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The workshop will take place in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences of the University of Cambridge, from the 6th to the 8th of July 2009. The aim is to congregate researchers working on the same themes, providing, besides few focused presentations, plenty of free time for detailed discussions and exchange of ideas.

The theme covered in this workshop will be:


Quantum Information Theory with Correlated and Finite Resources

Quantum Information Theory is the study of information-processing tasks such as storage and transmission of information, or manipulation of entanglement, using quantum-mechanical systems. Until very recently, the study of these processes was limited to the case in which the required resources, e.g. information sources, communication channels or entanglement resources, were assumed to be available for an infinite number of independent uses. In reality, however, resources are used a finite number of times, and there are unavoidable correlations between their successive uses. Hence, it is important to forego the assumption of  independence and evaluate optimal rates of information-processing tasks for finite number of uses of correlated resources.


Venue: MR12, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge


Titles and abstracts: click here


Scientific program: click here


Social program: Monday 6th July
  • 1:30pm: Welcome lunch, CMS Central Core
 Tuesday 7th July
  • 4:15pm: Punting through the colleges (hoping for a sunny day!)
  • 7:30pm: Dinner at Al Casbah, Mill Road (Algerian restaurant)


Confirmed Participants:
  • Mario Berta (LMU, Munich)
  • Daniel Burgarth (Imperial College, London)
  • Francesco Buscemi (Statistical Laboratory, Cambridge)
  • Giulio Chiribella (QUIT, University of Pavia)
  • Roger Colbeck (ETH, Zürich)
  • Mauro D'Ariano (QUIT, University of Pavia)
  • Nilanjana Datta (Statistical Laboratory, Cambridge)
  • Nicolas Dutil (McGill University, Montreal)
  • Berry Groisman (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Lawrence Ioannou (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Alastair Kay (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Adrian Kent (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Jonathan Oppenheim (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Paolo Perinotti (QUIT, University of Pavia)
  • Renato Renner (ETH, Zürich)
  • Tony Short (DAMTP, Cambridge)
  • Marco Tomamichel (ETH, Zürich)
  • Shashank Virmani (University of Strathclyde)
  • Xiaoting Wang (DAMTP, Cambridge)


Acknowledgments: this workshop was supported by a grant from the Foundational Questions Institute and by the Cambridge Centre for Quantum Computation


Contacts: Francesco Buscemi (buscemi_at_statslab.cam.ac.uk) & Nilanjana Datta (n.datta_at_statslab.cam.ac.uk)


Workshop Secretary: Mrs Miranda Canty (mlc59_at_hermes.cam.ac.uk)


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