Quantum computing is the latest tech innovation promising to change the way we do science. When we make components of computers small enough, they start to follow the rules of quantum physics, which produces some very strange results. In the last few decades, we’ve realised that we can use this to our advantage. The properties of quantum mechanics can be used to solve extremely large problems, from modelling the weather or the economy, to cracking codes. The very first quantum computers are being built right now, all over the world.

What Students will do

In this project, students will get to use a real quantum computer, located in IBM’s quantum computing laboratory. Using the online IBM Q Experience program, they will run a variety of quantum algorithms on both a simulator and a quantum computer and compare the results to determine the accuracy of the quantum computer. 

Prerequisite Study

  • Advanced Maths (minimum 2 Unit Maths)
  • Physics

Areas of Student Interest

  • Quantum or Atomic Physics
  • Computing
  • Mathematics

Lead Academic: Michelle Simmons - Scientia Professor at UNSW, Director of CQC2T, Director of SQC, 2018 Australian of the Year, AO

Michelle Simmons

Professor Michelle Simmons is an ARC Laureate Fellow and has been the Director of the Centre of Quantum Computation and Communication Technology since 2010.  She is also the founding Director of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty. Ltd, Australia’s first quantum computing company and Editor-in-Chief of npj Quantum Information, Nature’s premier journal in the emerging field of quantum information science. 

Michelle has pioneered unique technologies globally to build electronic devices at the atomic scale. Her team is the only group world-wide that can create atomically precise devices in silicon – developing the first precision single atom transistor, narrowest conducting wires in silicon and most recently the demonstration of the first 2 qubit gate using phosphorus atoms in silicon. 



Samuel Wait

Mentor: Samuel Wait

Sam W has a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and a Bachelor of Education from UNSW. He has been a co-mentor of the SciX Quantum Computing project for the past two years.

Sam has conducted research with UNSW's Physics Education Research for Evidence Centred Teaching (PERfECT) group, primarily focussing on student understanding of astronomical objects and scale. He has collaborated with researchers in Australia and internationally, including in the US, UK, and Scandinavia.

Sam's focus in the classroom environment is on meeting the unique academic and welfare needs of all his students, and guiding them to success.  


Sam Sutherland

Mentor: Sam Sutherland

Sam S is researching near-term algorithms specifically for NISQ (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum) devices such as the silicon devices being created at UNSW. Sam loves physics and loves computer science and quantum computing is the nexus between the two! He want to be at the forefront of this exciting new technology as it emerges. Outside of work, Sam enjoys climbing, gymnastics and playing the trombone.