David Poulin

Bio Outline


  • Program Co-Director
  • Quantum Information Science


  • Université de Sherbrooke
Department of Physics


  • Canada


PhD (Physics), University of Waterloo
MSc (Physics), Université de Montréal
BSc (Physics), Université de Sherbrooke


David Poulin is a physicist whose research focuses primarily on finding efficient methods to protect quantum information.

This includes the design of high-performance quantum error correcting codes and the search for innovative fault-tolerant techniques. He is also interested in the design of classical and quantum algorithms for the simulation of quantum many-body systems.


Affiliate, Perimeter Institute

Member, INTRIQ

Director, EPIQ

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Alumni Gold Medal, University of Waterloo

W.B. Pearson Medal, University of Waterloo

Relevant Publications

Poulin, D. "Stabilizer Formalism for operator quantum error correction." Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, no. 23 (2005): 230504.

Duclos-Cianci, G., and D. Poulin. "Fast decoders for topological quantum codes." Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, no. 5 (2010): 050504.

Temme, K. et al. "Quantum metropolis sampling." Nature 471, no. 7336 (2011): 87–90.

Brayyi, S. et al. "Tradeoffs for reliable quantum information storage in 2D systems." Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, no. 5 (2010): 050503.

Poulin, D. "Lieb-Robinson bound and locality for general Markovian quantum dynamics." Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, no. 19 (2010): 190401.