Our mission is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques. We will accomplish this by creating a truly unique environment that fosters cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.
IQC was founded in 2002 with a complement of five researchers from the UW Faculties of Science and Mathematics and aims to reach 30, with 18 at present (2009). IQC postdoctoral fellows and graduate students currently number 25 and 62, respectively, with long-term goals to double in size.
In line with the aggressive expansion goals of the Institute, a new, expanded building is on the way. The IQC building will be at the heart of the UW campus and be part of the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) at the University of Waterloo (UW). Presently under construction, the centre will be the most sophisticated building at the University to date. The ground was broken in 2008 and the building should be completed at the end of 2010.
Research Areas: The physics of quantum information and quantum computation (use of quantum computers for physics simulations, study of quantum algorithms as dynamical systems, study of potential physical realizations of quantum computers, quantum error correction, etc). Decoherence and the physics of the quantum to classical boundary (decoherence for classically chaotic systems, decoherence and quantum measurement, controlled decoherence experiments, etc). The dynamics of phase transitions (nonequilibrium and quantum effects in phase transitions, defect formation, etc). Quantum process and state tomography. Quantum optics.
The potential of QIPC in Poland led to a decision to create on 29-th June 2007 National Quantum Information Centre of Gdańsk - a joint research unit formed together by University of Gdańsk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Lodz University, Jagiellonian University, Adam Mickiewicz University, Technical University of Gdańsk and Wroclaw University (http://www.kcik.univ.gda.pl). The main goal of the Centre is to become an important element of European Research Space, a strong partner for international QIPC projects and in QIPC consultations conducted by EC. The Centre will stimulate QIPC research by, among others:
- fostering interaction between theory and experiment within QIPC in Poland
- providing a meeting ground of Polish scientists with world leaders in quantum information
- cooperation with the participating institutions, an expert coordination of research, and joint applications for European grants
- Ph. D. research programs
- developing new technologies in QIPC – prototypes and patents, and general cooperation with high-tech industries in Poland (as a research and development unit, and source of expert advice, and standards).
The Centre may serve as an excellent place for small scale workshops.