The Quantum Group at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, with support from Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) and IBM, are organizing a two-day conference, Introducing QNLP: embracing the NISQ era, taking place at St. Aldate's Church, on 5 and 6 December 2019.

The purpose of the conference is to establish a dialogue centered around compositional natural language processing (NLP) and applications on quantum hardware. Applied category theory has provided compositional NLP with mathematical foundations that share similarity to those of quantum theory, suggesting that quantum computers provide a natural setting for compositional NLP tasks [1]. Furthermore, ideas from condensed matter physics have made their way into NLP [2,3]. In recent years, Quantum Artificial Intelligence (QAI) has enjoyed fruitful research activity. As noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) computers have become readily accessible, the time is right to explore the possible advantages of performing NLP on such NISQ devices. This endeavor is to be understood as an emerging subfield of QAI, namely Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP). Our ambition is that participants from both the academic and the private sector working on the tangent fields of quantum computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as linguistics, come together and coordinate to build an active community on the novel and timely field of QNLP.

  • [1] Zeng, Coecke (arxiv:1608.01406)
  • [2] Orus, Gallego (arxiv:1708.01525)
  • [3] Wiebe, Bocharov, Smolensky, Troyer, Svore (arxiv:1902.05162)
  • Committees

    Local organisation


    A list of talk videos can be found on our Youtube Channel 'QNLP'.

    Here are the programme, the Conference Booklet, and the List of Registrants.


    Please register at Eventbrite, by December 1st, 2019.

    Here is a list of participants(TBC).

    Local information

    Oxford is the home of the oldest university in the English speaking world, and boasts many tourist attractions. It is easily reached from London's international Heathrow airport via the so-called airline bus service. For more information see these travel directions.

    Oxford has a wide range of places to stay, including college accommodation, private rooms and flats, or short term properties to share, and many bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) and guest houses. Particularly well located B&Bs are Cotswolds, Rewley House, Linton Lodge, Parklands and Galaxie Hotel. Please contact Destiny Chen should you need further information. Demand for accommodation in Oxford is high, so the rule of thumb is to book a place as soon as possible. In terms of areas, Central/North Oxford and Jericho are the closest to the conference venue, then along Botley Road, Abingdon Road, Cowley Road (the multicultural downtown of Oxford), Iffley Road, and Wolvercote.

    The Conference will be held at St Aldate's Church.

    Oxford hosts many tourist attractions and events.


    QNLP 2019 is sponsored by: