Michele Mosca

Chief Scientist - Quantum Algorithms and Cryptography

Michele Mosca is a cofounder of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, a professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization of the Faculty of Mathematics, and a founding member of Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is cofounder and director of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography. He also initiated the Quantum Cryptography Summer School for Young Scientists (QCSYS) at IQC.

Additionally, Professor Mosca was a founder of the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography, which brings together a broad range of stakeholders working toward globally standardized quantum-safe cryptography. He also cofounded evolutionQ Inc. to provide services and products that enable organizations to evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones.

Professor Mosca obtained his doctorate in Mathematics in 1999 from the University of Oxford on the topic of quantum computer algorithms. His research interests include quantum computation, cryptographic tools designed to be safe against quantum technologies, and software tools for quantum information processing systems.

Professor Mosca’s work is published widely in top journals, and he coauthored the respected textbook An Introduction to Quantum Computing (OUP). He has won numerous academic awards and honours, including 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000-2005), Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) since 2010, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation (2002-2012), University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo (2012-present), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and Fr. Norm Choate C.R., Lifetime Achievement Award (2017).