrated quantum and molecular circuits and systems
  • Quantum artificial intelligence and quantum security

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Adrian Lupascu
  • Experimental superconducting qubits and circuits
  • Hybrid quantum systems for quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Quantum measurement
  • Superconducting detectors
  • Atom chips

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Guo-Xing Miao
  • Quantum transport over topologically protected surface states
  • Superconductivity manipulation with spin proximity
  • Spin-based nanoelectronic logic/memory units

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Michael Reimer
  • Semiconductor nanowire quantum light sources
  • Hybrid nanowire quantum state converter
  • Quantum memories
  • Integrated quantum photonic circuits
  • Highly efficient quantum detectors

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Chris Wilson
  • Microwave quantum optics
  • Superconducting qubits
  • Nonlinear dynamics

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Applied Mathematics

Deepen your knowledge of calculus and differential equations: the foundation for most mathematical models. There is a wide range of interdisciplinary research being undertaken which provides a stimulating environment for our graduate programs.

Supervisors Quantum Information research interests
David Cory
  • Experimental application quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Quantum sensors and actuators
  • Neutron interferometry

Also supervises in: Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy

Joseph Emerson
  • Theory of open quantum systems
  • Randomized benchmarking algorithms
  • Theory of quantum measurement
  • Quantum state and process tomography

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Achim Kempf

IQC Associate member

  • Quantum information applied to quantum gravity/
    cosmology/computing
  • Data compression

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Robert Mann

IQC Associate member

  • Gravitation and Particle Physics
  • Tests of Gravitational Theory, Black Holes
  • Quantum Gravity and String Theory

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Eduardo Martin-Martinez
  • General relativistic quantum physics
  • Relativistic quantum information
  • Quantum discord
  • Cosmology and the early universe

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Raymond Laflamme
  • Theory of quantum error correction
  • Quantum control
  • Experimental implementations of quantum information processing (QIP) with nuclear and electron spins
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communication

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Combinatorics and Optimization

Join the world’s first C&O department. An intensely research-oriented department, C&O has a strong international reputation in six major areas and the largest concentration of faculty and researchers in the field.

Supervisor Quantum Information research interests
Richard Cleve
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communication
  • Theory of quantum information

Also supervises in: Computer Science

David Gosset
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Classical simulation of quantum computation
  • Computational complexity of quantum many-body systems

Daniel Gottesman

IQC Affiliated member at the Perimeter Institute

  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Fault-tolerant quantum error-correction

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

David Jao

IQC Affiliated member

  • Post-quantum cryptography
  • Quantum security models
  • Quantum computation

Also supervises in: Computer Science

Debbie Leung
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Theory of quantum error correction
  • Fault-tolerant quantum computing

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Michele Mosca
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum information security
  • Quantum testing

Also supervises in: Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Ashwin Nayak
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum communication

Also supervises in: Computer Science

Jon Yard

(IQC Associate member with the 

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) 

  • Quantum information theory
  • Quantum computing
  • Algebraic number theory
  • Quantum field theory
  • Computational complexity theory

Computer Science

The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science has an international reputation in teaching, academics, research, and employment. It attracts exceptional students from all over the world to study and conduct research with its award-winning faculty.

Supervisor Quantum Information research interests
Richard Cleve
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communication
  • Theory of quantum information

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization

David Jao

IQC Affiliated member

  • Post-quantum cryptography
  • Quantum security models
  • Quantum computation

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization

Ashwin Nayak
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum communication

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization

Michele Mosca
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum information security
  • Quantum testing

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization, and Physics and Astronomy

John Watrous
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum interactive proof systems
  • Quantum zero-knowledge
  • Theory of entanglement

Pure Mathematics

This department offers exciting and challenging programs leading to MMath and PhD degrees. It has an active research community that is intensely devoted to both ground-breaking research and teaching excellence.

Supervisor

Quantum Information research interests

Vern Paulsen
  • Quantum information theory
  • Entanglement
  • Quantum channels
William Slofstra
  • Mathematics of quantum information
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Device independent testing and verification
  • Quantum complexity theory

Chemistry

This department offers one of the most interdisciplinary and cutting-edge graduate chemistry programs in Canada. Its award-winning faculty’s research improves the fundamental understanding of the world around us.

Supervisor

Quantum Information research interests

Jonathan Baugh
  • Experimental investigation of spin qubits in quantum dots
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy

David Cory
  • Experimental application quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Quantum sensors and actuators
  • Neutron interferometry

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy

Bill Power

IQC Associate member

  • Experimental nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) implementations of quantum information processing (QIP)

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Pierre-Nicholas Roy

IQC Affiliated member

  • Quantum molecular dynamics simulations
  • Quantum Monte Carlo
  • Feynman path integrals
  • Coherent molecular rotation in nano-superfluid clusters
  • Semiclassical dynamics
  • Biophysics

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Adam Wei Tsen
  • Structural, optical, and electronic properties of low-dimensional, quantum materials
  • Novel microscopy techniques and characterization
  • Manipulation and fabrication of nanoscale electronic devices

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy

Join one of the largest and most comprehensive physics programs in Canada. This research-intensive department focuses on five key areas of research, with faculty members specializing in theoretical, experimental, and computational tools.

Supervisor

Quantum Information research interests

Michal Bajcsy
  • Nanophotonics and quantum optics
  • Atom cooling and trapping on chips
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • Quantum memory and dark-state polaritons

Also supervises in: Physics and Astronomy

Jonathan Baugh
  • Experimental investigation of spin qubits in quantum dots
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Agata Branczyk
  • Quantum-optical technologies
  • Analogue physics using quantum optics
Raffi Budakian
  • Coupling spins and nanomechanical oscillators
  • Nanometer scale magnetic resonance imaging
  • Exploring nanometer scale quantum phenomena in condensed matter systems
Kyung Soo Choi
  • Experimental & theoretical quantum optics
  • Atomic, molecular, optical physics
  • Cold atom physics
  • Cavity quantum electrodynamics
  • Nanophotonics
David Cory
  • Experimental application quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Quantum sensors and actuators
  • Neutron interferometry

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Joseph Emerson
  • Theory of open quantum systems
  • Randomized benchmarking algorithms
  • Theory of quantum measurement
  • Quantum state and process tomography

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics

Shohini Ghose

IQC Affiliated member at Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Theory of entanglement and nonlocality
  • Quantum chaos
  • Theory of open quantum systems
  • Theory of quantum measurement
  • Continuous variable quantum computing

Daniel Gottesman

IQC Affiliated member at the Perimeter Institute

  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Fault-tolerant quantum error-correction

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization

Rajibul Islam
  • Experimental quantum many-body physics, especially quantum simulation of frustrated spin models with trapped ions
  • Quantum computation with trapped ions
  • Use of holography and high-resolution microscopy to manipulate many-body systems
Thomas Jennewein
  • Experimental quantum communication and cryptography
  • Global satellite-based quantum communication
  • Entangled photon sources

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Achim Kempf

IQC Associate member

  • Quantum information applied to quantum gravity/
    cosmology/computing
  • Data compression

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics

Na Young Kim
  • Large-scale solid-state quantum simulators and computers for quantum information processing (QIP) and communications
  • Multi-functional solid-state molecular devices and systems for the post-Si era
  • Development of multi-disciplinary enabling technologies and materials for integrated quantum and molecular circuits and systems
  • Quantum artificial intelligence and quantum security

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

David Kribs

IQC Associate member at the University of Guelph

  • Theory of quantum error correction
  • Quantum channels

Jan Kycia

IQC Associate member

  • Experimental superconducting qubits
  • Noise in Josephson junctions
Raymond Laflamme
  • Theory of quantum error correction
  • Quantum control
  • Experimental implementations of quantum information processing (QIP) with nuclear and electron spins
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communication

​​​​​​​Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics

Debbie Leung
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Theory of quantum error correction
  • Fault-tolerant quantum computing

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization

Adrian Lupascu
  • Experimental superconducting qubits and circuits
  • Hybrid quantum systems for quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Quantum measurement
  • Superconducting detectors
  • Atom chips

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Norbert Lütkenhaus
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum state discrimination
  • Theory of linear optics implementations of quantum information processing (QIP)

Robert Mann

IQC Associate member

  • Gravitation and Particle Physics
  • Tests of Gravitational Theory, Black Holes
  • Quantum Gravity and String Theory

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics

Matteo Mariantoni
  • Experimental superconducting quantum circuits
  • Experimental quantum emulations of many-body systems
  • Fault-tolerant quantum error correction
  • Qubits based on Josephson tunnel junctions
  • Circuit quantum electrodynamics
  • Quantum microwaves
  • Microwave devices and measurement

James Martin

IQC Associate member

  • Experimental atomic implementations of quantum information processing (QIP)
Eduardo Martin-Martinez
  • General relativistic quantum physics
  • Relativistic quantum information
  • Quantum discord
  • Cosmology and the early universe

Also supervises in: Applied Mathematics

Roger Melko

IQC Affiliated member

  • Theory of strongly-correlated many-body systems
Guo-Xing Miao
  • Quantum transport over topologically protected surface states
  • Superconductivity manipulation with spin proximity
  • Spin-based nanoelectronic logic/memory units

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michele Mosca
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum information security
  • Quantum testing

Also supervises in: Combinatorics and Optimization, and Computer Science

Christine Muschik
  • Quantum networks
  • Quantum sensing
  • Quantum simulations
  • High-energy physics simulation with quantum computers

Pierre-Nicholas Roy

IQC Affiliated member

  • Quantum molecular dynamics simulations
  • Quantum Monte Carlo
  • Feynman path integrals
  • Coherent molecular rotation in nano-superfluid clusters
  • Semiclassical dynamics
  • Biophysics

Also supervises in: Chemistry

Bill Power

IQC Associate member

  • Experimental nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) implementations of quantum information processing (QIP)

Also supervises in: Chemistry

Dmitry Pushin
  • Quantum information
  • Neutron physics
  • Condensed matter physics
Michael Reimer
  • Semiconductor nanowire quantum light sources
  • Hybrid nanowire quantum state converter
  • Quantum memories
  • Integrated quantum photonic circuits
  • Highly efficient quantum detectors

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kevin Resch
  • Experimental optical implementation of quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Photon entanglement
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Interferometry
Crystal Senko
  • Manipulation of quantum systems with trapped ions
  • Quantum computation with trapped ions
  • Phases and dynamics of interacting spin systems

Rob Spekkens

IQC Affiliated member

  • Quantum information pertaining to the foundations of quantum theory
Adam Wei Tsen
  • Structural, optical, and electronic properties of low-dimensional, quantum materials
  • Novel microscopy techniques and characterization
  • Manipulation and fabrication of nanoscale electronic devices

Also supervises in: Chemistry

Chris Wilson
  • Microwave quantum optics
  • Superconducting qubits
  • Nonlinear dynamics

Also supervises in: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bei Zeng

IQC Associate member at the University of Guelph

  • Quantum information theory
  • Coding theory
  • Quantum computation
  • Theory of quantum entanglement
  • Mathematical physics

Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

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