Workshop on

Combining Viewpoints
in Quantum Theory

19-22 March 2018
Edinburgh, Scotland

Quantum computer science lies at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and physics. Understanding quantum computing in enough detail to allow its large-scale deployment will clearly transform our society, but there are several obstructions. The most fundamental ones run straight to the heart of the counterintuitiveness of quantum theory: one can only extract data from a quantum system from one classical viewpoint at a time. Learning more requires combining measurements from multiple classical viewpoints. Addressing this issue will advance our theoretical understanding of nature and at the same time has practical benefits to quantum technology.

The workshop Combining Viewpoints in Quantum Theory brings together researchers working on this topic and thematically related areas. It aims to inspire new collaborations and provide an opportunity for young researchers to expand their horizons. This is an interdisciplinary workshop, and not a specialist conference. The goal is not to preach to the converted but to reach out to others.


The programme is under construction. There will be long invited talks, room for shorter contributed talks, and long tea and lunch breaks for discussion.

Invited speakers:

There will be a wine reception on the Monday, a social excursion on Wednesday afternoon, and a conference dinner on Wednesday evening.

Contributed talks

There is limited room in the programme for shorter contributed talks. If you are interested in contributing a talk, please email the organiser with a proposed title and abstract.

Local information

Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city, renowned for its heritage, culture, and festivals. Next to the World Heritage Site that is its historic centre, it is the home of many mathematical achievements, world-class universities, and the backdrop to several famous movies. Easy access to beautiful Scotland makes Edinburgh the second most popular tourist destination in the UK.

The workshop will be held at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences. ICMS was created in 1989 by Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, and has an international reputation for running high quality meetings that bring many of the best mathematicians in the world to Edinburgh.

Getting to Edinburgh is easy, through its international airport and two major railway stations. Most of the centre is easy to navigate on foot, and for longer distances you can get around by bus, tram, taxi, or uber.


There is no registration fee. Tea, coffee, and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register by emailing the organiser.

Registration for the social excursion on Wednesday afternoon will be opened shortly.


Financial support is available for a number of PhD students and early career researchers. Preference will be given to those who match the topic of the workshop, minorities, and those with caring duties. Funding decisions will be made on February 1. Please email the organiser beforehand to apply.


The workshop is sponsored by EPSRC, as a part of Chris Heunen's Fellowship.