Contextuality: Conceptual Issues, Operational Signatures, and Applications

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 (All day) to Friday, July 28, 2017 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Quantum Foundations
Quantum Information

 

2017 marks 50 years since the seminal 1967 article of Kochen and Specker proving that quantum theory fails to admit of a noncontextual model.  Despite the fact that the Kochen-Specker theorem is one of the seminal results concerning the foundations of quantum theory, there has never been a large conference dedicated to the subject.  The 50-year anniversary of the theorem seems an opportune time to remedy this oversight.  Furthermore, in the last decade, there have been tremendous advances in the field.  New life has been breathed into the subject as old conceptual issues have been re-examined from a new information-theoretic perspective. Importantly, there has been great progress in making the notion of noncontextuality robust to noise and therefore experimentally testable.  Finally, there is mounting evidence that the resource that powers many quantum advantages for information processing is contextuality.  In particular, it has been shown to underlie the possibility of universal quantum computation.  Many groups worldwide are actively engaged in advancing our knowledge on each of these fronts and in deepening our understanding of the distinction between quantum and classical theories through the lens of contextuality.  Through this conference, we aim to bring together leading researchers in the field in order to develop a broader perspective on the issues, draw connections between different approaches, foster a more cohesive community, and set objectives for future research.

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To register for this event, please click here.

Please note the following deadlines:
Requests for financial support must be submitted by May 15
Requests to present a poster must be made by May 22
Registration for this event will close on July 7

Perimeter Institute has launched a new program whereby child care support may be available to facilitate your participation in workshops and conferences.  Please visit http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/research/conferences/child-care-support-conference-participants for more information.

  • Samson Abramsky, Oxford University
  • Stephen Bartlett, University of Sydney
  • Juan Bermejo-Vega, Free University of Berlin
  • Dan Browne, University College London
  • Adán Cabello, Universidad de Sevilla
  • Eric Cavalcanti, Griffith University
  • Giulio Chiribella, University of Hong Kong 
  • Joseph Emerson, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Otfried Gühne, University of Siegen
  • Teiko Heinosaari, University of Turku
  • Pawel Horodecki, Gdansk University of Technology
  • Angela Karanjai, University of Sydney
  • Simon Kochen, Princeton University
  • Ravi Kunjwal, Perimetr Institute
  • Jan-Åke Larsson, Linkopings University
  • Matthew Leifer, Chapman University
  • Shane Mansfield, University of Edinburgh
  • Michael Mazurek, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Sandu Popescu**, University of Bristol
  • Ana Belén Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • Jamie Sikora, Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • William Slofstra, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Mordecai Waegell, Chapman University
  • Joel Wallman, Institute for Quantum Computing

**via teleconference

  • Samson Abramsky, Oxford University
  • Mojtaba Aliakbarzadeh, Queensland University of Technology
  • Barbara Amaral, International Institute of Physics
  • Roberto Baldijao, MathFoundQ/UniCamp
  • Itzhak Bars, University of Southern California
  • Stephen Bartlett, University of Sydney
  • Juan Bermejo-Vega, Free University of Berlin
  • Dan Browne, University College London
  • Adán Cabello, Universidad de Sevilla
  • Giovanni Carù, University of Oxford
  • Lorenzo Catani, University College London
  • Eric Cavalcanti, Griffith University
  • Giulio Chiribella, University of Hong Kong 
  • Joseph Emerson, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Elizabeth Gould, Perimeter Institute
  • Otfried Gühne, University of Siegen
  • Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute
  • Teiko Heinosaari, University of Turku
  • Luciana Henaut, University College London
  • Pawel Horodecki, Gdansk University of Technology
  • Angela Karanjai, University of Sydney
  • Martti Karvonen, University of Edinburgh
  • Simon Kochen, Princeton University
  • Ravi Kunjwal, Perimetr Institute
  • Jan-Åke Larsson, Linkopings University
  • Matthew Leifer, Chapman University
  • Matteo Lostaglio, Institute of Photonic Sciences
  • Shane Mansfield, University of Edinburgh
  • Michael Mazurek, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Fei Meng, University of Hong Kong
  • Apurva Narayan, University of Waterloo
  • Jaskaran Singh Nirankari, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  • Lorenzo Procopio, CNRS - Universite Paris Sud
  • Jess Riedel, Perimeter Institute
  • Ana Belén Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • Nitica Sakharwade, Perimeter Institute
  • Aravinda Srinivasamurthy, Institute of Mathematical Sciences 
  • David Schmid, Perimeter Institute
  • Jamie Sikora, Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • Andrew Simmons, Imperial College London
  • Amandeep Singh, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  • John Sipe, University of Toronto
  • William Slofstra, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Yu-Tsung Tai, Indiana University
  • Kevin Vanslette, University at Albany
  • Mordecai Waegell, Chapman University
  • Joel Wallman, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Elie Wolfe, Perimeter Institute

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $118.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $133.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their webiste of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.  
  • Proceed West on Highway 401.  
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.  
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East. 
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.  
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.  
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.  
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).  
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you directly to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.


For students accepted into the summer school:

Perimeter Institute has reserved a limited number of rooms at Wilfrid Laurier University. The location is 200 King Street North and is a fifteen minute walk to the institute.  The residence is air-conditioned and offers private bedrooms with a semi-private washroom. Each bedroom contains a single bed, sink, desk and closet unit. There are lounges on the floor with a fridge, stove, and microwave. The rate is $44.00/night and includes parking and wifi.

Students are responsible for contacting the university directly to make their own reservations and should do so here: https://accommodations.laurierconferences.ca/Default.asp

Under the purpose of their visit, they should reference "Contextuality: Conceptual Issues, Operational Signatures, and Applications". 

Scientific Organizers:

  • Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute
  • Ravi Kunjwal, Perimeter Institute
  • Ana Belén Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • David Schmid, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Elie Wolfe, Perimeter Institute