Who we are

Quantum Research Centre (QRC) is a new international centre of excellence for research into quantum technologies. Led by a globally recognised expert in the field, Professor Jose Ignacio Latorre, we are dedicated to building the first quantum computer in the region.

At QRC, we are inspired by our vision of quantum technologies that recognises the numerous positive applications our work can have in industries and scientific disciplines far beyond our core areas of focus.

QRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research centre that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What we do

At QRC, we are developing a new generation of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography, quantum communications and quantum sensing. We conduct basic research and partner with other scientific institutions to pioneer new projects​.

The focus of our research is threefold: pursuing a full-stack approach to quantum computation based on superconducting circuits, crafting ultra-precise quantum sensors that exploit the levitation properties of microscopic objects, and designing entanglement distribution for quantum communication.

The research spirit of the centre is complemented by a strong interest in applications such as quantum algorithms for artificial intelligence and drug discovery, a new generation of navigation devices, and real-life quantum cryptographic solutions.

Today, our work focuses on:

Our team

At QRC, we are bringing together a team of the sharpest minds from across the global quantum community to investigate the toughest questions and respond to critical challenges – while always following strict ethical principles. 


Prof. Dr José Ignacio Latorre

Chief Researcher
Quantum Research Centre

Prof. José Ignacio Latorre is Chief Researcher of the Quantum Research Centre

A Full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona (on leave), he has been associated with several prestigious research institutions including the Niels Bohr Institute (Copehangen, Denmark), Centre for Quantum Technologies (Singapore), CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics - Nikhef (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). 

Prof. Latorre is a founder of Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, an institution that supports high-level international scientific events. He was also a founder of the NNPDF collaboration that performs research in the field of high-energy physics and develops artificial intelligence technology for the treatment of all data coming from the high-energy physics laboratory LHC, at CERN.

Prof. Latorre has authored over 130 research papers in international journals on particle physics and quantum information and three books on quantum mechanics and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He is actively engaged in outreach - giving motivational talks to young people everywhere, organising large-scale scientific exhibitions and editing science documentaries. Prof. Latorre was also associated with multiple startups, including a spinoff from the University of Barcelona. He consults national research agencies as Advisor.

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