JANUARY 14 - February 4 2021: QSciTech-QuantumBC Virtual Workshop: Gate-based Quantum Computing Using IBM Q

Quantum Computing at your fingertips:

Elevate your expertise to seize tomorrow's opportunities

Quantum computing has the potential to solve problems beyond the capabilities of conventional supercomputers, and could revolutionize the advancement of several fields, including biochemistry, finance, logistics, and artificial intelligence. It is therefore essential to develop concrete expertise to take advantage of the new possibilities that will arise from the development of this technology.

In 2020, the Université de Sherbrooke joined the IBM Q network as the IBM Q Hub at the Institut quantique (Iq).  The IBM Q Hub provides academic and industrial members with exclusive cloud access to IBM's quantum computing systems and software, including a 65-qubit universal system, currently the largest one available in the industry. The Canadian organization CMC Microsystems offers access to the IBM Q Hub for all Canadian academics through the National Design Network.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity for the Canadian quantum computing community, the NSERC CREATE programs Quantum BC and QSciTech have joined forces to bring to you a one-of-a-kind workshop to learn how to use IBM's quantum computing system for real-world applications. 

With support from the IBM Q Hub at Institut Quantique, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, and CMC Microsystems, QSciTech and Quantum BC invite you to join a virtual workshop at the end of January 2021. The workshop will be focused on problem-based learning, teamwork, and best practices in quantum software development. Spread over 5 days of activities, it will include training sessions on quantum algorithms and their applications, with a focus on simulating quantum hamiltonians for quantum materials and chemistry. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to use the IBM Q platform and basic quantum computing tools to solve concrete, small-scale quantum chemistry problems. The workshop will also include poster sessions and an awards ceremony for the best student presentations.

Do not miss this QSciTech-QuantumBC virtual workshop, which will allow you to develop your expertise in a tangible way while running calculations on one of the most powerful quantum computers in the world! See below for all the details. 

Workshop Details:                                                                        

What: QSciTech-QuantumBC virtual workshop on Gate-based quantum computing using IBM Q

When: January 18, January 21, January 25, January 28, February 1 and February 4

         Start Time: 8am Pacific/11am Eastern

         End Time: 2:30pm Pacific/5:30pm Eastern

The workshop will run 4.5 hours per day in three 1.5 hour sessions. It will be focused on teamwork and problem-based learning. Topics include Hamiltonian simulation for quantum materials and quantum chemistry, as well as solving the H2 molecule. Included are student poster presentations, awards and prizes.

 Target Audience:

The target audience for this workshop are:



Time: 8:00am - 9:30am

Location: Online via Zoom

This lecture and hands-on tutorial series jointly organized by Quantum BC, UBC, SFU, UVic, SBQMI, TRIUMF and Helmholtz Association will introduce four key models of quantum computing:

21 & 23 July: Gate-based quantum computing

28 & 30 July: Quantum annealing

04 & 06 August: Measurement-based quantum computing

11 & 13 August: Continuous-variable quantum computing

Limited number of participants per session. Registration opens at 9am PST on Monday 8 June, and closes at 5pm on Friday 26 June.


TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

Showcase your work at the three minute thesis (3MT) student poster competition on Quantum Computing.


TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

This is the final seminar of a three-part series on Quantum Computing in Canada. The topic of this seminar is on Quantum Applications.


TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

This is the second seminar of a three-part series on Quantum Computing in Canada. The topic of this seminar is on Quantum Algorithms.


TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

This is the first seminar of a three-part series on Quantum Computing in Canada. The topic of this seminar is on Quantum Hardware.

February 19-22, 2019: Gate-based quantum computer applications workshop

LOCATION:  University of British Columbia, Kaiser 2020, except for Thursday in McLeod 202

Arman Zaribafiyan, Dennis Loktionov, Maliheh Aramon, Ehsan Zahedinejad, Valentin Senicourt, Takeshi Yamazaki – 1QBit
Tushar Mittal, Amy Brown – Rigetti
Robert Raussendorf, Roman Krems, Joseph Salfi, Lukas Chrostowski, Parham Pashaei – UBC


Industrial developments in quantum computing are progressing at a rapid pace, and there are now several companies offering access to their hardware via a cloud interface – DWave, Rigetti, IBM, and Google – and software companies that know how to use them – 1QBit, and many others. However, the field is still in its infancy: quantum computers have not yet shown a quantum advantage over classical computers, and it may yet be two decades before universal quantum computers become available and start making major societal impacts. Yet we are presently in a very exciting era, the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) era, which features analog quantum computers with a limited number of qubits that operate in a non-error controlled manner, which may have near-term applications, e.g., quantum molecular simulations. The technologies being developed today will form the basis for the next generation universal quantum computers that will be fault-tolerant. Hence it is critical to learn not only how to use NISQ computers, but also advance our knowledge in software and algorithms that will be needed in both NISQ and universal QCs.