July  1, 2016


Conference on Quantum Groups and Quantum Information Theory
July 13-17, 2015

to be held at Herstmonceux Castle, UK



Organizing Committee: Scientific Committee:
Benoit Collins, University of Ottawa/Kyoto University
James Mingo, Queen’s University
Ashley Montanaro, University of Bristol
Maria Grazia Viola, Lakehead University
Moritz Weber, Saarland University
Matthias Christandl, University of Copenhagen
Patrick Hayden, Stanford University
Marius Junge, University of Illinois
Gilles Pisier, Texas A&M University
Roland Speicher, Saarland University
Michael Wolf, Technische Universiat Muenchen

Advanced Grant held by Roland Speicher,
Starting Grant held by Matthias Christandl

Registration is now closed.

Participants should arrive in the afternoon of July 12, 2015. The Conference will finish at noon (lunch will be provided) on July 17, 2015.
If you wish to book an ensuite room, please contact Grazia Viola at



Recent developments suggest the existence of links between quantum groups and quantum information theory. Both fields have common problems and areas of interest, such as random matrix theory. They also share important technical tools, despite developing independently. However, there has never been a joint meeting involving these two communities. This workshop aims to fill this gap, and to bring together researchers from these areas so that they can learn from each other's techniques, approaches and open problems. The topics discussed during the workshop will range from the Weingarten calculus and planar combinatorial calculations to quantum de Finetti theorems and free probability.

Herstmonceux Castle was made available through Queen’s University as a Principal Fields Sponsor. This conference marks the first Fields Conference sited in Europe.



The Conference's program, including schedule and abstracts, can be found here (pdf file).


Lecture Slides

Carlos Gonzalez-Guillen (Universida Politecnica de Madrid): Asymptotic bounds of the (unitary) Weingarten function and Quantum Information Theory

Marius Junge (UIUC): Quantum capacity for quantum channels via quantum groups

Christopher King (Northeastern University): Remarks on Hypercontractivity in Quantum Information Theory

Jamie Mingo (Queen’s University) : Partial transposes of Haar distributed random unitary matrices

Ion Nechita (TU Munchen, CNRS ): Random quantum channels and additivity violations

Jonathan Novak (MIT): An Invitation to the Weingarten Calculus

Sven Raum (RIMS, Kyoto University and Universtiy of Munster): The classification of orthogonal easy quantum groups

Adam Skalski (IMPAN): Introduction to compact quantum groups

Roland Speicher (Saarland University): Introduction to Free Probability Theory: Combinatorics, Random Matrices, and Quantum Groups

Michael Walter (Stanford University): Topologically ordered models in higher dimensions

Dan-Virgil Voiculescu (UC Berkeley): A Glimpse at Bi-Freeness


Registered Participants

Andersson, Andreas Wollongong University
Banica, Teodor Univ. Cergy-Pontoise
Bichon, Julien Universite Blaise Pascal
Brannan, Michael University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Collins, Benoit University of Ottawa
Crann, Jason Carleton Universtity/University of Lille 1
Freslon, Amaury University of Saarbrucken
Gabriel, Olivier University of Glasgow
Gonzalez-Guillen, Carlos Universida Politecnica de Madrid
Hancox, Jason Lancaster University
Harrow, Aram MIT
Junge, Marius UIUC
King, Christopher Northeastern University
Koestler, Claus University College Cork
Lancien, Cecilia Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Lee, Hun Hee Seoul National University
Leung, Debbie University of Waterloo
Lindsay, Martin Lancaster University
Matsumoto, Sho Kagoshima University
Mingo, James Queen's University
Mitchison, Graeme Cambridge University
Montanaro, Ashley University of Bristol
Nechita, Ion CNRS
Novak, Jonathan MIT
Perez-Garcia, David Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Piddock, Stephen University of Bristol
Raum, Sven RIMS, Kyoto
Skalski, Adam Polish Academy of Sciences
Sniady, Piotr Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza
Speicher, Roland Saarland University
Spring, William University of Hertfordshire
Strelchuk, Sergii University of Cambridge
Tarrago, Pierre Universitaet des Saarlandes
Trotter, Steve University of Leeds
Vergnioux, Roland University of Caen
Villanueva, Ignacio Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Viola, Maria Grazia Lakehead University
Voiculescu, Dan UC Berkeley
Voigt, Christian University of Glasgow
Wahl, Jonas KU Leuven
Walter, Michael Stanford University
Weber, Moritz Saarland University
Winter, Andreas Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Woronowicz, Stanislaw Lech Mathematical Institute of Polish Academy of Science
Yard, Jon Microsoft
Zhong, Ping Lancaster University

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