Contextuality: Conceptual Issues, Operational Signatures, and Applications

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 (All day) to Friday, July 28, 2017 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Quantum Foundations
Quantum Information


2017 marks 50 years since the seminal 1967 article of Kochen and Specker proving that quantum theory fails to admit of a noncontextual model.  Despite the fact that the Kochen-Specker theorem is one of the seminal results concerning the foundations of quantum theory, there has never been a large conference dedicated to the subject.  The 50-year anniversary of the theorem seems an opportune time to remedy this oversight.  Furthermore, in the last decade, there have been tremendous advances in the field.  New life has been breathed into the subject as old conceptual issues have been re-examined from a new information-theoretic perspective. Importantly, there has been great progress in making the notion of noncontextuality robust to noise and therefore experimentally testable.  Finally, there is mounting evidence that the resource that powers many quantum advantages for information processing is contextuality.  In particular, it has been shown to underlie the possibility of universal quantum computation.  Many groups worldwide are actively engaged in advancing our knowledge on each of these fronts and in deepening our understanding of the distinction between quantum and classical theories through the lens of contextuality.  Through this conference, we aim to bring together leading researchers in the field in order to develop a broader perspective on the issues, draw connections between different approaches, foster a more cohesive community, and set objectives for future research.

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Please note the following deadlines:
Requests for financial support must be submitted by May 1
Requests to present a poster must be made by May 7
Registration for this event will close on July 7

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  • Samson Abramsky, Oxford University
  • Stephen Bartlett, University of Sydney
  • Juan Bermejo-Vega, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
  • Dan Browne, University College London
  • Adán Cabello, Universidad de Sevilla
  • Eric Cavalcanti, Griffith University
  • Giulio Chiribella*, University of Hong Kong 
  • Fay Dowker, Imperial College London
  • Joseph Emerson, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Otfried Gühne, University of Siegen
  • Teiko Heinosaari, University of Turku
  • Pawel Horodecki, Gdansk University of Technology
  • Angela Karanjai, University of Sydney
  • Simon Kochen, Princeton University
  • Jan-Åke Larsson, Linkopings University
  • Matthew Leifer, Chapman University
  • Shane Mansfield, University of Edinburgh
  • Sandu Popescu**, University of Bristol
  • Ana Belén Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • Jamie Sikora, Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • William Slofstra, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Mordecai Waegell, Chapman University
  • Joel Wallman, Institute for Quantum Computing

* To be confirmed

**via teleconference

Scientific Organizers:

  • Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute
  • Ravi Kunjwal, Perimeter Institute
  • Ana Belén Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • David Schmid, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Elie Wolfe, Perimeter Institute