OVERVIEW

Quantum information theory has grown so diverse that it is now impossible to include all its strands in a single event. For this reason, this event will consist of 2 more specialized workshops (at the first and third weeks) with a broad conference in between (second week). We encourage the participants from the workshops to also take part in the conference.

 

For a preliminary book of abstracts click here. More abstracts to be added.

 

- QUANTUM FOUNDATIONS AND QUANTUM INFORMATION WORKSHOP (30.07.18- 03.08.18)

The field of quantum information evolved out of asking fundamental questions about the effect of quantum physics upon information processing. Within this context, the aim of this Workshop will be the discussion of a few topics that have emerged in recent years. An underlying feature of all recent development has been the search to understand, from more intuitive principles, why quantum mechanics describes nature so well. On one hand, this gave rise to the device-independent approach to quantum information, where solely by interacting through classical, experimental data we can manipulate quantum mechanical devices for certain tasks without needing to rely on any particular assumptions about implementations. On the other, it has shown that in order to understand quantum theory, unavoidably we have to revisit our most basic notions of cause and effect, what naturally led to a very promising direction of research, connecting causality, artificial intelligence and machine learning with problem in quantum information.

 

The workshop will cover on the following topics (but will not be limited to): Quantum correlations, Quantum cryptography, Quantum thermodynamics, Quantum Causality, Quantum machine learning, Quantum many-body systems, Quantum information-inspired experiments.

 

The workshop will have a key-note talk of 1 hour per day. Every other participant is also a potential speaker and can also give a talk about their work: we will have available an auditorium, 2 seminar rooms and 2 discussions rooms. To give a minimum structure to the workshop we have scheduled in advance 17 talks (30 minutes each). To maximize interactions and collaborations we expect that most of the other talks will be self-organized by the participants during the event (including potential parallel sessions and discussions). A preliminary book of abstracts is available here.

 

 For a preliminary program click here

 

Key-note speakers:

Antonio Acin, ICFO Barcelona, Spain

Caslav Brukner, IQOQI Vienna, Austria

Francesco Buscemi, Nagoya University, Japan

Marcus Huber, IQOQI Vienna, Austria

Philip Walther, University of Vienna, Austria

 

Preliminary list of participants/speakers:

Ariel Bendersky, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ashutosh Rai, IIP, Brazil

Askery Canabarro, IIP, Brazil

Barbara Amaral, UFSJ & IIP, Brazil

Benjamin Dive, Imperial College London, UK

Bertulio de Lima Bernardo, UFPB, Brazil

Cyril Branciard, Institut Neel, France

Davi de Freitas Barros, UFMG, Brazil

Davide Poderine, University of Rome, Italy

David Gross, University of Cologne, Germany

Diego Paiva Pires, IIP-UFRN, Brazil

Diogo Soares Pinto, IFSC-USP, Brazil

Emanuele Polino, University of Rome, Italy

Ernesto Galvão, UFF, Brazil

Eulises Alejandro Fonseca Parra, UFPE, Brazil

Fernando Parisio,UFPE, Brazil

Fernando de Melo, CBPF, Brazil

Felipe Montealegre-Mora, University of Cologne, Germany

Flavio Baccari, ICFO, Spain

Gabriel Senno, ICFO, Spain

Gabriela Lemos, IIP, Brazil

Gabriel Landi, USP, Brazil

Giulia Rubino, University of Vienna, Austria

Glaucia Murta, QuTech Delft, Netherland

Howard Barnum, University of New Mexico

Iris Agresti, University of Rome, Italy

Ivan Supic, ICFO

Jacques Pienaar, IIP, Brazil

Jean-Daniel Bancal, Basel University, Switzerland

Jessica Bavaresco, IQOQI, Austria

Joe Bowles, ICFO, Spain

Jordi Tura, Max Planck Garching, Germany

Julio de Vicente, Madrid University, Spain

Leandro Aolita, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Leonardo Guerini, ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil

Lucas Celeri, UFG, Brazil

Lukasz Rudnicki, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany

Marcelo Paleologo E F Santos, UFRJ, Brazil

Marcelo Terra Cunha, Unicamp, Brazil

Marco Piani, University of Strathclyde, UK

Mateus Araujo, University of Cologne, Germany

Marcio Mendes Taddei, UFRJ, Brazil

Marcos George Magalhães Moreno Filho, UFPE, Brazil

Marco Tulio Quintino, University of Tokyo, Japan

Markus Heinrich, University of Cologne, Germany

Matheus Capela, UFG, Brazil

Mirjam Weilenman, University of York, UK

Nadja Kolb Bernardes, UFPE, Brazil

Paul Skrzypczyk, Bristol University, England

Rafael Chaves, IIP, Brazil

Rafael Rabelo, Unicamp, Brazil

Ranieri Vieira Nery, UFRJ, Brazil

Renato Angelo, UFPR, Brazil

Roberto Dobal Baldijão, IFGW-Unicamp, Brazil

Samurai Brito, IIP, Brazil

Stefano Paesani, University of Bristol, UK

Thais de Lima Silva, UFRJ, Brazil

Thiago Guerreiro, PUC-Rio, Brazil

Thiago de Oliveira Maciel, UFMG, Brazil

Utkarsh Mishra, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, South Korea

  

- MODERN TOPICS ON QUANTUM INFORMATION CONFERENCE (06.08.18- 10.08.18)

The discovery that the microscopic laws of physics allow for a fundamental speedup over any classical approach to computation has arguably been the single most important boost to quantum information theory. After the initial excitement, there was a period of increased scepticism about whether the daunting engineering challenges of actually constructing a quantum computer could be overcome. However, significant progress e.g. in solid-state based qubit implementations over the past few years have increased the interest in quantum computation the point where now several leading technology corporations are now funding projects with the goal of demonstrating computational quantum supremacy. In parallel to that quantum information has also interconnected with several other areas, being nowadays an essential tool in other areas within physics (e.g. condensed matter physics, gravity, thermodynamics) as well as outside (e.g. machine learning, statistical and causal inference). The conference will cover topics that are of particular recent interest and that represent the broadness of quantum information.

 

The conference will cover on the following topics (but will not be limited to):Quantum computation, Quantum machine learning, Quantum cryptography, Quantum information and condensed matter physics, Quantum information and gravity, Quantum thermodynamics, Quantum information-inspired experiments.

 

There will be space available for those presenting posters.  For a preliminary program click here

 

Key-note speakers:

Fernando Brandão, Caltech, USA

Jens Eisert, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Laura Mancinska, Copenhagen, Denmark

Luiz Davidovich, UFRJ, Brazil

Stephen Walborn, UFRJ, Brazil

 

Speakers:

Ariel Bendersky, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cecilia Cormick, National University of Cordoba

Daniel Jost Brod, UFF, Brazil

Davide Poderine, University of Rome, Italy

Emanuele Polino, University of Rome, Italy

Felix Huber, University of Cologne, Germany

Flavio Baccari, ICFO, Spain

Fabricio Macedo de Souza, UFU, Brazil

Gabriela Barreto Lemos, IIP, Brazil

Gabriel Senno, ICFO, Spain

Glaucia Murta, QuTech Delft, Netherlands

Gustavo Lima, University of Concepcion, Chile

Ivan Supic, ICFO

Jessica Bavaresco, IQOQI, Austria

Leandro Aolita, UFRJ & ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil

Lukasz Rudnicki, Max Planck for the Science of Light, Germany

Lucas Celeri, UFG, Brazil

Marcelo França, UFRJ, Brazil

Marcio Mendes Taddei, UFRJ, Brazil

Marco Piani, University of Strathclyde, UK

Marco Tulio Quintino, University of Tokyo, Japan

María José Sánchez, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina

Mehmet Burak Sahinoglu, Caltech, USA

Marco Vinicio Sebastian Cerezo de la Roca, Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP-CONICET), Argentina

Mario Berta, Imperial College London, UK

Mirjam Weilenman, University of York, UK

Ranieri Vieira Nery, UFRJ, Brazil

Raphael Campos Drumond, UFMG, Brazil

Richard Kueng, Caltech, USA

Roberto Serra, UFABC, Brazil

Rodrigo Pereira, IIP, Brazil

Roberto Benjamin Salazar Vargas, University of Gdansk, Poland

Stefano Paesani, University of Bristol, UK

Tobias Fritz, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany

Vikesh Siddhu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

 

- CONVEXITY AND QUANTUM INFORMATION WORKSHOP (13.8.18- 17.08.18)

 

There has been an extremely fruitful interchange of ideas between quantum information and the field of convex geometry.

Convex optimization theory, for instance, is overtly concerned with the applied problem of solving certain optimization problems that are important e.g. in engineering. More interestingly, though, it is also provides increasingly important theoretical tools with applications to computational complexity theory. One major reason is that the convex optimization technique of semi-definite programming (SDP) is one of the most powerful methods for systematically deriving relaxations that give approximate solutions to otherwise computationally hard problems. For many tasks e.g. in graph theory or signal analysis, SDPs give rise to the best-known approximate algorithms.

In turn, since the set of states and operations in quantum theory are defined by semi-definite constraints, it is plausible that SDPs are relevant in this context. This is indeed true, and SDPs provide powerful techniques e.g. for identifying and quantifying entanglement. However, the past few years have seen a reversal in the flow of ideas in that several researchers from quantum information used physics-inspired concepts to contribute to convex optimization theory. Examples include the high-profile solution of a long-standing open problem showing that there is no efficient SDP formulation of the Traveling Salesperson Problem; the development of converging hierarchies of SDP-relaxations to problems specified by polynomials in non-commuting variables; the use of methods from quantum information to develop the first general theory of low-rank matrix recovery using SDPs; and the very recent discovery that quantum computers offer exponential speedups for solving certain SDPs.

Lastly, there is increased interest in exploring probabilistic theories that generalize quantum theory. They are naturally described in terms of "states" and "effects", which form pairs of dual convex cones. A significant amount of research has gone into characterizing the physical properties of such theories in terms of the convex geometry of these sets.

 

The workshop will have a key-note talk of 1 hour per day. Every other participant is also a potential speaker and can also give a talk about their work: we will have available an auditorium, 2 seminar rooms and 2 discussions rooms. To give a minimum structure to the workshop we have scheduled in advance 16 talks (30 minutes each). To maximize interactions and collaborations we expect that many other talks will be self-organized by the participants during the event (including potential parallel sessions and discussions).  A preliminary book of abstracts is available here..

 

For a preliminary program click here

 

Key-note speakers:

Boaz Barak, Computer Science, Harvard University, USA

Howard Barnum, University of New Mexico, USA

Jean B. Lasserre,LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France, TMBI (Univ. Toulouse)

Omar Fawzi, Computer Science, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Miguel Navascues, Physics, IQOQI Vienna, Austria

 

Preliminary list of Participants/Speakers:

Askery Canabarro, IIP-UFRN, Brazil

Bertulio de Lima Bernardo, UFPB, Brazil

David Gross, University of Cologne, Germany

Denis Rosset, Perimeter Institute, Canada

Diego Paiva Pires, IIP-UFRN, Brazil

Eulises Alejandro Fonseca Parra, UFPE, Brazil

Fernando Brandão, Caltech, USA

Felix Huber, University of Cologne, Germany

Frank Vallentin, University of Cologne, Germany

Gabriela Lemos, IIP, Brazil

Jacques Pienaar, IIP, Brazil

Jamie Sikora, Perimeter Institute, Canada

Jessica Bavaresco, IQOQI, Austria

Laura Mancinska, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Leonardo Guerini, ICTP-SAIRF, Brazil

Leonardo Guerini, ICTP-SAIRF, Brazil

Leandro Aolita, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mario Berta, Imperial College London, UK

Marcos George Magalhães Moreno Filho, UFPE, Brazil

Marco Tulio Quintino, University of Tokyo, Japan

Mehmet Burak Sahinoglu, Caltech, USA

Rafael Chaves, IIP, Brazil

Ranieri Vieira Nery, UFRJ, Brazil

Renato Portugal, LNCC, Brazil

Richard Kueng, Caltech, USA

Samurai Brito, IIP, Brazil

Thiago de Oliveira Maciel, UFMG, Brazil

Tobias Fritz, Max Planck, Germany

Utkarsh Mishra, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, South Korea

Vikesh Siddhu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

 

 

  

REGISTRATION

 

In order to assist the organizing staff to timely issue invitation and visa letters, book accommodation and communicate important information, the prospective participants are kindly asked to register by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of this page.

 

Please notice that the registration is done in 2 steps. First one has to create an account at the IIP website, input some information and choose a password. After that you have to register in the event "Modern Topics in Quantum Information" and fill the required information (abstract, dates, etc). In the field "Please inform here any other relevant information" please indicate to which part of the event you are submmiting your talk/poster (1st or 2nd Workshop or for the Conference).

 

Registration deadline for talk submission and support request: May 19, 2018

Registration deadline for participation in the events: June 30, 2018

 

REGISTRATION FEE

 

The policy of the International Institute of Physics with respect to organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community (institutions in Natal) are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee. Participants will have daily fee transport to the conference venue (bus shuttle), coffee-breaks and lunch. The conference fee as well include the conference dinner.

 

For those participanting one week only

 

Students = R$300 Brazilian reais

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 500 Brazilian reais

 

For those participanting longer than one week

 

Students = R$450 Brazilian reais

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 800 Brazilian reais

 

*Registration fee is accepted in cash only.

** Information about lodging will be posted soon.

 

ACCOMMODATION  

 

The organizing committee has made a preliminary block reservation for conference participants in two hotels:

 

Visual Praia hotel

www.visualpraiahotel.com.br

 

Single room: R$235,00 Brazilian reais per night

Double room:  R$ 253,00 Brazilian reais per night

 

Hotel Pousada O Tempo e o Vento

www.otempoeovento.com.br

 

Single room: R$ 90,00 Brazilian reais per night

Double room: R$ 140,00 Brazilian reais per night

 

For booking, please contact the hotel of your choice directly.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Available for those who qualify for financial help. You may apply for financial support when filling out your registration form (Registration page).

 

For more information, please contact our events department at: events@iip.ufrn.br