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Next event: Feb. 21 | Quantum Research

At the University of Calgary, we’re not just talking about the future—we’re actively building it. Join us in exploring society’s biggest challenges and meet the innovators with bold ideas to solve them.

Creating Tomorrow is a showcase of the changemakers that embody UCalgary’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. You'll learn about the cutting-edge work happening at UCalgary and how it can impact you.

Quantum Research: Transforming the Future

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Thanks to the discoveries of quantum science, we have technology that has made everything from the remarkable to the ordinary possible. From atomic clocks and life-saving surgeries to fluorescent light bulbs and cellphones, you use quantum technology every single day.

Right now, UCalgary researchers are seeking incredible breakthroughs that will reshape industries and transform our lives. Learn how our quantum ecosystem is driving the next quantum revolution, from the foundations of physics to commercial innovations in cybersecurity, energy and beyond.

Keynote speaker Dr. Urbasi Sinha, PhD, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Photonic Quantum Science and Technologies, will explore the fascinating world of quantum research and how it will impact our daily lives.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Time: 5 – 7:15 p.m. (MT)
Location: Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) Atrium, University of Calgary (main campus)

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Dr. Urbasi Sinha, PhD

About the keynote: Dr. Urbasi Sinha, PhD

Sinha is an internationally leading quantum scientist and professor at the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, India, where she leads the Quantum Information and Computing Laboratory. She will join UCalgary this summer as a professor in the Faculty of Science and the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Photonic Quantum Science and Technologies. Sinha’s CERC will create a test bed for quantum computing and communication that use qudit systems — technology that could revolutionize our lives by disrupting the foundation of information science.

Urbasi Sinha is a Professor at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) in Bangalore, India. She is heading the Quantum Information and Computing (QuIC) laboratory at RRI. She is an associate faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), Canada, and the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control, University of Toronto, Canada. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University, UK, on experiments in high temperature superconductivity. She completed her M.Sc. in Physics (Natural Sciences Tripos), also from Cambridge. She was a Gates Cambridge scholar during her Ph.D. and a Nehru-Chevening scholar during her masters. She was a post-doctoral research associate in the Cavendish labs, Cambridge as well as at IQC Canada. Her lab at RRI specializes in experiments on quantum information processing including quantum computing, secure quantum communication (both quantum key distribution as well as entanglement distribution-based quantum repeater approaches) as well as quantum imaging and sensing primarily using single and entangled photons. She is heading India’s first project on satellite based secure quantum communications. 

Sinha has been awarded several extramural grants from national agencies in India like the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India and the Indian Space Research Organization as well as international agencies like the John Templeton Foundation USA as well as the India Trento Programme for Advanced research. Her scientific recognitions include the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in the year 2017, the 2018 ICTP-ICO Gallieno Denardo Award in Optics, being recognised as one of Asia’s Top 100 scientists by the Asian Scientist for the year 2019 as well as the Simon’s Emmy Noether Fellowship at the Perimeter Institute, Canada from 2020 to 2022. In August 2020, she led the two-member winning team as a mentor, at the World Skills International Competition in Quantum Technology at the BRICS Future Skills Challenge, organised by the Russian Quantum Centre in Moscow, Russia with competitors from several countries worldwide. She won the ASSOCHAM Women in Cyber: Making a Difference award in the category “Cyber - Leading from the front” in 2021. Recently, she has been awarded the prestigious 26th SIES Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi National Eminence award for the year 2023 in the domain of science and technology as well as the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Photonic Quantum Science and Technologies by the Govt. of Canada.

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