Volume 12, Number 11 February 4, 2005

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New U of C institute

CALGARY – The new and growing interdisciplinary field dedicated to exploring the nexus between computer science and quantum physics is the focus of a research unit set up at the University of Calgary.

With the launch of its Institute for Quantum Information Science, the U of C joins fewer than 10 other institutions worldwide dedicated to this field that is making breakthroughs in information security and contributing to a new paradigm in computing, according to a university news release. While the full potential of quantum information science is unknown, Barry Sanders, director of the new institute, said the “important thing is that it promises to be revolutionary.”

The new structure brings together researchers from computer science, mathematics and physics to do theoretical and experimental work.

Research park planned

HAMILTON – McMaster University has finalized the purchase of land in the city’s west end for a research park.

Created in partnership with the City of Hamilton, which has pledged $5 million toward development of a biotech incubator, the park will complement the University’s research by providing opportunities for collaboration with government and industry, according to McMaster’s vice-president of research Mamdouh Shoukri. In a news release, Shoukri said the park provides “endless” possibilities for “expanding the intellectual and financial capital for Hamilton”.


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