CSSQI 2015: Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information

10 Aug 2015 - 14 Aug 2015
Hosted by The Fields Institute at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

The goal of this summer school is to provide introductory lectures on quantum information science to a general audience of graduate-level computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians. The school consists of five consecutive days of talks that cover the basics quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, fault tolerance, and a variety of experimental implementations & architectures

Registration fee: $120 Early registration deadline: July 10, 2015

Program: The official program for the summer school can be found here

Housing: We have reserved 40 spaces for students based on double occupancy, available at approximately $30/night on a first-come-first-serve basis. For additional housing options, visit this link

Travel assistance: A limited amount of funding may be available for students in need. Please apply by July 10, 2015, as instructed at: https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-for-quantum-computing/cssqi-funding


The field of quantum information processing investigates the ultimate limits of computation and information transmission. If we think about modifying, storing, transferring, or coding information, ultimately we cannot disregard the physical environment in which information is written. In a short: information is physical. With this fundamental observation in mind, during the last 30 years, it has been shown that information processing in the classical physics and quantum physics regimes exhibit striking differences. Indeed, this perspective has brought us to observe that certain counter-intuitive aspects of quantum physics permit algorithms that can solve important computational problems faster than their best-known classical analogues. Moreover, information stored in quantum systems can be transferred in a provably secure way. These results have suggested new fundamental experiments and are at the core of some recent commercial applications in encryption technologies.

The Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information (CSSQI) is an annual meeting that serves the Canadian and international quantum information science community and has become a central component of Canada's world-leading role in quantum information research and training.

This year will mark the 15th annual CSSQI. The school will be held the week before the Conference on Quantum Information & Quantum Control (CQIQC). CQIQC is a biennial workshop started in 2004 that brings together and fosters discussion among experts and junior researchers from around the world in all aspects of quantum information and control. We believe that the combination of these two back-to-back events at the Fields Institute will build on the excellent traditions of both meetings.

The 15th school will cover the fundamentals of quantum information processing, and shed light on critical developments and the associated technologies that affect our current understanding and ability to modify, store, transfer, and code information.

Tentative program

The first three days will be focused on introducing some core topics of quantum information, while Thursday and Friday will branch into talks about areas of current research. In addition to coffee breaks, there will be an open-discussion session with the lecturers at the end of each day.

Confirmed speakers

Jonathan Dowling
Boson Sampling and Related Technologies

Joseph Emerson
Resources for quantum computation

Peter Hoyer
Quantum Algorithms

Kurt Jacobs
Quantum Control Engineering

Roger Melko
Entanglement and Many-Body Physics

Ben Reichardt
Quantum Error-Correction and Fault-tolerance

Irfan Siddiqi
Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics

Krysta Svore
Quantum Computer Architecture

Barbara Terhal
Hamiltonian Complexity

John Watrous
Elements of Quantum Information Processing

Chris Wilson
Experimental Quantum Information Processing


Amr Helmy, University of Toronto
Ashwin Nayak, University of Waterloo
Aephraim Steinberg, University of Toronto

More information can be found here