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How do we harness the power of quantum mechanics to improve information processing?

Computing technology has become so much a part of everyday life that most of us never consider just how amazing the technology, or the extent of the technological revolution it has created. The next revolution is around the corner: quantum information science.

Computer science, aided by quantum mechanical inventions such as the transistor and the laser, has developed further in the past 50 years than we would have imagined. But current computers are binary: a switch is either on or off, one or zero. In this way, they are limited in what they can do.

QIS offers the potential to approach quantum mechanics and computer science through a powerful new frame. Potential applications range from cryptography, code-breaking, design and simulation of materials and chemicals, to fast optimization and machine learning techniques.

Many nations are already investing billions of dollars in the field, and spinoff technologies using QIS are already being commercialized, including sensors, amplifiers and detectors with applications ranging from medical imaging to oil exploration.

This program connects theorists and experimentalists who address field’s most fundamental questions. This approach will pay dividends by encouraging radically new ideas, at the same time it engages with industry in the search for new applications and to maximize the positive impact on society of QIS.


SELECTED PAPERS

Knill, E., R. Laflamme et G.J. Milburn. "A scheme for efficient quantum computation with linear optics." Nature 409 (2001) : 46-52. ABSTRACT

Negrevergne, C. et al. "Benchmarking quantum control methods on a 12-qubit system." Physical Review Letters, 96 (2006) : 170501 ABSTRACT

L. A. Rozema et al., “Quantum Data Compression of a Qubit Ensemble,” Physical Review Letters 113, 16 (2014). ABSTRACT

J. Zhang et al., “Digital quantum simulation of the statistical mechanics of a frustrated magnet,” Nature Communications 3, 880 (2012). ABSTRACT

Founded In

2002

Renewal Dates

2007, 2012, 2019

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Computer science, including quantum computing and theory of computation
Quantum, condensed matter, mathematical and atomic physics
Optics
Electronic and information engineering
Applied mathematics

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

Aephraim M. Steinberg

Program Co-Director

Quantum Information Science
University of Toronto
Canada
Fellows

David Bacon

Associate Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Google
United States

Alexandre Blais

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Université de Sherbrooke
Canada

Lilian Childress

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
McGill University
Canada

Jay Gambetta

Associate Fellow

Quantum Information Science
IBM
United States

David Gosset

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
University of Waterloo
Canada

Matthew Hastings

Associate Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Microsoft Research
United States

Patrick Hayden

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Stanford University
United States

Stacey Jeffery

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
CWI
QuSoft
The Netherlands

Ben Lanyon

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
Austria

Jeremy O'Brien

Associate Fellow

Quantum Information Science
PsiQuantum
United States

Irfan Siddiqi

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
United States

Stephanie Simmons

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Simon Fraser University
Canada

Matthias Troyer

Associate Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Microsoft
United States

Guifré Vidal

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
X the Moonshot Factory
Canada

Thomas Vidick

Fellow
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019

Quantum Information Science
California Institute of Technology
United States

John Watrous

Fellow

Quantum Information Science
University of Waterloo
Canada
Advisors

Dorit Aharonov

Advisor

Quantum Information Science
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israel

Gilles Brassard

Advisor

Quantum Information Science
Université de Montréal
Canada

Michel Devoret

Advisor

Quantum Information Science
Yale University
United States

Raymond Laflamme

Advisory Committee Chair

Quantum Information Science
University of Waterloo
Canada

John Preskill

Advisor

Quantum Information Science
California Institute of Technology
United States
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Nir Bar-Gill

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Information Science
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israel

Giulio Chiribella

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Information Science
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Gerhard Kirchmair

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Quantum Information Science
University of Innsbruck
Austria

Peter McMahon

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Information Science
Cornell University
United States

Christine Muschik

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Information Science
University of Waterloo
Canada

Alexei Ourjoumtsev

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Quantum Information Science
Collège de France
France

Thomas Vidick

Fellow
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019

Quantum Information Science
California Institute of Technology
United States

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