PhD Course: Quantum information theory and geometry


University of Trento

We are pleased to announce the PhD course:

Quantum information theory and geometry
June-July 2017, University of Trento (Italy).
JM. Landsberg (Texas A&M)

Quantum information theory is at the intersection of physics, computer science and mathematics. While it is little understood, what we know already may have a dramatic impact on our lives. Efforts are now being made to build a quantum computer, which, if successful, would in particular end the security of public key cryptography among many other things. At the present, we have very little knowledge of what a quantum computer can and cannot compute efficiently. Much research remains to be done.

This course will discuss the physics of information, and the mathematics needed to study it. The first half will cover background material from physics and computer science. It will give an overview and foundation of the subject. The second half will be an in-depth study of geometry and representation theory useful for quantum information theory. The mathematics covered will prepare students to do research in this exciting and important area.

The primary target of the lectures are first year PhD students. However given its timely and interdisciplinary nature, it should also attract students and faculty in mathematics, physics and computer science.

Topics of the PhD Course:
Classical information theory (Shannon capacity, complexity).
Quantum information theory and its connections to probability.
Quantum complexity and algorithms.
Representation theory for quantum information
Algebraic geometry for quantum information.

There will be an associated International Workshop: Quantum Physics and Geometry, July 4-6, 2017, Levico Terme (Trento, Italy),