Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Conference Date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 3, 2018 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Quantum Foundations
Quantum Information


The foundations of quantum mechanics have been revitalized in the past few decades by three developments:  (i) the influence of quantum computation and quantum information theory (ii) studies of the interplay between quantum theory and relativity particularly the analysis of indefinite causal structure and (iii) proposals to reconstruct quantum theory from basic axioms.  There have also been very interesting developments in understanding and classifying no=locality and contextuality using tools from sheaf theory and cohomology as well as operator algebras and category theory.

The International Congress of Mathematical Physics is a natural forum for the discussion of these topics.  In the past there have been satellite workshops on topics like “Operator algebras and quantum statistical mechanics” which also address fundamental issues.  The modern study of quantum foundations is very much influenced and informed by mathematics:  sheaf theory and cohomology, category theory, information theory, convex analysis in addition to the continuing interest in operator algebras and functional analysis.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers who have made substantial contribution to the recent developments.  The workshop will be held at Perimeter Institute over a five day period from July 30th to August 3rd, 2018.

Registration for this event is now closed.

  • Jonathan Barrett, University of Oxford
  • Giulio Chiribella, University of Oxford
  • Bob Coecke, University of Oxford
  • Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute
  • Tobias Fritz, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
  • Philipp Hoehn, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
  • Adrian Kent, University of Cambridge
  • Yeong-Cherng Liang, National Cheng Kung University
  • Nuriya Nurgalieva, ETH Zurich
  • Robert Oeckl, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Ognyan Oreshkov, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
  • Paolo Perinotti, Universita degli Studi di Pavia
  • Ana Belen Sainz, Perimeter Institute
  • Lev Vaidman, Tel Aviv University
  • Dominic Verdon, University of Oxford
  • Alexander Wilce, Susquehanna University
  • Fatemeh Ahmadi, Buein Sahra Technical University
  • Aida Ahmadzadegan, University of Waterloo & Perimeter Institute
  • Philippe Allard Guerin, University of Vienna
  • Joseph Bramante, Queens University
  • Justin Dressel, Chapman University
  • Nicholas Gaugin Houghton-Larsen, University of Copenhagen
  • Jose Raul Gonzalez Alonso, Chapman University
  • Sasha Greenfield, Chapman University
  • Aaron Grisez, Chapman University
  • Meenu Kumari, University of Waterloo
  • Matthew Leifer, Chapman University
  • Robin Lorenz, University of Oxford
  • Robert Mann, Perimeter Institute
  • Martin Plavala, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Sacha Schwarz, University of Waterloo
  • Andrei Shieber, Perimeter Institute
  • Barak Shoshany, Perimeter Institute
  • Jamie Sikora, Perimeter Institute
  • Michel Vittot, Centre de Physique Theorique
  • Mordecai Waegell, Chapman University
  • Scott Walck, Lebanon Valley College
  • Michelle Xu, Perimeter Institute

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $127.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $145.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their website of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.  
  • Proceed West on Highway 401.  
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.  
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East. 
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.  
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.  
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.  
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).  
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

    Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Waterloo Hotel 2 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7
Phone: 519-885-2626
Distance from PI: 500 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis. 

Scientific Organizers:

  • Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute
  • Markus Mueller, Perimeter Institute & Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna
  • Prakash Panangaden, McGill University
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute

Scientific Organizing Committee:

  • Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute
  • Ravi Kunjwal, Perimeter Institute
  • Denis Rosset, Perimeter Institute
  • Nitica Sakharwade, Perimeter Institute
  • John Selby, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
  • Elie Wolfe, Perimeter Institute