The people listed below reflect the Quantum Computing research community within universities and research institutes across British Columbia in Canada.
Arthur Blackburn is an Assistant Professor and Hitachi High-Tech Canada Research Chair, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Victoria. He is also Co-Director of the Advanced Microscopy Facility, a facility within the Centre of Advanced Materials and Related Technologies at UVic. Prior to joining UVic he was Senior Research Scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, embedded within the University of Cambridge, Department of Physics, where he completed his PhD. In the context of quantum computing, his current research looks towards means to use electron microscopy to characterize and identify single point defects or dopants within materials. These can either be detrimental or useful for quantum computing, depending on the device and situation. In a broader context, his research covers diffractive imaging and reconstruction techniques, sample modification in the electron microscope, and phased and shaped electron beams, and he has developed several patents in these areas.
Dr. Alexandre G. Brolo is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1998. Dr. Brolo’s research interests are on the fabrication of nanostructured metal surfaces; the investigation of their optical properties; and their application in single molecule spectroscopy. Dr. Brolo has participated as author/co-author iin about 180 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He is well-known for his work on the development of new types of surface Plasmon resonance sensors and on the field of surface-enhanced spectroscopy, particularly on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The Brolo group is investigating the generation of entangled photons from single molecule emissions that can be used for quantum information processes.
Prototype “noisy” quantum computers based on several different technologies are now accessible over the cloud. However, the level of noise is often 10-100 times higher than the error correction threshold, hindering demonstrations of quantum advantage over conventional computers. The de Sousa research group is addressing this problem in both the hardware and software fronts. In hardware, the group is developing theory to elucidate the origin of noise and decoherence in the materials and devices used to build quantum computers. These theories are being compared to experiments at universities and companies around the world. In software, the research group is developing algorithms to benchmark and mitigate noise, and is using these findings to improve the output of quantum algorithms in cloud-based devices.
Nikitas Dimopoulos received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1975, 1976 and 1980 respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria (U.Vic.) in 1988 where he is currently Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Computer Engineering. He served as the Chair of the Department (1998- 2003, 2005-2008) and was Visiting Professor at the Computer Engineering Laboratory, Delft University of Technology (2001).
Previous to his appointment at UVic, he was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Concordia University (1980- 1987) and member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (1986-1987). He has served as external evaluator for several Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments in Canada and internationally, on National and International adjudication panels (BCSC, CFI, NSERC Centers of Excellence, Graduate Programs – Greek Ministry of Education) and has been Accreditation Program Visitor for the CEAB.
His fields of interest are in Computer Architecture, Neural Networks and Quantum Computing. His research has been funded by NSERC, the Canadian Cable Labs Fund, ASI, CFI and CMC. He has over 200 publications including edited volumes, refereed journal and conference papers and technical reports. He and his students received a best paper award at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering Professor Dimopoulos is a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists in British Columbia, a Life Senior Member of the IEEE and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Reuven Gordon is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria. He has received a Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award (2001), an Accelerate BC Industry Impact Award (2007), an AGAUR Visiting Professor Fellowship (2009), the Canada Research Chair in Nanoplasmonics (2009-2019), the Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Research Excellence (2011), a Fulbright Fellowship (2016), an NSERC Discovery Accelerator (2017), the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award (2017) and an JSPS Invitational Fellowship (2020). He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Society for Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Gordon has authored and co-authored over 170 journal papers (including 13 invited contributions). He is co-inventor for five patents and two patent applications. Dr. Gordon is a Professional Engineer of BC. Dr. Gordon has been recognized as an “Outstanding Referee” by the American Physical Society. He has also served as conference chair for several conferences, including SPIE NanoScience + Engineering and NFO16. Dr. Gordon is an Associate Editor for Optics Express and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Advanced Optical Materials. Dr. Gordon’s group researches single photon sources for quantum information technologies, as well as quantum plasmonics.
Tobias Junginger is a faculty accelerator physicist at the University of Victoria. He holds a joint appointment with TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. His main research interest is in superconducting radiofrequency cavities. These can reach quality factors exceeding 10e10 at GHz frequencies making them interesting for quantum applications requiring long photon lifetimes.
Andrew MacRae is an adjunct Assistant Professor and Senior Lab Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Calgary, studying the production of quantum optical states in atomic media. Following this, he studied Bose Einstein Condensates as a postdoc in the group of Dan M Stamper-Kurn at the University of California, Berkeley. He then spent a year as a software engineer making control algorithms for ultra-precise machining before joining UVic in 2016.
His present research direction is the mapping of quantum information into and out of atomic media, using nonlinear optical processes. The primary aim of this research is to create a reliable interface between qubits held in collective spin ensembles, and optical “flying” qubits that can be transported via optical fibers.
Hausi Müller is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. He was Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Engineering (2009-2019). He is Co-Chair IEEE Future Directions Quantum Initiative and serves on the IEEE Conferences Committee (2019-2021). He is Founder and General Chair of IEEE Quantum Week, the IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing & Engineering (QCE20 & QCE21). He was Vice President of IEEE Computer Society (CS) Technical and Conferences Activities (T&C) Board (2016–2018), Chair CS Technical Council on Software Engineering (2011-2015). He teaches a graduate & 4th year course on quantum algorithms and software engineering. With his research group, he collaborates extensively with industry as an international expert in software engineering, software evolution, quantum computing, hybrid quantum-classical algorithms, adaptive systems, IoT, and intelligent cyber-physical systems. He is co-investigator of an IBM CAS Project on Quantum Problem Solving and Algorithm Design. He is a principal investigator for two NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) team grants on Quantum Computing and Dependable Internet-of-Things Applications (DITA).
Irina Paci is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Victoria (UVic). She obtained her Ph.D at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2003 and joined the faculty at UVic in 2007 after a postdoctoral position with the Theoretical Chemistry Group at Northwestern University. Her research interests lie in the development of computational chemistry approaches for modelling nanostructured materials and related systems. These approaches usually involve a combination of statistical and quantum chemical methods, in order to capture the quantum behaviour of nanoscale features when modelling large-scale materials. In particular, her group’s research has focused on nanostructure self-assembly, catalytic processes in atomic layer deposition, and the optical and dielectric properties of optoelectronic materials. Recently, her group has been interested in methods interfacing quantum chemistry on quantum computers and classical computers and their applications in accelerating materials discovery.
Ulrike Stege is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. She received a diploma in Mathematics from Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, and a doctorate from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She was Computer Science Department Chair at the University of Victoria from 2014-2018. She is a co-founder and co-director of HighTechU, an innovative learning community for high-school-aged youth with focus on building professional skills, and exploring career pathways related to technology; part of HighTechU’s portfolio is the designing and offering of youth workshops in quantum computing. She teaches a graduate & 4th year course on quantum algorithms and software engineering. With her graduate students she works in the areas of algorithm development with focus on parameterized complexity, quantum computing with focus on hybrid quantum-classical algorithms, bioinformatics and cognitive psychology. She is a principal investigator of an IBM CAS Project on Quantum Problem Solving and Algorithm Design. Ulrike was Co-Chair of the Technical Paper Track on Quantum Workforce & Society, Posters Chair at IEEE Quantum Week 2021, Co-Chair of Pathways to Quantum: An introductory workshop on quantum computing for youth. She was also Co-Chair of CASCON 2020 Workshop on Quantum Computing: Challenges and Opportunities.
Tom Tiedje is a Professor (Emeritus) of Electrical and Computer Engineering (UVic and UBC) and Physics and Astronomy (UBC). His research is in the area of semiconductor materials and devices particularly thin film growth, surface characterization and photovoltaic devices. Recently he has become a student of quantum computing. He is a recipient of the North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference Innovator Award. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Physics from UBC. After graduating he worked on solar photovoltaics at Exxon Research and Engineering Co before rejoining UBC and then UVic. He has served in a variety of administrative roles including group leader, founding director of AMPEL, department head and dean. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
After obtaining a MEng in 1986 at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Frank van Veggel obtained his Ph.D. summa cum laude at the same university in 1990. He then joined the photonics research group of the Dutch chemical company Akzo (now Akzo Nobel). In 1992 he returned to the University of Twente as assistant professor. He pioneered the sensitized near-infrared luminescence of Ln3+ polydentate complexes. Two paradigm-shifting articles were published in 2002 on colloidally stable Ln3+ based nanoparticles with luminescence in the near-infrared. This established him as the world’s expert in this field. In 2002 he accepted a Tier II Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria, renewed in 2007, where he has continued to expand his research on nanoparticles, ranging from single-photon sources, Ln3+-doped, quantum dots, to superparamagnetic nanoparticles, and his reputation as a top materials chemistry researcher.