information science (QIS) is a new field of science
and technology which draws upon the disciplines of physical
science, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.
Its aim is to understand how fundamental physical laws
can be harnessed to dramatically improve the acquisition,
transmission, and processing of information.
inspiration for QIS is the discovery that quantum mechanics
can be exploited to perform important and otherwise
intractable information-processing tasks. Quantum effects
have already been used to create fundamentally unbreakable
cryptographic codes, to teleport the full quantum state
of a photon, and to compute certain functions in fewer
steps than any classical computer can.
aside from its technological implications, QIS is an
intellectually stimulating basic research field. Fundamental
questions such as "What is the computational power
of Nature?", "Can measurement be reversed?"
and "How much information can we learn?" continue
to drive the field and inspire new research directions.
expect that QIS will have an extensive impact on how
science is taught at the college and secondary level.
We also expect that QIS paradigms will enable quantum
physics to be understood better by a broad segment of
the lay public.
founded the Institute for Quantum Information (IQI)
to catalyze and stimulate QIS research. We sponsor a
vigorous visiting scholars program, develop and teach
novel QIS-based courses, hold regular interdisciplinary
seminars and workshops, mentor Ph.D. thesis research,
and support undergraduate research internships.
National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes the importance
of QIS to the scientific, economic, and technological
strength of our nation. They are our primary sponsor
and share our enthusiasm for exploring this new avenue
of human thought. For a comprehensive NSF report on
QIS and its role in science and society, please click
on the link below.
Report: Quantum Information Science
An emerging field of interdisciplinary
and education in science and engineering.