PI Associate Faculty Member Michele Mosca has been named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40TM.
The award, announced in The Globe and Mail, recognizes 40 young Canadians whose leadership has made positive differences in their communities and the country as a whole.
Honourees were selected from a field of over 1,000 nominees by an independent advisory board of Canadian business leaders. Criteria for selection included vision and leadership, innovation and achievement, and impact, among others.
"Professor Mosca is an exceptional scientist and a remarkable young leader," commented PI Director Neil Turok. "His efforts were crucial to the establishment of both Perimeter and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. His leadership and many scientific achievements have helped make Waterloo one of the top centres worldwide in the exciting new science of quantum computing, a field which holds enormous potential for future technologies."
"I'm very honoured and thankful to be counted among such a prestigious group of Canadians," said Mosca. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet this remarkable group of people and gain further inspiration and ideas for the future."
Professor Mosca has made major contributions to the theory and practice of quantum information processing, particularly in the areas of quantum algorithms, and in quantum cryptography, which harnesses the principles of quantum mechanics to ensure data security.
Together with collaborators at Oxford, Mosca realized several of the first implementations of quantum algorithms using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. After earning his doctorate at Oxford, Mosca returned to his native Canada with the vision of establishing a world-class research group to investigate the emerging science of quantum information.
In 1999, he returned to Canada, and later joined the nascent Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) as a founding researcher and began assembling a core team of quantum information researchers. This convergence of top scientists led Mike Lazaridis, co-founder and co-CEO of Research in Motion, to fund a new research centre devoted specifically to quantum information — the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. The two institutes have since established Waterloo as a worldwide epicentre for quantum computing research.
In addition to his leadership in establishing PI and IQC, Mosca has made key contributions to the theoretical foundations of quantum computing, developing what are now textbook approaches to quantum algorithms and methods for studying their limitations. In the area of quantum security, he helped to define the notion of private quantum channels which offer optimal methods for encrypting quantum information, and to develop a paradigm and tools for computing with untrusted quantum apparatus. He also co-authored An Introduction to Quantum Computing, a key textbook in the field.
In addition to his appointment at Perimeter, Professor Mosca holds the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation at the University of Waterloo. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
"This award symbolizes work that I couldn't have done without the encouragement and guidance of many exceptional people," said Mosca. "Our goal has been to become the 'Quantum Valley' of the world. We have been laying a foundation in Canada, with invaluable support from private, provincial and federal funding. I'd like us to build on that foundation by making major breakthroughs and nurturing the next generation of quantum researchers, to turn the breakthroughs into benefits for society."
- An Introduction to Quantum Computing, Oxford University Press, 2006 (with P. Kaye & R. Laflamme).