13-17 January, 2020

The University of Hong Kong

Quantum Information and computation Initiative

Computer Science Department

Chow Yei Ching Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

About

​​An interdisciplinary consortium in ​Quantum Information and Quantum Gravity, with a research program to unravel the Quantum Information Structure of Spacetime.

QISS is a cross–disciplinary fundamental research initiative in the broader fields of Quantum Information and Quantum Gravity, aiming to put the physics of quantum spacetime on an information theoretical basis, bring within reach empirical access to quantum gravity in 'table–top' laboratory conditions, and promote an extensive interaction between physicists and philosophers. The central goal of the collaboration is to deepen the current understanding of this slippery but crucial notion, that is rapidly taking a central role in our understanding of the structure of reality: Information.

Important dates

  • Registration: by Sunday 12th December 2019
  • Workshop: 13th - 15th January 2020 (TBC)
  • Oxford-HK Joint Lab Inauguration: 16th - 17th January 2020 (TBC)

Committees


Programme committee

Local organizing Committee

Public Lecture

Tuesday 14th of January 2020, 16:45-17:45, followed by a small reception/coctail.

Chow Yei Ching Building - G/F - Lecture theatre CBA, Pokfulam Road, Computer Science Department, HKU

Speaker: Carlo Rovelli

Professor of exceptional class at the University of Aix-Marseille, France,
Director of Quantum Gravity laboratory of the CNRS Center for Theoretical Physics, Marseille, France

Talk Title: `What is time?'

Abstract: `Time' is something very familiar to all of us. But the physics of the XX century has discovered that time works quite differently from what we usually think. In this conference I will review what have learned a lot about the nature of time, but also the mysteries surrounding this notion that are still open. These mysteries are connected with many questions about the universe that are still open, like the fate of black holes, the nature of heat, the reason past is different form future, and the nature of our consciousness.

Bio: Carlo Rovelli (born 3 May 1956) is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy, the United States, and since 2000 in France.
He works mainly in the field of quantum gravity, and is a founder of the theory known as Loop Quantum Gravity. He is also known for his passion and contributions in the history and philosophy of science and the popularization of physics to a wide public.
He collaborates with several Italian newspapers, including the cultural supplements of the Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, and La Repubblica, and is regularly featured in international outlets such as the New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of several popularized science books and articles. Recently, his popular-science book: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been translated into 41 languages[2] and has sold over a million copies worldwide.
In 2019 he was included by Foreign Policy magazine in a list of 100 most influential global thinkers. The central theme around which his life's work revolves is what is the meaning of time, whether it exists objectively or whether it is an illusory, perspectival aspect of the universe. Rovelli is an outspoken proponent of the latter possibility.

The talk is open for all and there is no registration required. Please let us know in advance of an intention to come with groups of students larger than ~10 persons, so to estimate attendance and ensure we have enough sitting space for all.

Invited speakers


Pablo Arrighi

Aix-Marseille University

Title and Abstract TBC

Sougato Bose

University College London

Title and Abstract TBC

Bob Coecke

University of Oxford

Title and Abstract TBC

Pietro Donà

Centre de Physique Théorique

Title and Abstract TBC

Lucien Hardy

Perimeter Institute

Title and Abstract TBC

Timothée Hoffreumon

Université libre de Bruxelles

Title and Abstract TBC

Richard Howl

University of Nottingham

Title and Abstract TBC

Ding Jia

Perimeter Institute

Title and Abstract TBC

Jakub Mielczarek

Jagiellonian University Poland

Title and Abstract TBC

Robert Oeckl

Mexican National Autonomous University

Title and Abstract TBC

Ognyan Oreshkov

Université libre de Bruxelles

Title and Abstract TBC

Nicola Pinzani

University of Oxford

Title and Abstract TBC

Carlo Rovelli

Centre de Physique Théorique

Title and Abstract Above

Simone Speziale

Centre de Physique Théorique

Title and Abstract TBC

Philip Walter

University of Vienna

Title and Abstract TBC

Programme

Here is the tentative programme.

Here is the list of talk titles and abstracts.

Travel and Local information

The QISS HKU Workshop will be held at the University of Hong Kong, Quantum Information and Computation Initiative, Computer Science Department, Chow Yei Ching Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. .

Sponsors and Photo

QISS HKU 2020 is sponsored by: