Quantum computing promises to be the next paradigm of computing, harnessing the principles of quantum physics to perform computations and conduct tasks impossible for classical architectures. Today, researchers in academia and industry rapidly advance the field by designing new hardware, software, and algorithms that bring quantum computers closer to their great potential for unlocking new knowledge in physics, chemistry, cryptography, and other fields.

UChicago CS boasts many faculty, research groups, and students engaged at the frontier of this groundbreaking technology, exploring new ways of programming, designing, and teaching about quantum computers. The Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC) collaboration, funded by an NSF Expedition in Computing grant and led by UChicago CS Professor Fred Chong, advances the abilities of near-term quantum computers. The department also benefits from deep connections with the Chicago Quantum Exchange, the National Quantum Information Science Research Centers at Argonne and Fermilab, and companies such as IBM and Intel.

Quantum Computing Research and Education

UChicago CS faculty research and teach about quantum computing hardware, software, programming, algorithms, and theory, building the future of this innovative technology.

Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC)

Launched in 2018 with a $10 million “Expeditions in Computing” grant from the National Science Foundation, the multi-institutional EPiQC collaboration seeks to narrow the gap to quantum computers capable of unprecedented feats. Quantum machines may soon be capable of performing calculations in chemistry, physics, and other fields that are extremely difficult or even impossible for today’s computers. The EPiQC mission is to develop new algorithms, software, and machine designs tailored to key properties of quantum device technologies with 100 to 1000 quantum bits — the scale researchers expect to reach over the next decade.

EPiQC is led by Fred Chong, Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science at UChicago, and includes collaborators from Duke, MIT, UCSB, Princeton, Argonne, Carnegie Mellon, and Georgia Tech. Faculty and student researchers in EPiQc have received numerous conference best paper and IEEE Top Picks awards, fellowships in industry, and started businesses in the emerging quantum sector. The collaboration also lays the foundation for tomorrow’s quantum computing experts, with innovative curricula, online courses, and museum exhibits reaching students from kindergarten through graduate school.

UChicago CS NewsMay 27, 2021

Three EPiQC Papers Chosen By IEEE Micro for Annual Top Picks Awards

May 27, 2021
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University of Chicago and UIUC Lead New Quantum Education Program

Aug 05, 2020

The UChicago Quantum Community

Quantum technology is about more than just computing, stretching into communication, sensing, imaging, and other scientific fields. The University of Chicago and its affiliated laboratories are global leaders in exploring this new frontier and its groundbreaking applications.

Chicago Quantum Exchange

STAQ: Software-Tailored Architectures for Quantum Co-Design

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

EPiQC Zine Project
A team of EPiQC staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and freelance artists have produced zines to educate the public about the history of quantum computing and topics such as superposition, entanglement, and reversibility.
EPiQC Zine Project
A team of EPiQC staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and freelance artists have produced zines to educate the public about the history of quantum computing and topics such as superposition, entanglement, and reversibility.
EPiQC Zine Project
A team of EPiQC staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and freelance artists have produced zines to educate the public about the history of quantum computing and topics such as superposition, entanglement, and reversibility.
EPiQC Zine Project
A team of EPiQC staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and freelance artists have produced zines to educate the public about the history of quantum computing and topics such as superposition, entanglement, and reversibility.

Quantum Computing News & Events

UChicago CS News

UChicago CS Spinout Super.tech Acquired by Quantum Ecosystem Leader ColdQuanta

May 10, 2022
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First-Year PhD Student Co-Authors Outstanding Paper Award Winner at TQC 2022

Apr 28, 2022
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Super.tech/EPiQC Quantum Computing Benchmark Receives Best Paper Award

Apr 14, 2022
In the News

Quanta Magazine Features Prof. Bill Fefferman’s Work on Quantum Algorithms

Jan 20, 2022
UChicago CS News

In-Fridge Controller Could Scale Up Quantum Computers, Award-Winning UChicago Research Finds

Jan 10, 2022
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EPiQC Research Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE Quantum Week

Oct 22, 2021
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UChicago and EPiQC Alum Yongshan Ding Joins Yale in Faculty Position

Oct 08, 2021
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Five UChicago CS Students Named to Siebel Scholars 2022 Class

Sep 23, 2021
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UChicago Researchers Excel in IBM Quantum Open Science Challenge

Jul 30, 2021
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Postdoc Kate Smith Receives IEEE Early Career Award in Microelectronics

Jun 28, 2021
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Three EPiQC Papers Chosen By IEEE Micro for Annual Top Picks Awards

May 27, 2021
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Six UChicago CS Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

Mar 08, 2021

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