David Kribs

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Professor and University Research Chair, Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ext. 53038
MACN 546

Education and Employment Background

Prof. David Kribs received his PhD from the Department of Pure Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 2000. From 2000-2002, Kribs held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Visiting Researcher at several institutions including the University of Iowa, Lancaster University, and the University of Waterloo. He went on to work as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University between 2002 and 2003. In 2003, Kribs joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph where he is now a full Professor and holds a University Research Chair in Quantum Information.

Research Themes

Prof. Kribs is a member of the Quantum Information Group at the University of Guelph where is research centers around the mathematics of quantum information. He explores quantum error correction, entanglement theory, quantum cryptography, and the connections between theoretical and experimental quantum information science. Key research themes include:

  1. Quantum Error Correction. Protecting quantum information from undesirable noise has the potential to become a breakthrough in the field of quantum computing. Prof. Kribs explores problems like environmental noise with novel investigative methods that use mathematics-based tools and tricks from fancy math topics like matrix theory, operator algebras, and functional analysis.
  2. Operator Structures. A basic problem in quantum information theory is how to identify a state from a set of known states on a composite quantum system, using only quantum operations that are local to the individual sub-systems. Prof. Kribs is interested in operator structures, such as operator systems, operator algebras and Hilbert C*-modules.
  3. Methods in Quantum Information. Prof. Kribs examines a wide array of methods in quantum information including operator algebras, quantum computing, quantum error correction, quantum cryptography, quantum information processing, matrix theory, operator spaces, matrix analysis, and functional analysis.


  • NSERC Discovery Grant, 2004-present, and NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement, 2008-2009 
  • International Academic Advisor, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 2014-present 
  • Associate Member of the Institute for Quantum Computing 
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2006-2011 
  • University Research Chair in Quantum Information, University of Guelph, 2013-2020 

Media Coverage

Quantum Information Group