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"Quantum Mechanics and Computing in Physics, Mathematics and Biology"

Friday, February 20th 2004

One-day interdisciplinary workshop QMQC04

Centre for Scientific Computing, University of Warwick

Organisers: R.A. Roemer (Warwick), T. Brandes (UMIST, Manchester)

[Sponsored partially by funds from the EPSRC]

Background and Purpose

Many areas of science have entered a new era where microscopic and truely fundamental concepts like quantum mechanics plays a major role. The newly emerging field of `quantum information technology' describes activities that no longer can be associated with traditional subjects like mathematics or physics, but which is truely multidisciplinary. In fact, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and even biologists have started to cross academic boundaries and form new collaborations, driven by the need to understand the quantum-mechanical level of their research. At the same time, there is a strong drive towards the exploitation of quantum effects for new purposes such as quantum information processing.

This workshop has the purpose to bring together leading UK researchers in the area of quantum information processing (QIP) and computing for a one-day workshop. We plan to have 5-6 lectures in key areas of physics, mathematics and biology, where the combination of concepts from quantum theory, information theory, and computation have already started to lead to fruitful results. The workshop shall mainly address young researchers, PostDocs and postgraduate students who are currently working or intend to work in quantum mechanical or QIP related areas at the boundaries between the traditional natural sciences, mathematics, and computation.


The proposed workshop will bring together leading UK scientists. The lecturers in the following list are confirmed, their time slots are not.

Time Title Lecturer Affiliation
09:00-09:50 Registration    
09:50-10:00 Welcome    
10:00-10:50 Dissipation and QIP Dr. Almut Beige Physics, Imperial College
10:50-11:00 discussion    
11:00-11:50 Electron interference in mesoscopic devices irradiated with nonclassical electromagnetic fields Prof. Apy Vourdas Computing, Bradford
11:50-12:00 discussion    
12:00-13:00 lunch + posters    
13:00-13:50 Quantum optics for quantum computing Dr. Erika Andersson Physics, Strathclyde
13:50-14:00 discussion    
14:00-14:50 QC: The "big picture" and an example Dr. Tim Spiller Hewlett-Packard, Bristol
14:50-15:00 discussion    
15:00-15:30 tea time + posters    
15:30-16:20 Towards Molecular Computation Prof. David Hodgson Biology, Warwick
16:20-16:30 discussion    
16:30-17:20 Quantum Cryptography Dr. Raja Nagarajan Computing, Warwick
17:20-17:30 discussion    
17:30-17:40 Farewell    

Organisation, Resources

Participation shall be free of charge but be limited to about 30 participants. During the workshop, a light sandwich lunch as well as an afternoon tea shall be provided. Young scientists shall be able to contribute to the meeting by putting up posters. There is no conference fee, but there will be also no support for travel or accommodation.

The workshop will start at 09:00 am with registration in room PS017 of the CSC. The CSC is located in the Physical Sciences Building (building 25), just next to the Physics building (building 24). Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, we should have reserved parking in car park 15 close to the CSC.

The time available for the talks is 45-50 minutes and they should be understandable also to a non-specialist audience. A standard white board, an overhead projector and a computer projector will be available in the room. If you need anything else for your talk, please let us know.

Poster presentations will be just outside room PS017 and we aim to have the poster boards up at 09:00 am in Friday morning and available until the end of the workshop. Posters of size A0 can be accomodated most easily. Velcro for attaching them will be made available.

Confirmed Participants

Name Affiliation Contribution
E Andersson Physics, Strathclyde Quantum optics for quantum computing
A Beige Imperial College London Dissipation and QIP
G Bowen Computing, Warwick
T Brandes UMIST organizer
SL Braunstein University of York
B Brkic University of Liverpool
IM Carneiro Imperial College London
M Eigel Mathematics, Warwick
B Huckestein Physics, RU Bochum
D Hodgson Biology, Warwick Towards Molecular Computation
EJ Griffith University Of Liverpool
A Khawaja Sargodha Academy, Punjab, Pakistan Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (poster)
K-D Klotsa Physics, Warwick Electronic Transfer in D.N.A. (poster)
A Konstadopoulou University of Bradford
N Lambert UMIST, Manchester
YL Lim Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London Multiphoton polarisation entanglement from multiport beamsplitters (poster)
RP Mondaini Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
R MacKay Mathematics, Warwich
R Nagarajan Computing, Warwick Quantum Cryptography
M Ndawana CSC, Warwick Scale-free disorder in the Anderson model of localization (poster)
N Papanikolaou Computing, Warwick
J Ralph University of Liverpool Entanglement generation in persistent current qubits (poster)
RA Roemer CSC, Warwick organizer
J Samson Physics, Loughborough University Wigner functions and path integrals (poster)
C Sohrmann Physics, Warwick
J Stephany CSC, Warwick
T Spiller Hewlett-Packard, Bristol QC: The "big picture" and an example
S Taylor Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool
A Vourdas Computing, Bradford Electron interference in mesoscopic devices irradiated with nonclassical electromagnetic fields
JR Wedagedera Mathematics, Warwick
D Williams Computing, Warwick


The application deadline has passed. You can still send off the form below, but we might have to reject your application due to lack of space in the reserved lecture rooms.

If you wish to participate, please submit the form below by February 15th, 2004. If you encounter problems doing this, please email it to or fax it to 07876 858246. If you want to stay overnight, there is a large range of hotels and B&Bs available in Coventry, Kenilworth and surrounding areas (

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