QuSoft was recently launched by CWI, UvA and VU, and builds on these institutions’ excellent
track record in quantum computing and quantum information.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. It is part of NWO, the Dutch Science Council. Its mission is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields, and conveying this to society at large.

Research on quantum computing is one of the main themes of CWI’s Algorithms & Complexity (A&C) group. Its researchers aim to “exploit novel computational aspects of physical phenomena, using non-classical algorithms, or using classical algorithms in a non-classical manner”. Key issues are feasibility of technology, efficiency of algorithms, and theoretical basics.

Harry Buhrman, Professor of Computer Science at UvA and Leader of the A&C group at CWI, is now one of the two directors at QuSoft. He and Kareljan Schoutens, Professor of Theoretical Physics at UvA, lead QuSoft’s mission to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. The team working on quantum software at CWI has been incorporated into QuSoft.

University of Amsterdam


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a broad, research-intensive institution rooted in the city’s history. Its origins date back to 1632, when its forerunner, the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre, was established. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff, over 100 nationalities and a budget of more than 600 million euros, UvA is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe.

Research on quantum computing at UvA is organised through its research priority area Quantum Matter and Quantum Information (QM&QI), a joint effort between four research institutes of the Faculty of Science.

Within this research priority area physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians jointly explore how quantum principles enable faster computation and better information security, and which quantum systems are best suited to these applications.

QuSoft receives structural funding through QM&QI, taking UvA’s efforts in the development of quantum software to the next level. This structural funding promotes the strengthening and future sustainability of existing ties with dedicated quantum computing research institutes worldwide and researchers from computer industry partners including Google, Microsoft and ID Quantique.

VU University Amsterdam

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU champions universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which are reflected in its name — ‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’ — free from the interests of church, state and commerce.

For VU, participation in the QuSoft research center brings the opportunity to join the important and exciting research field of quantum software and its applications.