New mural merges the scientific and fantastic to tell a story about SBQMI

13 Oct2020

Pictured, above: Artist Gina Leon stands beside the mural after installation on September 18, 2020 (image credit: Pinder Dosanjh). Right: the mural on the first-floor landing (image credit: James Day).

A new mural at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) greets entrants to the Brimacombe Building. Positioned on the landing between the first and second floors, it...

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  • Art

People of SBQMI: Bahiyyih Peters

09 Oct2020

Pictured: Bahiyyih Peters on a hike in Kananaskis Country, outside of Calgary, Alberta, this past summer.

For Bahiyyih Peters, August in the middle of a pandemic was a strange time to begin a new role at the University of British Columbia (UBC); though she has only known remote work during her time at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter...

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Outreach programs adapt and find success connecting with audiences remotely

16 Sep2020

With big changes and very little certainty about what the months ahead would look like – or what would be possible as the COVID-19 pandemic wore on – much of our annual summer programming looked a lot different in 2020. Programs that traditionally engaged in-person audiences were forced to adapt to virtual spaces, turning months of planning for in-person summer...

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COVID-19 challenge presents opportunity to develop meaningful online learning for undergrads

14 Sep2020

“Every crisis is an opportunity,” says Doug Bonn . When the University of British Columbia announced that the majority of classes in Term 1 of the 2020 Winter Session would be taught online, a team of faculty, staff, graduate students, and Quantum Pathways students came together to adapt traditionally in-person first-year physics labs to an online environment. “I had always...

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Rapid adaptation brings SBQMI teams back to work in support of novel coronavirus diagnostic tool

11 Sep2020

Image source: Prof. Lukas Chrostowski.

On September 2, Lukas Chrostowski and colleagues presented their work to develop a powerful and low-cost sensor platform technology based on silicon chips that could one day be deployed for on-the-go diagnostic testing for coronavirus—and future novel diseases—to an audience that included UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Santa Ono, as well as Prime Minister...

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UBC’s Joseph Salfi is in the right place at the right time

08 Sep2020

In 1943, Thomas Watson, then president of IBM, said "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

“I bet you’ve got three computers on your desk right now,” said Joseph Salfi , a newly appointed researcher at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI). Salfi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer...

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UBC’s Roman Krems is solving quantum problems by machine learning

04 Sep2020

At the intersection of quantum physics, theoretical chemistry and machine learning, Roman Krems is working to understand realities outside the mathematical limitations of the known world. But his approach is novel; rather than harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to wade through quantum mechanical data, he is hoping to train machines to approach physics exploration the way a human physicist...

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  • Faculty

Quantum Computing training series connected international audiences with Canadian expertise

17 Aug2020

Last week, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) joined partners at TRIUMF, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (Germany) in celebrating the successful conclusion the Cornerstone Models for Quantum Computing series. The series, which comprised eight lectures and tutorials over four weeks, attracted international participation and engaged audiences from across North America, Europe...

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  • Teaching

A seat in the room where it happens

12 Aug2020

Alannah Hallas (pictured) has a seat in one of the most exclusive rooms in quantum physics for the next two years, thanks to the support of a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars award . Hallas, who began her role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in UBC's Faculty of Science and established the Quantum Materials Design...

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CREATE program to crystalize eminence in quantum computing training in BC

18 Jun2020

Pictured: Arman Zaribafiyan, Head of Quantum Simulation at Vancouver-based software company and CREATE program partner 1QBit, leading a seminar for UBC graduate students.

A new program aimed at developing leaders in quantum computing—solidifying British Columbia’s (BC’s) reputation as an international quantum technology hub—was awarded $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

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