From 12 September 2022 to 9 December 2022, the Focus Semester on Quantum Information will take place at Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany. The lectures will be onsite only.

The aim is to study quantum information theory from the perspectives of mathematics, physics and computer science. Here is a brief video teaser on YouTube.

We will have numerous international experts giving multidisciplinary lectures at Saarland University, accompanied by various research talks in seminars.

The program will be accessible for first year Master's students (physics, mathematics or computer science), in particular, providing an introduction to this modern field. However, also PhD students, postdocs and researchers are welcome to participate in the program.

The deadline for applying for financial support has passed. However, you may still register (in particular, if you do not need any accommodation) by sending an email to qitsemester at math.uni-sb.de. See also below.

News

The deadline for applying for financial support has passed. However, you may still register (in particular, if you do not need any accommodation), see below.

A preliminary schedule of the lectures is online, see below.

Download the poster and advertise the Focus Semester on Quantum Information!

Goal of the program

Quantum information theory is at the interface of mathematics, physics and computer science - it is genuinely interdisciplinary. Throughout the Focus Semester on Quantum Information we will approach quantum information theory from these three perspectives aiming at a complete picture of the field. 

The goals are on the one hand to educate a new generation of Master's students and young scientists in this modern domain with a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature. The lectures will be accessible for first year Master's students of mathematics, physics or computer science. On the other hand, we will bring together world leading international experts on quantum information in order to foster the research in this direction.

Organizers

Markus Bläser (Saarland University, Department of Computer Science)

Michael Brannan (University of Waterloo, Department of Pure Mathematics and Institute for Quantum Computing)

Giovanna Morigi (Saarland University, Department of Physics)

Moritz Weber (Saarland University, Department of Mathematics)

Registration

The registration deadline for financial support has passed.

However, you may still register (in particular, if you do not need any kind of accommodation) by sending an email to

qitsemester at math.uni-sb.de

stating your name, your affiliation, your status (Bachelor's student/Master's student/PhD student/postdoc/...) your field of study/research/interests and your estimated travel/participation dates. 

Overview on the schedule

12 September - 23 September 2022 (Pre-program): Introductory talks by students and local researchers as well as short expository talks by students on their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD projects. Participation is not mandatory for the upcoming lectures.

26 September - 2 December 2022 (Core program): Introductory and special lectures given by invited international experts in quantum information theory. Accompanied by a research seminar on quantum information consisting in research talks as well as the seminar Women in Quantum Information.

5 December - 9 December 2022 (Concluding program): One week workshop on quantum information theory from the perspectives of mathematics, physics and computer science. Invited speakers from all over the world.

(more details below)

Lecturers and speakers Funded by

Elements of the Focus Program on Quantum Information

Preparatory seminar (12 Sept - 23 Sept 2022)

In this two weeks warm up program, we will have introductory and survey talks given by students and local researchers. Moreover, local and visiting students are invited to present their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD projects in short expository talks.

The participation in this short pre-program is not mandatory for the upcoming lectures.

Lectures on QIT (26 Sept - 2 Dec 2022)

These ten weeks of lectures are the core program of the Focus Semester on Quantum Information. 

Various international experts are invited to give introductory and special lectures on topics in quantum information theory. These lectures can range from 2-10 lectures depending on the lecturer. The lectures will cover aspects of mathematics, physics and computer science.

We emphasize that the lectures shall be accessible for first year's Master's students of mathematics, physics or computer science.

Lectures and topics (tentative):

  • 26 Sept - 11 Oct, Introduction to Mathematical Foundations of QIT, Jason Crann
  • 26 Sept - 30 Sept, Strong convergence and random matrices, Benoit Collins
  • 26 Sept - 30 Sept, Introduction to open quantum systems, Giovanna Morigi
  • 29 Sept - 30 Sept, Introduction to quantum algorithms, Michael Walter
  • 3 Oct - 7 Oct, Control of open quantum systems, Christiane Koch
  • 17 Oct - 21 Oct, Quantum algorithms and quantum control, Giuseppe Santoro
  • 17 Oct - 21 Oct, Quantum many-body open systems, Rosario Fazio
  • 20 Oct - 28 Oct, Quantum cryptography, Anne Broadbent
  • 24 Oct - 28 Oct, Device independent quantum information processing, Antonio Acin
  • 31 Oct - 11 Nov, Mathematical Foundations of QIT and Entanglement, Ion Nechita
  • 7 Nov - 11 Nov, Topological quantum computing, Eric Rowell
  • 7 Nov - 25 Nov, Security of quantum key distribution, Glaucia Murta
  • 7 Nov - 11 Nov, Quantum error correction, Barbara Terhal
  • 14 Nov - 18 Nov, Selftesting, Laura Mancinska
  • 14 Nov - 18 Nov, Nonlocal games and graph games, David Roberson

We will also have a week of introductory lectures on the computer algebra system OSCAR

List of Lectures

Workshop on QIT (5 Dec - 9 Dec 2022)

One week workshop on quantum information theory from the perspectives of mathematics, physics and computer science with invited speakers from all over the world. 

Details coming soon.

QIT Colloquium (12 Sept - 2 Dec 2022)

Parallel to the lectures, we will run a colloquium on quantum information theory. We will invite local and international experts in the field to present their recent research.

The colloquium will cover topics around quantum information, from mathematics, physics and computer science.

Seminar: Women in Quantum Information (12 Sept - 9 Dec 2022)

From 12 September until 2 December 2022, we will run the program Seminar: Women in Quantum Information.

The program consists in 5-7 sessions. For each session, an international female expert is invited to present her work in the Seminar: Women in Quantum Information. Attendance of the talks is open for anyone. The expert is invited to stay for 2-3 days and there will be networking events for female participants of the program, involving the speakers of the Seminar: Women in Quantum Information.

The program Seminar: Women in Quantum Information is funded by the Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 195 Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application.

Practical Information

Travel

Saarbrücken has its own airport, but there are basically only flights Saarbrücken-Berlin. Near airports are in Luxemburg (about 1 hour by bus from Saarbrücken), Frankfurt (about 2 hours by direct train) or Paris CDG (about 3 hours by train).

By train, Frankfurt Central Station is about 2.5 hours (change train in Mannheim, typically), while Paris Gare de l'Est is less than 2 hours (direct train).

Information for Bachelor's and Master's students - credit points

The core program of the Focus Semester on Quantum Information, i.e. the lectures (26 Sept - 2 Dec 2022) on quantum information theory, will be accessible for first year's Master's students in mathematics, physics or computer science.

Hence, the Focus Semester on Quantum Information will serve as an excellent opportunity to learn and specialize on quantum information at an early stage. There will be numerous introductory lectures to the field. 

You might want to consider to come as a visiting student within the Erasmus+ program of the European Union or to inscribe as a student at Saarland University. Please contact us for questions regarding our programs for international students at Saarland University. Of course, the program is open for any local student at Saarland University, too.

There is limited financial support available covering accommodation. The deadline has passed on 15 June 2022.

You may obtain Credit Points throughout the Focus Semester on Quantum Information:

  1. Seminar certificate (CP according to your study regulations, typically 5 CP or 7 CP)
  2. Certificate for a „small“ lecture (typically 4,5 CP depending on your study regulations)
  3. Certificate for a „large“ lecture (typically 9 CP depending on your study regulations) [may not be combined with item 2]
  4. In addition, we plan to have further teaching activities in January/February 2023 (hence, AFTER the official end of the Focus Semester, until the end of the Saarbruecken lecture phase), like a seminar or a small lecture, in case there are sufficiently many students interested in it.

In order to obtain the credit points of items 1-3, you will have to attend a prescribed amount of the lectures and talks of the Focus Semester and there will be either a small oral exam or a short written assignment afterwards. Please contact us before the start of the Focus Semester such that we may fix an individual choice of lectures relevant for your certificates. Also, it might be necessary to doublecheck with your study regulations. Don't hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions.

There will be follow up lectures and seminars on quantum information in 2023 and 2024. So, you may specialize on quantum information theory during your Master's studies in mathematics, physics or computer science at Saarland University. Also, you may write your Master's thesis with one of the local organizers of the Focus Semester on Quantum Information.

Financial support and free accommodation

There is limited financial support available covering accommodation. Please apply before 15 June 2022 when registering.

Poster

Download the poster and advertise the Focus Semester on Quantum Information!

Contact

The official email adress of the Focus Semester on Quantum Information is:

qitsemester at math.uni-sb.de