ICTP-SAIFR Minicourse on introduction to quantum computation and simulability

ICTP-SAIFR will host a minicourse on introduction to quantum computation and simulability which take place in São Paulo, Brazil between October 15-19, 2018. This minicourse will introduce the essentials of the fascinating field of quantum computation and its (classical) simulability. The scope of the course will be self-contained. The course will start from a general overview of the basics of quantum information, but will progress towards more advanced topics requiring a higher level of mathematical abstraction. In particular, the course intends to address current research topics, including: approaches to the demonstration of quantum computational supremacy; useful and reliable quantum simulators; verification of quantum computations; connections with machine learning, etc.

The course is aimed at graduate students (or advanced undergrads) of all areas of physics, computer science, and mathematics. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is required and will be assumed. Even so, motivated mathematicians and computer scientists with no prior knowledge of quantum mechanics are also welcome, provided they read chapters 1 and 2 of the book “Quantum computer science”, by N. David Mermin (Cambridge University Press), as a preparation for the course.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

Registration deadline: Friday, August 17, 2018. Register here

School of Quantum Communications Networks

The workshop will take place at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, in Padova, Italy, from 19 to 22 September 2018. This school will feature talks by leading scientists in the field on the development of quantum communications networks. Representatives from industry will also contribute to the programme. The attendants are expected to be familiar with basic quantum applications such as QKD and quantum teleportation. The school also provides a unique opportunity for discussion and to share ideas.

Application Deadline Date: July 1

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Okinawa School in Physics: Coherent Quantum Dynamics

The study of quantum coherent dynamics is currently one of the most active and exciting areas in physics. It holds the promise for the development of new technologies (quantum computing, quantum metrology,...) and, at the same time, has already delivered insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics. Its fast moving pace and new approach has attracted many young researchers and summer schools - at which leading experts share their knowledge and directly interact with the participants - have become an integral part of the community.

The school will consist of lectures delivered by Japanese and international experts on the fundamentals of the area.

This will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.

All participants should present a poster based on their current research.

Registration fee 10,000JPY. Payment method will be informed later. The costs for meals and accommodation (in twin-shared rooms at Seaside House) will be covered for all participants by OIST.

About 10% of international applicants will be given full travel support. This is fully reserved for those applicants from disadvantaged regions of the world. If you are not from a disadvantaged region, please do not apply for this. We can offer a travel bursary of 50% flight support to most other applicants, but please provide justification for this bursary. Students from Japanese universities may be eligible for full cover of their airfare through ImPACT.

Confirmed Lecturers


  • Markus Arndt, University of Vienna, Austria (L)
  • Jacqueline Bloch, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France (L)
  • Claudiu Genes, Max Planck Institute for the science of light, Germany (L)
  • Michèle Heurs, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (L)
  • William D. Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (L)
  • Patrik Öhberg, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS), Heriot-Watt University, UK (L)
  • Mio Murao, The University of Tokyo, Japan (C)
  • Noboru Sasao, Okayama University, Japan (C)
  • Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, University of Mainz, Germany (L)
  • Yosuke Takasu, Kyoto University, Japan (C)
  • Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan (C)
  • Sebastian Wüster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India (L)

L: Lectures
C: Colloquium

Challenges of Big Data

There will be a small, pilot interdisciplinary graduate summer school on the Challenges of Big Data from August 13-17 at the University of Pittsburgh. They will accept between 12 and 20 science, philosophy, and history and philosophy of science graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  The goal is to provide guidance and experience in interdisciplinary engagement, encompassing historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives.  They will discuss challenges that big data generate, such as quantity vs. quality of big data, managing privacy and application, transparency and bias in the analysis of big data, and how to write from and for different disciplines.   Following the group discussion each morning, students will divide into small groups to collaborate in writing a perspective-style article on some aspect of big data. They will meet from 10 am to 4 pm each day, concluding with a dinner on Friday, August 17.

 Presentations by:

• Michael J. Becich, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine

• Lillian Chong, Department of Chemistry

• David Danks, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University 

• Angela Gronenborn, Department of Structural Biology 

• Sandra Mitchell, Department of History and Philosophy of Science


How To Apply:

To apply, email the following information to (Teresa Brosenitsch) by May 1, 2018.

First Name
Last Name
Area of Research


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Summer School on Experimental Quantum Computation

We live exciting times in the world of quantum information. The long-awaited scientific revolution has triggered in recent years a technological revolution, suddenly bringing quantum technologies in close proximity to our present time. The most powerful and societally transformative of all quantum technologies is quantum computation. Parallel progress in many experimental fields has motivated giant technological corporations to invest in quantum computing, an event which has caused a disruptive effect in the progress in these fields.

In the spirit of former summer schools in the Benasque Center for Science, they are organizing a summer school this year, right in the middle of this technological revolution. The school will consist of a set of lecturers representing the most technologically advanced areas of quantum computation. They will also cover modern theoretical techniques which are becoming available to use in near-scale, small-sized quantum processors.

They invite motivated graduate students to participate in the school and learn key experimental details from some of the experts in the areas of superconducting qubits, ion traps, nitrogen vacancy centers, phosphor donors in silicon, quantum dots in two-dimensional electron gases, and photonic chips. Besides the lectures, the school will include several tutorials in addition to a set of interactive activities.

Benasque is a beautiful village located in the Spanish Pyrenees, just at the bottom of their highest mountain (Pico de Aneto), with a wonderful countryside/hiking environment. The Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual ( is an international meeting infrastructure which provides excellent facilities and an agreeable atmosphere to allow the participants to interact with senior speakers and tutors and also to carry their work during the meeting. The lecture halls and the rooms for discussion sessions are located in the Centre. Computing and electronic communication facilities are available.

List of confirmed lecturers

Artur Ekert (CQT Singapore, University of Oxford): Theory of gate-based quantum computation 
Rami Barends (Google): Superconducting qubits 
Hendrik Bluhm (RWTH Aachen University and Research Centre Jülich): Quantum dots in 2DEGs 
John Morton (University College London): Spin qubits in silicon 
Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (NASA Ames): Theory of adiabatic quantum computation 
Geoff Pryde (Griffith University): Photonic circuits 
Philipp Schindler (University of Innsbruck): Ion traps 
Tim Taminiau (QuTech Delft): Nitrogen vacancy centers


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