Dr Michele Mosca


Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

RAC2 1106, 200 University Ave. W.
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Michele (Mike) Mosca obtained a BMath from St. Jerome's University and the University of Waterloo in 1995 and was recipient of the UW Mathematics Faculty Alumni Gold Medal. He went to Wolfson College, University of Oxford, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and received an MSc in mathematics and the foundations of computer science in 1996. He continued at Oxford on a UK Communications-Electronic Security Group scholarship, obtaining a DPhil in quantum computer algorithms in 1999 while holding the Robin Gandy Junior Research Fellowship.

He is a co-founder and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member at St. Jerome’s University and in the Combinatorics & Optimization department of the University of Waterloo, with cross-appointments in Computer Science and Physics. Dr. Mosca has made major contributions to the theory and practice of quantum information processing, particularly in the areas of quantum algorithms, techniques for studying the limitations of quantum computers, quantum self-testing and private quantum channels. Together with collaborators at Oxford, he realized several of the first implementations of quantum algorithms using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He has made major contributions to the phase estimation approach to quantum algorithms, including the hidden subgroup problems, and quantum searching and counting. In the area of quantum security, he helped define the notion of private quantum channels and develop optimal methods for encrypting quantum information using classical keys. His more recent work is focusing on methods for testing untrusted quantum apparatus. Dr. Mosca has published widely in top journals including Nature, Physical Review Letters, and SIAM Journal on Computing.

Dr. Mosca has won numerous academic awards and honours, including the Commonwealth Scholarship, the Premier's Research Excellence Award (2000-2005), and a Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation (2002-2012). He has been a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) scholar since September 2003 and is a member of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research.

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