Operator Structures in Quantum Information Theory (07w5119)

Arriving Sunday, February 11 and departing Friday February 16, 2007


David Kribs (University of Guelph)
Mary Beth Ruskai (delocalized)


The workshop we have proposed would be the first of its kind in the world. In particular, this would be the first meeting focused on fostering interactions between researchers from operator algebras and operator spaces and those from quantum information theory. The organizers recognize burgeoning connections between these disciplines, and recent multi-disciplinary publications in the area have opened the door for larger scale endeavors. Further development of these connections presents the rare opportunity to produce both new mathematics, and substantive progress in the emerging QIT fields.

Students, post-docs, and early career researchers often find quantum information a potentially attractive field. However, only a few of those working in operator algebras and operator spaces have advisors who are aware of accessible problems in quantum information theory. This workshop would give them an opportunity to learn about problems in QIT to which they could apply their expertise and meet those actively working in QIT. Conversely, people working actively in QIT would become more aware of the mathematical tools in operator theory available.

We have communicated with a core group of researchers on our "list of possible participants", and can confirm that there is substantial interest in our proposed workshop. We would hope for new collaborations between mathematicians, physicists, information theorists and computer scientists as another important outcome of this workshop.