University of Calgary

University of Calgary launching Institute for Quantum Science and Technology

New institute one of only three in Canada

Sept. 19, 2013

The University of Calgary will announce tomorrow the launch of the new Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) in an effort to expand its research, training and outreach in this exciting and highly promising field.

Quantum science investigates, controls and exploits natural phenomena at small scales and high energies where standard classical science does not apply. The uncertainty principle and entanglement are examples of the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Quantum science is not just a fascinating puzzle, but also a means to transform technology.

The IQST, which replaces the Institute for Quantum Science (IQIS), will feature a broader mandate and include 30 additional members from the university.

WHAT:  Launch of the new Institute for Quantum Science and Technology.      
WHEN:  Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.                
WHERE: University of Calgary, Main Campus (MacEwan Hall, Cassio Rooms A and
       B). Lot 16 and lot 5 are in close proximity. Branded media vehicles  
       can park for free in any public campus outdoor parking site.
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--  Linda Johnson, MLA, Calgary-Glenmore, Government of Alberta
--  Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International), University of Calgary
--  Barry Sanders, director of the IQST and Alberta Innovates-Technology
    Futures Chair of Quantum Information Science
--  John Kendall, iCORE General Manager, Alberta Innovates-Technology
--  Marie D'Iorio, Executive Director, National Institute for Nanotechnology
    at National Research Council and IQST Board member
--  Chip Elliott, Chief Engineer, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Adjunct
    Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, and Principal
    Investigator for Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI)
--  Faculty members from the IQST will be on site to discuss their research
About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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