Participant Testimonials

Jun 27 - Jul 02, 2010

... thanks for so nice scientific time at BIRS and the conference of Junge,Pisier and Xu was very important for me and not only. The connection of operator space or in words of professor Effros- quantum functional analysis with QIT(quantum information theory) was very important for everybody on that conference. I also find very strong scientific atmosphere during all discussions at talks and later. Thanks also for weather that we can see beautiful Rocky Mountains after talks! Also I find very strong connection with the free probability and random matrices and maybe in future I can also try to make my workshop which I have almost each year in Bedlewo in Poland,sometimes at Banff! This will be great!

Marek Bozejko Mathematics, University of Wroclaw

I genuinely enjoyed the conference. A top level math conference with internationally known researchers, exciting talks with lots of new results and suggestions for interesting open problems in beautiful surroundings and a great atmosphere.

Prof. Uwe Franz Département de mathématiques de Besançon, Université de Franche-Comté

This specific workshop helped me in many aspects as follows: I found new directions to work on from several talks. I and my coworker improved our result during the workshop. I met many mathematicians, so that I could successfully invite them to my place for the future joint work.

Hunhee Lee Assistant professor
Department of Mathematics, Chungbuk National University

The conference was wonderful. Everything went very smoothly. The choice of speakers left nothing to be desired. And of course, the location is a gem in its own right.

Timur Oikhberg Mathematics, University of California (Irvine)

The workshop fit perfectly with my research topics. It allows me to keep in touch with many people from the field. The level was very good according to me.

Eric Ricard Université de Franche-Comté

The workshop was highly stimulating for my research. I learned a lot about the current research in related fields and was able to present my own research and relate it to the work of other people. The main impact of the workshop was to bring together experts in the field of Operator spaces and Quantum Information Theory. This resulted in many new insights. For example, a major conjecture in the field of von Neumann algebras turned out to be of severe importance also in the field of Quantum Information Theory. I consider this to be a conceptual breakthrough. During the workshop I continued the collaboration with various researchers that I did know before. I started new projects and discussed ideas with experts.

Prof. Andreas Thom Department of Mathematics, University of Leipzig

This was the third serial workshop that we organized (the previous two being in the CIRM at Luminy, 2007 and 2009). There was a major difference between this workshop and the previous two: its scope was widened to include quantum information. One third of the talks are in QI. This is the first workshop involving these two fields. The interactions between this field with operator spaces/algebras have emerged only since a few years and have proved to be very promising. One good illustration of these interactions is a surprising result obtained by U. Haagerup and M. Musat: as an immediate corollary of their results on the dilation of Markov operators, a subject in operator spaces/algebras, they disproved the famous asymptotic quantum Birkhoff conjecture in QI. This example shows that operator spaces/algebras can provide efficient tools and fresh insights to QI. Conversely, QI can provide many problems to operator spaces/algebras. We firmly believe that this workshop will greatly stimulate the interaction between the two fields and the cooperation between the two communities. A good number of young participants (including fresh PhD and PhD students). One fifth of talks were given by PhD students. This workshop will certainly have an impact on their research. Many new contacts appeared in the workshop, especially those between the participants from the two fields mentioned before. This will impact the development in both fields.

Quanhua Xu Professor
Laboratoire de Mathematiques, Universite de Franche-Comte