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Quantum Computation, Quantum Information, and the Exact Sciences (January 30 - 31, 2015)


Idea and Motivation

Quantum computation and quantum information theory (QCIT) are two burgeoning fields which are concerned with the ways in which the resources of quantum mechanics can be used to develop algorithms and protocols for handling information faster and more efficiently than is possible using conventional means. Since quantum computation and information theory combine and connect concepts from physics, mathematics, computer science, and information theory, they promise to illuminate the foundations of all of these sciences. The aim of this conference is to explore these connections; i.e., between the philosophy and foundations of quantum computation and information theory, and more traditional philosophical and foundational questions in these and other of the so-called “exact sciences.”


30 January

08:30 - 09:00 Registration (Room E206)
09:00 - 09:15 Opening words: Michael Cuffaro, Samuel Fletcher, Johannes Kofler
09:10 - 09:15 Welcome: Stephan Hartmann
09:15 - 10:45 Keynote:
Chris Timpson: Quantum information: Ontological and conceptual aspects
Chair: Michael Cuffaro
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10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Gemma De Las Cuevas: Fundamental limitations of purification problems
Chair: Michael Cuffaro 
11:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:15 Alexei Grinbaum: If the observer is defined informationally, what is quantum theory?
Chair: Patricia Palacios
14:15 - 15:00 Vasil Penchev: Quantum information as the information of infinite series
Chair: Patricia Palacios
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:15 Adrien Feix and ńĆaslav Brukner: Superposition of causal ordering between parties as a communication complexity resource
Chair: Lucas Clemente
16:15 - 17:00 Lucas Dunlap: Would the Existence of CTCs Allow for Nonlocal Signaling?
Chair: Lucas Clemente
17:00 - 17:15 Break
17:15 - 18:45 Keynote:
Rüdiger Schack: QBism and the Born rule
Chair: Johannes Kofler
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19:15 Conference dinner: "Georgenhof"

31 January

09:00 - 10:30 Keynote:
Hans Briegel: Towards quantum artificial intelligence
Chair: Johannes Kofler
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Hector Freytes and Giuseppe Sergioli: Non-Separability in the Representation of Fuzzy Structures in Quantum Computation
Chair: Carina Prunkl
11:45 - 12:30 Sam Fletcher: The Physical Basis of Computation and Computational Complexity
Chair: Carina Prunkl
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:45 Ronnie Hermens: The relevance of Gleason’s Theorem for Bayesian interpretations of quantum probabilities
Chair: Wolfgang Pietsch
14:45 - 15:30 Gerd Niestegge: Non-classical conditional probability, quantum measurement, and the no-cloning theorem
Chair: Wolfgang Pietsch
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45 Kohtaro Tadaki: A Refinement of Quantum Mechanics by Algorithmic Randomness
Chair: Sam Fletcher
16:45 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 18:30 Keynote:
Leah Henderson: Quantum information theory and the quantum state
Chair: Sam Fletcher 
18:45 Informal drinks


The conference is supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.