QUISCO Meeting 20/06/2018, Glasgow

The next QUISCO meeting will take place at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 10am to 5pm.

More details to follow.

For further information or if you are interested giving a talk, please contact Sarah Croke (sarah [dot] croke [at] glasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk)

QUISCO Meeting 30/01/2018, Edinburgh

The first QUISCO meeting for 2018 will take place at the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics on Tuesday 30th January 2018, from 10am to 5pm. The venue will be at Informatics Forum (link), 4th floor at Mini Forum 2 (room 4.40).

More details can be found here.

For further information or if you are interested giving a talk, please contact Petros Wallden (petros [dot] wallden [at] gmail [dot] com)

QUISCO Does Christmas 10/12/2013

We are having our Christmas QUISCO meeting in St. Andrews on Tuesday 10th December. The meeting is going to have a light Christmas atmosphere of introducing new people who has joined us in the recent time. We will have a number of talks, less technical this time but introducing new research topics in quantum information.

The meeting programme is now available.

If you would like to attend, please email Dr Natalia Korolkova for catering purposes.

Charles Bennett to Visit Scotland

Dr Charles Bennett will be visiting Edinburgh from November 17 and will deliver the Informatics Distinguished Lecture on:

Tuesday 19th November at 16.00
Room G.07, School of Informatics

Abstract: The information revolution is based on what a physicist would call a classical view of information. Quantum effects were long regarded as a mere nuisance for information processing, preventing information in microscopic objects from being observed or copied accurately, but are now known to make possible feats like quantum cryptography and, if a quantum computer can be built, dramatic speedups of some computations. More importantly, the quantum approach has led to a more coherent and powerful way of thinking about information.

We review this approach, especially the uniquely strong and private kind of correlation known as entanglement, which plays a role in many ways complementary to classical information. Entanglement helps explain the origin of randomness, why the future is more uncertain than the past, and, paradoxically, the macroscopic world’s superficially classical appearance, which allowed quantum laws to remain undiscovered until the 20th century.

QUISCO at the IOP 17-18/12/2012

DSC07926Many QUISCO representatives were presenting at the Institute of Physics Meeting on Quantum Technologies in London 17-18th December 2012. Researchers from Glasgow, Strathclyde, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities gave both invited and contributed lectures on their latest results.

Daniel Oi (Strathclyde) gave an overview of current efforts on performing entanglement experiments in space using CubeSats, extremely small satellites but with advanced capabilities.

DSC08048Vedran Dunjko (Heriot-Watt, right) presented experimental results implementing quantum digital signatures, a method by which “quantum cheques” could be signed and verified.

DSC08076Sabrina Maniscalco (Heriot-Watt, left) showed how a particular form of quantum noise, Non-Markovianity, could be characterised and even used as a diagnostic tool.

DSC08095Jacqi Romero (Glasgow, right) explained the phenomenon of orbital angular momentum of light and recent experimental progress on its production and manipulation.

DSC08164Elham Kashfi (Edinburgh, left) gave an invited talk on the verification of quantum computers. This combines cryptographic secrecy with quantum computation to allow the secure operation of quantum servers. More generally, it tries to answer the question of how do we make sure our quantum devices are performing as promised.

Besides talks, QUISCO members also showed posters presenting their varied research. More photos of the event can be found here.

In Search of New Blood

QUISCO are requesting expressions of interest from quantum information researchers in Scotland to join the management team, help organise events and co-ordinate local institutional activities. If you would like to be considered for these roles, please contact Elham Kashefi.