Breaking through classical boundaries

Pioneering the development of quantum-enabled technologies at the UW

Learn more about UW QuantumX

Transforming how we communicate, compute, and sense our world

About QuantumX

The University of Washington recognizes the accelerating impact of quantum information science and engineering (QISE) in advancing fundamental science and technology, with anticipated broad impacts on the local, state and national economies and security. In response, QuantumX was established as an interdisciplinary institute that seeks to advance and integrate QISE research, education, and commercialization across the UW community and its partners. It brings together QISE researchers and educators from across campus to foster new collaborative initiatives, nurture our vibrant quantum ecosystem, and educate students for a quantum-ready society. QuantumX serves as the QISE advisory body to internal and external organizations, including the Northwest Quantum Nexus.

Example activities that QuantumX supports or has supported in the past include:

  • Establishing the Graduate Certificate in QISE
  • Co-hosting QISE-related seminar speakers with UW departments
  • Sponsoring cross-campus scientific workshops
  • Establishing a cross-disciplinary Quantum Technologies Training and Testbed Lab, (QT3 Lab)
  • Supporting development of new infrastructure for QISE-related Centers and Institutes
  • Coordinating and supporting QISE curriculum development
  • Establishing and supporting the NSF NRT AQET Research Traineeship
  • Hosting quarterly networking events / poster sessions
  • Advertising events, funding, job & training opportunities
  • Maintaining outward communication with public on UW QISE research and training
  • Hosting annual Flagship Lecture about quantum technologies and progress in the field
  • Supporting interdisciplinary QISE hiring and investment
  • Recruiting students to further their QISE education
  • Facilitating industry involvement in QISE programs at UW

Focus Areas

QuantumX faculty and researchers are exploring the following areas:

Foundations and Consequences of Quantum Mechanics
Theoretical and experimental research of the foundations of quantum mechanics: wave function, measurement, entanglement.

Quantum Computation
Hardware, software, and algorithms to realize solutions to problems intractable on classical computers.

Quantum Simulation
Using controlled quantum systems to simulate quantum field theories and quantum many-body systems. This broad area ranges from simulation of fundamental physics to materials properties.

Quantum Materials and Materials for Quantum Information
Research of materials to enable quantum technologies and the study and synthesis of materials whose properties emerge from quantum interactions.

Quantum Communication and Networks
Hardware, software, and algorithms to realize secure communication protected by the laws of quantum mechanics. The development of quantum networks for scaling both communication and computation systems.

Quantum Sensing
Using quantum coherence and entanglement to achieve new limits in sensing