CWI was one of the first institutes worldwide to start researching quantum computing in the mid-1990s. In 2015 CWI and the University of Amsterdam established one of the first quantum software research centers in the world: QuSoft.
Quantum computers are fundamentally different from today's classical computers. This allows them to perform calculations much faster, and sometimes in a safer way. To do this, they use qubits, the quantum mechanical equivalent of the classical bit.
- Quantum algorithms and complexity. With quantum computing, you also need new algorithmic strategies. We develop and research new quantum algorithms and study the limitations of quantum computing.
- Quantum information science. This area investigates the questions that arise when information is processed according to the rules of quantum mechanics.
- Quantum cryptography. Cryptography in the quantum world is a double-edged sword: quantum algorithms can break most public-key cryptographic systems currently in use, but there are also ways to repair cryptography and design fundamentally new cryptographic systems that run on quantum hardware.
- Quantum for society and business. We collaborate with companies and organizations to develop and apply new algorithms. CWI is a founding member of the Quantum Application Lab (QAL), a public-private partnership.
You can find more about our research focus areas in the Strategic Plan 2022-2027.