Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation (UBEC) 2019

The second Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation (UBEC) meeting will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, April 1-5, 2019.

The UBEC conference series addresses broad themes of BEC that cross through all types of condensates, including helium and hydrogen, superconductors, quasiparticle condensation, photons and lasing, and condensation in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. The first UBEC meeting was held in Leiden, Netherlands, in 2013. Much of the book,  Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation, edited by Nick Proukakis, David Snoke, and Peter Littlewood, is based on contributions from the participants at that UBEC meeting.

Program Committee:

  • David Snoke, University of Pittsburgh, USA (Chair)
  • Nick Proukakis, University of Newcastle, UK (Past Chair)
  • Gretchen Campbell, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  • Moses Chan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Thierry Giamarchi, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Vincent Liu, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Mohit Randeria, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Christian Rüegg, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • David Weiss, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Peter Abbamonte, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Joe Bailey, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  • Gretchen Campbell, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  • Eugene Demler, Harvard University, USA
  • Alexander Fetter, Stanford University, USA
  • Wei Guo, Florida State University, USA
  • Robert Hallock, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  • Wolfgang Ketterle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Justin Khoury, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Yu-Ju Lin, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Peter Littlewood, University of Chicago, USA
  • William Phillips, JQI/National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  • Ana Maria Rey, JILA/National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  • Marlan Scully, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Boris Svistunov, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  • Marzena Szymanska, University College London, UK
  • Leticia Tarruell, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • Nandini Trivedi, The Ohio State University, USA

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, January 18, 2018

For more details and for registration, see the UBEC website.

Photonics for Quantum (PfQ) Workshop

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is sponsoring a Photonics for Quantum (PfQ) workshop during January 23-25, 2019 at Rochester, NY, in recognition of the potential for using photons in Quantum 2.0 technologies. The purpose of the workshop is to explore how photonic devices may impact quantum applications. It capitalizes on recent advancements in integrated silicon photonics manufacturing, especially by the development of capabilities at AIM Photonics in the United States and other facilities around the world. PfQ is particularly timely, given the large financial investments already made in quantum technology development and those that are anticipated through the National Quantum Initiative in the United States. The workshop features international pioneers in the advancement of photonics for quantum devices and in their use in five applications: computing, communication, imaging, sensing, and clocks. U.S. federal agencies and industry will also participate.

The advent of quantum physics in the early 20th century precipitated the first “quantum revolution.” It enabled transformative technologies including transistors and semiconductor microelectronics, LEDs, lasers, nuclear power, CCD-cameras, and magnetic resonance imaging. In the past few years, key advances triggered a long-anticipated second quantum revolution. “Quantum 2.0” technologies precisely manipulate and organize individual quantum systems, such as photons, trapped ions, or superconducting circuits, to leverage their strange, unintuitive properties.

The new quantum revolution will create whole new job categories, such as "quantum engineer." In anticipation of associated workforce development opportunities, we are planning to have talks, a panel, and on-site resources to connect quantum job employers with potential job candidates. If you are interested in this service as a company or job applicant, please note this in the comment box on the registration page. We are particularly interested in posting job advertisements on a job board at the workshop.

The talks in this workshop are all invited. The organizer encourage further contributions in the form of posters (indicate in registration comment box).

Read more and register here

For further information about this workshop, email Robyn Rosechandler (

Confirmed Speakers

Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa
Jacques Carolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dirk Englund, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barry Geldzahler, NASA
Matthew LaHaye, Syracuse University
Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics
Qiang Lin, University of Rochester
Marco Liscidini, University of Pavia
Pavel Lougovski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sae Woo Nam Group, NIST, Boulder
Shayan Mookherjea, University of California, San Diego
Britton Plourde, Syracuse University
Stefan Preble, Rochester Institute of Technology
Satyavolu Papa Rao, SUNY Poly
John Sipe, University of Toronto
Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester
Zachary Vernon, Xanadu
Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University
Philip Walther, University of Vienna
Andrew Weiner, Purdue University
Ed White, Chair, National Photonics Initiative
Ben Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology


Quantum Optical Technologies
Quantum Computing
Quantum Communication
Quantum Imaging
Quantum Sensors
Quantum Clocks
Government Panel
Industry Panel

Organizing Committee

Sonia Lopez Alarcon, Mishkat Bhattacharya, Mike Fanto, Don Figer, Edwin Hach, Gregory Howland, Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Drew Maywar, Parsian Katal Mohseni, Seth Hubbard, Stefan Preble, Mark Tolbert, Jing Zhang, Ben Zwickl

The Single-Molecule Sensors and NanoSystems International Conference (S3IC 2019)

The Single-Molecule Sensors and NanoSystems International Conference (S3IC 2019) will be held from Apr 3 to 5, 2019, at Konferenzzentrum München, Germany.

This conference will bring together researchers in the rapidly advancing field of Single Molecule Sensors and nanoSystems, and focusses on the most recent advances in micro and nano-sensing techniques that have either demonstrated single-molecule detection or that claim single-molecule detection capability on sensor chips in the longer term.

    Sensor systems have emerged that exhibit extraordinary sensitivity for detecting physical, chemical, and biological entities at the micro/nanoscale.  Particularly exciting is the detection and analysis of molecules on miniature devices that have many possible applications in health, environment, analysis, and security. A new class of label-free micro and nanosensors are starting to emerge that allow us to observe dynamic processes at the single molecule level directly, with unprecedented spatial- and temporal resolution and without significantly affecting the natural and functional movements of the molecules. Micro- and nanosensors by virtue of their small interaction length probe molecules over a dynamic range often inaccessible by other techniques. Their small size enables an exceedingly high sensitivity, and the application of quantum optical measurement techniques can allow us to approach or surpass classical limits of detection. Advances in optical and electrical measurement methodology, laser interferometry, quantum optics, micro/nanofluidics, control of molecules and reactions at the nanoscale, DNA origami/synthetic molecular machines, in-vivo and wearable sensing materials, they all contribute to the rapid progress of the field of Single Molecule Sensors and nanoSystems. It is this convergence of previously often disparate fields that is accelerating the advancements in micro and nano-sensing.

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Single-Molecule Spectroscopy, Devices and Sensor Technologies
    • Quantum Limits in Biodetection
    • Biophotons and Biophotonics Sensors
    • Molecular Machines, Synthetic Biology and DNA Origami 
    • In-vivo and wearable Sensor Devices, Materials and Systems
    • Integrated Sensor Chips and multiplexed Sensing
    • Modelling and    Analysis of Sensors and    Systems
    • Micro/Nanofluidics and chemical control at the Nanoscale

    Early bird registration:  Friday, November 30, 2018

    Regular submission deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Register here

    22nd Annual Conference on Quantum Information Processing

    The international annual Quantum Information Processing (QIP) will be held from January 14 to 18, 2019 at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado, USA. It is the twenty-second international conference on theoretical aspects of quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum information in a series that started in Aarhus in 1998 and was last held in 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands.

    QIP series is the premier meeting for theoretical quantum information research. Since 1998, the conference has featured breakthroughs by the leaders in the disciplines of computing, cryptography, information theory, mathematics and physics. The scientific objective of the series is to gather the theoretical quantum information community to present and discuss the latest groundbreaking work in the field.

    QIP 2019 is the 22nd Annual Conference on Quantum Information Processing and will be hosted by JILA and the University of Colorado at Boulder. QIP 2019 will feature a tutorial program, plenary talks, contributed talks, and a poster session. There will be a QIP Best Student Paper prize awarded. QIP will feature parallel tracks on each day of the conference.

    Poster Submission Deadline Date: Thursday, October 25

    Register here

    Advances in Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms

    A workshop titled "Advances in Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms" will take place in Natal, Brazil between October 29 - November 09, 2018. The purpose of this event is to bring together young and experienced researchers in the rapidly developing field of quantum simulation with ultracold atoms to interact and develop new ideas in a pleasant scientific environment. The conference will be divided into a school dedicated to young scientists entering the field, and an international workshop where the latest developments and major challenges, as well as the new directions, will be targeted and discussed.

    In the last ten years, a worldwide effort has been devoted to pursuing these goals, bringing together researchers from very diverse disciplines. It has been experimentally proved that through quantum simulation, one can extract the equation of state of Bose and Fermi systems, map out phase diagrams, detect quantum critical behavior, realize new forms of strongly-correlated fermionic superfluids, and determine localization in disordered systems even in the presence of interactions, giving experimental support to the now popular field of many-body localization. At the same time, the breakthrough in controlling long-range interactions via Rydberg atoms, polar molecules and trapped ions, and the success in reaching quantum degeneracy for large-spin particles have opened up exciting possibilities of exploring new classes of magnetic Hamiltonians both in the ground state and their non trivial quantum dynamics. Moreover, the trapping of atoms with high magnetic moments led recently to the discovery of the quantum analogue of classical ferrofluid phases.

    The realization of the quantum gas microscope, since recently available also for fermionic atoms, has opened up yet another set of amazing possibilities, from directly accessing correlations of quantum states, to directly probing the wave functions of many-body systems out of equilibrium through quantum quenches. One of the remarkable achievements in recent years has also been the realization of synthetic background gauge fields, akin to magnetic fields in electronic systems, and exact implementations of fundamental models of topological quantum matter, whose importance was recently recognized with the Nobel prize. Finally, the quantum simulation of dynamical abelian and non-abelian gauge fields using ultracold gases in optical lattices paved the way for the realization of toy models of quantum field theories leading to the big goal of solving yet unresolved mysteries of high-energy physics as well as topological quantum matter.

    List of topics to be presented:

    • Spin-orbit coupling and gauge fields

    • Topological quantum matter

    • Dipolar physics and Rydberg atoms

    • Quantum magnetism

    • Large-spin systems and spinor physics

    • Transport and dynamics in low-dimensional systems

    • Unitary fermions and bosons

    • Polarons

    • Disorder and many-body localization

    • Bosonic and fermionic quantum microscopes

    • Quantum metrology

    • Trapped ion

    Register deadline: September 29, 2018

    Register here

    Workshop on Quantum Computing for Sustainable Computing

    A workshop on Quantum Computing for Sustainable Computing” in conjunction with the 9th International Green and Sustainable Computing Conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA on October 22, 2018. Workshop papers will provide a comprehensive review on fundamentals as well as the current state of the art in research and technology. 

    The purpose of this workshop is to explore how quantum computing may impact the sustainability of future computing platforms. This includes the potential impact on the time, energy, and complexity of operating future computers that comes broadly form quantum computing hardware, software, and algorithms. We further welcome talks focused on the transformative research that will be necessary to guide quantum computing performance toward practical and sustainable operations.

    Topics of interest for this workshop include but are not limited to the following:

    • Energy and power consumption estimates for quantum computing systems and applications
    • Hardware and software codesign that prioritizes sustainable and efficient platform operation
    • Algorithmic and computational benchmarks for quantifying quantum computing performance
    • Modeling and simulation of quantum computer performance including hybrid computations
    • Resource efficient methods for the control and execution of quantum programs
    • Progress in quantum architectures, circuits, devices, design automation and programming languages

    Submission Deadline (Extended): September 05, 2018

    Read more here 

    Submit abstract here

    Q-Turn: changing paradigms in quantum science

    Q-Turn: changing paradigms in quantum science will take place in Florianópolis, Brazil between Nov 26-30, 2018. Q-turn is a new, international, quantum information workshop that aims to bring together the leading researchers in the areas of quantum computation, information and foundations. As well as a scientific program, Q-turn will feature talks and discussions on issues that affect the quantum information community, ranging from diversity and inclusion, health and mental health, to workers' rights. 

    The scientific aspect of the workshop will cover topics related to quantum information theory, foundations of quantum mechanics, and quantum computation. The fields covered will include: quantum information (e.g. cryptography, error correction, tomography, entanglement theory, many-body theory); quantum foundations (e.g. correlations, causality, generalised probabilistic theories, quantum thermodynamics, quantum gravity); quantum computation (e.g. simulation, algorithms, quantum complexity theory).

    Poster Registration Deadline Date: Friday, Aug 31

    Register here

    Quantum Techniques in Machine Learning (QTML 2018)

    Quantum Techniques in Machine Learning (QTML 2018) will will take place in Durban, South Africa between November 12-16, 2018. QTML 2018 follows the very successful workshop of the same name hosted in Verona, Italy in November 2017. It also continues the tradition of the 2016 Quantum Machine Learning Workshop and the 2017 Quantum Machine Learning Summer School that were hosted in South Africa, with a wonderful follow-up conference in Bilbao, Spain this year.

    The conference will bring together experts from Quantum Computing and Machine Learning to discuss the latest progress in the rapidly growing field of Quantum Machine Learning. Example topics are
    - Quantum algorithms for machine learning tasks
    - Learning with hybrid quantum-classical methods
    - Using machine learning to design and analyse experiments in quantum information processing
    - Tensor methods and (deep) learning
    - Data encoding into quantum systems
    - Quantum learning theory

    List of invited speakers:
    Vedran Dunjko (Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics)
    Mark Fingerhuth (ProteinQure)
    Gian Giacomo Guerreschi (Intel, TBC)
    Patrick Huembeli (ICFO)
    Nana Liu (CQT Singapore)
    Masoud Mohseni (Google)
    ​Jon Olson (Zapata Computing)
    Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (NASA Ames Research Center)
    Raphael Pooser (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TBC)
    Pietro Rotondo (University of Nottingham)
    Mikel Sanz (University of the Basque Country, TBC)
    Maria Schuld (Xanadu and University of KwaZulu-Natal)
    Fabio Sciarrino (Sapienza Università di Roma)
    Miles Stoudenmire (Flatiron Institute)

    Registration deadline: Aug 31, 2018

    Read more here

    Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference 2018

    Nanophotonics in the last years is showing clearly its inclusive nature. Several disciplines are taking advantages in using novel tools derived from the astonishing progress in Nanophotonics, for exploring novel fundamental properties of materials on different length scale. The optical methods, both experimental and theoretical, are ubiquitous in several fields facilitating the development of a common language even for disciplines considered far, just a few years ago.

    This third edition of NANOP confirms a broad topics list with the aim of bridging the macro with the molecular world.

    The conference will take place in Rome, Italy between October 1-3, 2018.

    Application Deadline Date: Friday, July 27

    Read more here

    Quantum Technology International Conference 2018

    The growing ability to manipulate quantum systems is paving the way for a second quantum revolution and a number of initiatives worldwide have been formed to foster quantum technologies. These exciting novel applications are exploiting specific quantum properties which are not accessible with classical resources such as superposition and entanglement of individual quantum systems.

    The QTech conference will take place in Paris, France between September 5-7, 2018. The objectives of the QTech conference is to present the latest developments of quantum technologies in the domains of quantum communication, computation, simulation, sensors and metrology, and their implementation using various platforms from atoms and ions to solid states, superconducting circuits and optics.

    Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018

    Read more here

    Webinar: The Materials Project

    The Materials Project ( is harnessing the power of supercomputing together with state of the art quantum mechanical theory to compute the properties of all known inorganic materials and beyond, design novel materials and offer the data for free to the community together with online analysis and design algorithms. To exemplify the approach of first-principles high-throughput materials design, we will make a deep dive into some of the ongoing work, showcasing the rapid iteration between ideas, new materials development, computations, emergent machine learning and insight as enabled by the Materials Project infrastructure and computing resources.

    Date: June 21
    Time: 11:00 a.m​


    A Conversation with Lee Gutkind

    The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Workshop in Creative Science Writing presents a Conversation with Lee Gutkind.

    Led by Dan Kubis, Assistant Director, Humanities Center

    Followed by Light Refreshments

    Featuring Readings from Writers in Residence: Ria Joglekar, Nicholas Fuller, Qi’ang Meng, Julia Mouat.

    One of the undergraduate Writers in Residence will be reading poetry on topics in physics.

    The Workshop is directed by Lillian Chong and co-sponsored by a Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Humanities Grant, the Associate Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

    Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. Even before he was spotlighted in Vanity Fair in 1997 as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” he was the genre's most active advocate and practitioner. He has written and edited nonfiction books about subjects as varied as motorcycle subculture, child and adolescent mental illness, baseball umpires, robots, and organ transplantation and has appeared on many national radio and television shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart(Comedy Central), Good Morning America,Talk of the Nation,  All Things Considered, and BBC World. His book  You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction, From Memoir to Literary Journalism to Everything in Between is “reminiscent of Stephen King’s fiction handbook On Writing,” according to Kirkus Reviews—"an accessible, indispensable nonfiction guidebook from an authority who knows his subject from cover to cover.”

    When:  Friday, July 20 at 3 PM

    Where:  Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

    Register by July 6 

    From Quantum Information to Many-Body Physics and Beyond

    The workshop will take place at tSão Paulo - Brazil between August 20-24, 2018. The workshop will cover the basics of the theory of quantum entanglement, which describes how two or more quantum mechanical systems can be correlated and which was developed over the past 20 years through the lens of quantum information theory. We will then discuss recent applications of the theory of entanglement to other branches of physics, from condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics to high energy physics. 

    Application Deadline Date: June 23


    Modern Topics in Quantum Information

    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

    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


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

    Register Here

    Discrete Phase Space Methods for Quantum Fault-Tolerance

    This 3-day workshop on applications of discrete phase space methods in fault-tolerant quantum computing provides a platform for young researchers to present their work while leaving enough opportunities for extended discussions and informal exchange of ideas.

    The workshop targets equally students entering the field and researchers with a few years of experience.

    The program will consist of plenary talks by Earl Campbell, Robert Raussendorf and Michael Walter, short talks, a poster presentation and a self-organised session. For details see here.

    The workshop will be held during

    August 21 - 23, 2018

    and will be hosted at the DPG Physics Centre in Bad Honnef close to Cologne, Germany. Accomodation costs are covered.

    Read moe here

    Modern Topics in Quantum Information Conference and Workshop

    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.

    The workshops will have a key-note talk of 1 hour per day. Every other participant is also a speaker and can also give a talk about their work. In order 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). But send your title and abstract during the registration so we can pre-organize a tentative program. The number of place in the workshops will be very limited.

    For the conference we have planned a few key-note and invited talks covering some of the most relevant developments in QI over the recent years. There will also be plenty of time for.


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

    Read more here

    Register here

    Mixer Modeling in 18 Minutes Webinar

    This webinar is for an introduction to modeling mixers with the COMSOL® software. They will discuss defining and solving fluid flow and chemical reaction problems in stirred tanks equipped with central impellers. Stirred tanks are used for reactors and mixers in the fine chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

    In this webinar, they will demonstrate the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and the add-on Chemical Reaction Engineering Module and Mixer Module, which have dedicated features for defining and solving problems for stirred tanks. These modules include descriptions of turbulent flow, multiphase flow, multicomponent transport in concentrated solutions, rotating geometries, frozen rotor simplifications, free surfaces, as well as geometries for 11 different families of impellers and 3 different types of tanks.

    Register here

    Vacuum Technology WPAVS Short Course

    Course Objectives 

    • Learn vacuum fundamentals with hands-on experiments in different ranges. 
    • Learn about gauging technologies with models on display. 
    • Learn about pump technologies and selected pump disassembly 
    • Know common vacuum system hardware: materials, flanges, valves, and feedthroughs. 
    • Learn about vacuum deposition technologies.
    • Perform leak detection with He mass spectrometry. 
    • Benefit from a "just right" two-day course (when you don't have the time or need to attend a four-day introductory course). 



    • JR Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Co.
    • Evan Sawyer, Kurt J. Lesker Co.
    • Robert Magiera, Pfeiffer Vacuum
    • Chris Horwitz, Electrogrip Company 

    Course Notes:  Included - Developed with help from Kurt J. Lesker Co.; Steve Barker, Vacuum Research Corporation;  and Chris Horwitz, Electrogrip 

    Course Times:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., lunch and light refreshments included. 

    Cost: $1,020 Regular/$400 Student 

    Location: 321 Allen Hall

    Dates: May 17-18

    Register here

    Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Molecules and Materials

    Catalina Achim (CMU) and David Waldeck (Pitt) are hosting a workshop on the 'Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Molecules and Materials'. They invite you to attend the workshop please let the organizers know about your attendance in advance.

    When: Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Where: Mellon Institute Social Room
    Contacts: Catalina Achim:
                      David Waldeck : 


    Friday, 3/23/2018

    • 8:30 Coffee and bagels
    • 9:00 - 9:10 David Waldeck Overview/Introduction
    • 9:10 – 9:50 Yossi Paltiel CISS based spintronics
    • 9:50 – 10:10 Jimeng Wei CISS in CuO films
    • 10:10 – 10:30 Megan Kirkendall Experimental solid state quantum simulation using 1D superlattice structures
    • 10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
    • 10:50 – 11:10 Eilam Smolinksi Magnetization of GaAs 2DEG by applying an external electric dipole onto a chiral SAM
    • 11:10 – 11:30 Caleb Clever Study of CISS in peptides and amino acids upon polarization on Hall effect devices
    • 11:30 – 11:50 Ilina Kolkr-Baravik Sensing cellular activity using molecular controlled semiconductor resistor
    • 11:50 – 12:30 Summary and discussion of morning talks Ron Naaman - discussion leader
    • 12:30 – 1:30 Buffet lunch and informal discussions
    • 1:30 – 1:40 Catalina Achim Introduction
    • 1:40 – 2:10 Brian Bloom Chiral quantum dots: review and overview
    • 2:10 – 2:40 Dilhara Jayarathna Peptide nucleic acid assisted dimerization of gold nanoclusters
    • 2:40 – 3:00 Zheni Georgieva Chiral perovskite nanoplatelets
    • 3:00 – 3:20 Coffee break
    • 3:20 – 3:40 Artur Sargun Helicity control in peptide nucleic acid duplexes through terminally-bound ligands
    • 3:40 – 4:00 Soham Dutta Enantiomer separation on surfaces
    • 4:00 – 4:30 Eyal Capua Separation of chiral molecules by enantiospecific interactions using magnetic surfaces
    • 4:30 – 5:00 Summary and discussion Yossi Paltiel - discussion leader
    • 6:00 - Dinner @ Istanbul Sofra Tentative

    Saturday, 3/24/2018

    • 8:30  Coffee and bagels
    • 9:00 - 9:15 David Beratan Introduction
    • 9:15 – 9:55 Dali Sun Spin transport vs. charge transport in the conducting polymers and molecules
    • 9:55 – 10:15 Ed Beall Investigating single molecule conductance of nucleic acids
    • 10:15 – 10:35 Jesus Valdiviezo Ratchet mechanisms for directional charge transport in periodic chiral structures
    • 10:35 – 10:55 Coffee break 10:55 – 11:25 Francesco Tassinari Chirality-dependent rate of charge transfer in oligopeptides and enzymes
    • 11:25 – 11:55 Peng Zhang QD-QD electron transfer
    • 11:55 – 12:30 Summary and Discussion Catalina Achim and David Waldeck
    • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Buffet lunch and informal discussions 
    • 1:30 - 4 pm Tours of PINSE and Achim/Waldeck labs; Art Museum tour

    NSF Grants Conference

    The Next NSF Grants Conference will be held June 4-5, 2018, in Detroit, MI. Registration for this conference will open on Thursday, March 15th at 12:00 PM EST.

    Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference. The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

    Topics will include:

    • An introduction to NSF;

    • NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process;
    • Award management;
    • Conflict of interest policies;
    • New programs and initiatives;
    • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
    • Breakout sessions by discipline.

    Registration Questions, 703.245.7407,
           Preferred Contact Method: Email
    Program Questions, 703.292.8243,
           Preferred Contact Method: Email

    Introduction to Overleaf

    Overleaf is a collaborative online writing platform that is useful for scholars because it offers versioning for revisions as well as export options for submitting to different journals with various formatting requirements. It is based on LaTeX but little LaTeX knowledge is needed. In this workshop we will introduce Overleaf with the aim of getting started with the platform and being able to start and collaborate on a document.

    Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
    Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: Hillman Library, Digital Scholarship Commons, G-49



    Mendeley Basics

    Learn the basics of using the Mendeley citation management tool! Each online training session will cover creating an account, searching resources and exporting citations, organizing citations, attaching files to citations, creating and formatting bibliographies, and inserting citations automatically into documents.

    Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Register here!

    Workshop on Electron Probe MicroAnalysis

    This workshop sponsored by PINSE/NFCF, JEOL and Three Rivers Microscopy Society (3RMS).  

    Workshop will provide an introduction to the world of electron microprobe and also cover some more advanced applications such as low keV analysis and effects of contamination.  Some of these topics are also of interest to EDS users. This workshop is for anyone, and we welcome those who have zero knowledge of EPMA but might be interested in applications to your own research.  EPMA is similar to EDS, but offers more elemental precision, with higher peak to background ratios and easier separation of peaks, plus low to trace level detection.  It is a very complimentary technique to many other instruments in NFCF, such as EDS, XRD, Raman, and more!

    Registration can be found here:

    Location: Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
    Time: Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, 21th, 2018


    Complementary lunch will be provided.

    Novel Paradigms in Many-Body Physics from Open Quantum Systems, March 26-29, 2018, Dresden, DE

    Strongly-correlated open systems often violate fundamental rules typically governing many-body systems in thermal equilibrium. The goal of this workshop is to bring together for the first time scientists from different communities under a common denominator, this being the study of novel paradigms in many-body physics from open quantum systems. This workshop will provide an overview of the emerging concepts, possible theoretical approaches as well as experimental realisations. Apart from invited and contributed talks, the workshop will also feature introductory lectures on selected topics.

    The application deadline is 30 November 2017.

    Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form on the event‘s web page. The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 120 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.
    The scientific program of the workshop will be available in February 2018, approximately.

    Read more here.

    Quantum Computing for Aeroscience and Engineering, November 7-8, 2017, Hampton, VA

    The workshop aims to accelerate technology transition towards outstanding engineering problems that are expected to be achievable using quantum computations in the coming decade. The workshop’s goals include developing a roadmap for success towards solution strategies for engineering applications. These applications may include computational materials research, computational fluid dynamics and aerothermodynamics, among others.

    Read more here.



    NASA Langley Research Center
    1 NASA Drive
    Hampton, VA 23666

    Register here.

    Quantum Sensing with Quantum Correlated Systems Workshop, Sept 25-29, 2017, Dresden, DE

    Quantum sensing, along with quantum metrology and quantum communications, is one of the pillars of the emerging new technologies in this century. In this workshop we aim at moving from the paradigm of using isolated single quantum systems as sensors to devices formed by many-body quantum correlated systems and "synthetic quantum materials" that exploit entanglement to achieve higher resolution in the determination of an unknown parameter.

    Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form here. Applications received before June 30, 2017 will be considered preferentially.

    The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 120 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

    Read more here.


    Advances in Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Systems, Sept 4-5, 2017, London, UK

    The 2017 "Advances in Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Systems" conference, organized by the IOP Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group will be held September 4-5 at University College London, London UK. Key dates are:

    • Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2017
    • Early registration deadline: 28 July 2017
    • Registration deadline: 25 August 2017

    More information can be found on the website.

    The aim of this conference is to bring together experts from various areas of solid state quantum physics with specializations in quantum transport in low-dimensional systems (2D, 1D and 0D). This will be an opportunity for both academia and industries to seek new future possibilities in the emerging solid state quantum technologies and nano devices with special interest in the spin physics of low-dimensional systems. The conference will also provide a great opportunity for enriching the knowledge of young researchers and students through interaction with the experts in concerned areas.

    Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to):

    • Transport in 1D, 2D and 0D systems
    • The Metal-Insulator Transition
    • Mesoscopic Effects
    • Quantum Pumping
    • Quantum and Spin Hall Effect
    • Spin or Charge Entanglement
    • Topological Insulators and Superconductors

    Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference, Dec 7-9, 2016, Paris, FR

    If light-matter interaction control appears today more and more relevant for numerous applications and associated societal needs (telecommunications, security, health, energy and environment) key issues and new concept can only be solved and brought to the fore by gathering people from different areas.

    The Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference is an annual event that hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks.

    Submit your abstract before September 7th. Check out the website here.

    Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Conference, May 31-June 3, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

    The 60th international conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) conference is dedicated to lithographic patterning science, nanomanufacturing process technology, and the applications these methods enable. For 57 years, and 60 meetings the conference has brought together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to report on and discuss recent progress and future trends.

    EIPBN Registration: Online registration for EIPBN 2016 is now available. Click here to register. 
    Early registration and special student rates are available. The early registration deadline is April 30, 2016.

    Short Courses: Enroll during the Registration Process

    • State-of-the Art Nanofabrication – Fundamentals and Advanced Applications

    Tuesday, May 31st from 8:30 to 3:30pm with a break for lunch. EIPBN will offer a short course this year on State-of-the Art Nanofabrication – Fundamentals and Advanced Applications. This course is intended to bring researchers new to the field of nanofabrication up to speed on the fundamentals of techniques such as thin film deposition and etching, lithography and characterization. A detailed discussion of advanced applications of complex nanofabrication will also be presented. 

    • Vacuum Fundamentals and Pumping

    Tuesday, May 31st from 8:30 to 3:30pm with a break for lunch.

    Course Objectives 
    Learn vacuum fundamentals including pipe flow and contamination effects.
    Learn selected pump technologies for high and low vacuum regimes.
    Conduct hands-on flow tests and pump disassembly, with various models on display.

    Instructors: JR Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Company and Chris Horwitz, Electrogrip Company

    Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Structures and their Assemblies Workshop, June 27-July 1, 2016, Telluride CO

    The workshop will bring scientists from these different communities and disciplines together, and provide a forum to encourage communication and collaboration on this important and newly emerging subject. Specific topic for discussion are likely to include: spectroscopic signatures of chirality and of chiral imprints, spin-polarized photoemission from dissymmetric films, spin selective photochemistry of chiral species, molecular spintronics, manifestations of chirality in the properties of surfaces, films and interfaces.

    Read more and register here

    Nuclear Pore Complexes and Smart Polymers Workshop, July 25-29, 2016, Telluride CO

    The goal of the Workshop is to bring together 20-25 active researchers drawn from the fields of NPC structure-function relations and synthetic nanopore materials science for a Telluride Workshop on Nuclear Pore Complexes and Smart Polymers. There will be both experimentalists and theoretician/simulators. The admixture of theory and experiment, as well as applications to biological NPCs, NPC mimetic systems, and synthetic polymer-based nanopores will lead to stimulating discussions, extensive cross-fertilization, and, ultimately, to significant advances in these fields.

    Read more and register here.

    Many-Body Interactions: From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields Workshop, July 12-16, 2016, Telluride CO

    This workshop is supported in part by the Center from Simulation and Modeling, University of Pittsburgh.

    Simulations of complex materials and chemical and biological systems requires the use of model potentials (force fields). As a consequence, the results of the simulations are "only as good as the force field employed." In principle, high-level electronic structure calculations on appropriate model systems can provide the information needed for generating accurate force fields. This workshop brings together researchers with expertise in force field development and those with expertise in electronic structure methods.

    Read more and register here.

    48th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, June 9-11, 2016, University of Pittsburgh

    The 48th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh June 9-11, 2016. Located in Western Pennsylvania at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Pittsburgh's unique topography is shaped by rolling hills and its 446 bridges over the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers, earning Pittsburgh the title 'City of Bridges.' We are excited to be hosting MWTCC again, and we look forward to welcoming you in Pittsburgh for the conference.


    • Daniel Lambrecht, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
    • Ken Jordan, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
    • John Keith, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
    • Jeffry Madura, Department of Chemistry, Duquesne University


    Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
    Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
    Duquesne University Center for Computational Sciences
    Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
    The Center for Energy, University of Pittsburgh
    Center for Simulation and Modeling, University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
    Penguin Computing

    Annual Symposium on Research Computation, Thursday October 29, 2015, University of Pittsburgh

    The 2015 Advancing Research Through Computation will take place here at the University of Pittsburgh in October, and you are invited to attend! Speakers from the Pittsburgh area will present their work and a poster session will be held as well.

    The Center for Simulation and Modeling is pleased to host the second annual symposium on research computing. The symposium will consist of invited lectures that cover data intensive computing in astrophysics and computational biophysics aimed at a general audience including scientists and engineers.

    For information and regstration click here.

    Quantum Chemistry Workshop, May 7-9, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

    A 3-day Quantum Chemistry Workshop in coordination with the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. This workshop is intended for graduate students beginning their careers in theoretical research groups. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize students with the derivation of theoretical methods and to provide practical experience in using popular methods. Senior graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend.

    The workshop will be held in the Chevron Computer Classroom and registration is limited to 30 participants. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a one and a half hour break for lunch each day; lunch is not provided. There is no fee to attend this workshop. There will be a two hour hands-on session each day to provide students with ample time to learn and practice using many of the leading quantum chemistry packages available today.

    Read more and register here.

    Physics of Emergence Workshop, Feb 1-2, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

    The John Templeton Foundation has made research on the subject of Emergence a key funding priority, especially in the area of Physics. In connection with the Physics of Emergence funding competition, this workshop serves as a kickoff meeting bringing together researchers participating in the funding call. It is our hope that this meeting will provide opportunities for connection and collaboration between researchers in this program.

    Organizing Committee

    • Bob Batterman (University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy)
    • Julia Bursten (University of Pittsburgh, HPS)
    • Michael Miller (University of Pittsburgh, HPS)

    Read more here.

    Center for Philosophy of Science Workshop on Quantum Time, March 28-29, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

    Many of the problems of time in physics are old and well-known, and their morals for metaphysics have been explored. In this workshop, we propose to attack a newer problem: How is quantum time special? More specifically, this workshop will explore the ways in which quantum theory leads to new insights about the nature of time, and how thinking about the role of time may lead to insights about quantum theory.

    Read more and register here.

    Topics may include (although they are not limited to) the problem of time in quantum gravity, quantum time observables, temporal symmetry violation, and the unitary and non-unitary implementability of time evolution in quantum theory. We are holding an open call for papers presenting fresh new ideas, of which we can accept up to 6 participants. The participants will join the three invited speakers below. We welcome submissions of 1000 word abstracts from both physicists and philosophers, with the hope that this workshop will provide a useful forum for interdisciplinary engagement.

    INVITED SPEAKERS: Abhay Ashtekar, Juan Gonzalo Muga, Laura Ruetsche

    ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Thomas Pashby, Bryan Roberts, Giovanni Valente