Bellairs McGill-Oxford Workshop on:

Quantum and Classical Information Flow

9th April to 14th April 2011

A number of recent developments have brought new mathematical tools and physical insights to quantum information theory. These include: the categorical axiomatization of quantum mechanics by Abramsky and Coecke with numerous subsequent developments by the Oxford group, the analysis of epistemic concepts in quantum mechanics by Spekkens, and new algebraic methods in Quantum Information Theory by Keye Martin, Tanner Crowder and others and the development of topological quantum computing by too many to mention. In addition there has been a flurry of activity in epistemic logic by Sadrzadeh and Panangaden and the use of information theory in security by Malacaria and also by Palamidessi and her group in Paris. The aim of this workshop is to bring representatives of these research areas together.

The workshop runs from Saturday the 9th of April starting at 10am, until noon on Thursday the 14th of April 2011. On Saturday we will have a series of informal interactions and the formal talks will commence on Sunday. These dates are now firm.

The workshop organizer is Prakash Panangaden. Other confirmed participants include: Samson Abramsky, Andrei Akhvlediani, Mario Alvim, Miguel Andres, Constantinos Chatzikokolakis, Bob Coecke, Tanner Crowder, Andreas Doering, Julia Evans, Johnny Feng, Lucien Hardy, Chris Heunen, Lotte Hollands, Bart Jacobs, Sophia Knight, Ray Lal, Pasquale Malacaria, Shane Mansfield, Keye Martin, Catuscia Palamidessi, Roman Priebe, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, and Jamie Vicary.

The practice at these workshops has been to allow the speaker ample time to get to technical details and for there to be lots of opportunities for extensive discussions. The participation of the audience is one of the things that makes this workshop unique. Therfore the use of laptops during the talks is banned. If you need to receive or send an urgent message you can leave the area where the talks occur and use your laptop.

A workshop schedule will be posted here some time in March.

The workshop runs from 9th April to 14th April 2011 and will take place at the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados.

Directions and things to know: The airport is on the east-south point of the island and Bellairs is on the west side (about a 30-40 minute taxi drive). Here is a map of Barbados, a better map of Barbados and here is one of the institute grounds. Tell the taxi drivers to take you to Bellairs Research Centre in Holetown.

Holetown is small and Bellairs is on the main (only) street - you can't really miss it. The taxi ride should cost about $30 U.S. There are buses but one must first travel to Bridgetown (the capital) and transfer to another line. Barbados is safe and one shouldn't worry about travelling alone during the day. US currency is freely accepted at 2 Barbadian dollars per US dollar. Other currencies (Pound sterling, Canadian dollars) are not accepted; you will have to change them at banks or at the airport.  People had trouble using their bank cards from Europe, but Canadian and US cards seem to work fine. At the airport if you go around to the departures side just after you arrive you will find cash machines that will work. Good things to bring are suntan lotion or dark skin, mosquito repellent, swimwear, papers/books/stationary and light clothing (it will be warm). There is wireless hookup for laptops so you can bring your own laptop. There is a small fee for using the internet. The cost of a room will depend on the room. Dinners will be served on site for US $25 per meal and breakfasts for US $7 per meal. Payment can be made by credit card.