The four new research chairs:
University Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing
Quantum information revolutionizes the way we communicate and compute. Thanks to quantum phenomena such as entanglement, superposition and interference, ultrafast computations and secure communications become possible. This research aims at ensuring that our information infrastructure remains both functional and secure in the presence of quantum information technologies. On one hand, we deal with the threats that stem from ultrafast quantum computations; on the other hand, we exploit the properties of quantum information in order to provide secure solutions.
University Research Chair in Ice Dynamics and Cryospheric Changes in
The central aim of this research program is to improve understanding of ice dynamics and the impact of climate change on ice masses in northern
University Research Chair in Macroecology and Conservation Biology
Biodiversity is the product of complex interactions between evolutionary processes and our physical environment, and has yielded a host of stunningly beautiful and incredibly varied species. However, human activity is changing global environments in ways that may erode this evolutionary heritage. This research program seeks to explore ways in which physical barriers such as mountain ranges limit contact between groups of species. Isolation may promote the formation of new species, which can then be detected in the subtle branching of their evolutionary trees. However, there is concern that human-caused climate and habitat changes may reverse the effects of evolution and erode biodiversity.
University Research Chair in Nanotechnology
As global mobility increases, our expectations with regard to processing time and data volume increase exponentially in lockstep with our growing energy demands. The goal is not to do less, but to do more with less, and to do so for less energy, hence the need for innovation in the field of molecular electronics. One such innovation is the development of nanoscale magnets whose small size and inherent properties offer the promise of hard drives and quantum computers that aresmaller, faster, higher density and more energy efficient. The proposed research will apply innovative synthetic methods to produce nanomagnets that could eventually lead to the commercialization of molecular electronics.
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