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Topological Quantum Information

16 May 2011 - 17 May 2011

This event is part of an intensive research period:
Knots and Applications.


The objectives of this workshop are to facilitate better communication in this field by bringing together the many diverse groups of quantum information scientists and topologists currently working on topological information science, and to isolate and to delineate the key issues involved in ultimately building a quantum computer based on a quantum system with inherently built-in topological obstructions to decoherence. Some examples of some of the topics discussed in this workshop are: Unitary representations of the braid group derived from recoupling theory and topological quantum field theory; implementations of quantum systems based on anyons, especially those based on the fractional quantum Hall effect; the application of quantum knots and quantum braids to the design and analysis of quantum systems with built-in topological obstructions to decoherence; the application of topological invariants to the design and analysis of quantum systems with topological obstructions to decoherence, the design and analysis of quantum error avoiding codes; the quantum computation of topological invariants, such as for example the Jones polynomial and Khovanov homology; applications of category theory in quantum information.

This event is part of the 3-month intensive research period program on “Knots and Applications”, that takes place at the Centro di Ricerca Matematica "Ennio De Giorgi" of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, and that is organised in collaboration with INdAM

Invited Speakers

Samson Abramsky, Oxford U., UK
Dorit Aharonov*, Hebrew U., Israel
Padmanabhan K. Aravind, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Alioscia Hamma, Perimeter Institute, Canada
Louis H. Kauffman, U. Illinois Chicago, USA
Greg Kuperberg, U. California at Davis, USA
Samuel J. Lomonaco, U. Maryland Baltimore County, USA
John Myers, Harvard U., USA
Jiannis Pachos, U. Leeds, UK
Vincenzo Tamma, U. Maryland Baltimore County, USA

* To be confirmed

Participants wishing to contribute a talk are encouraged to submit title and abstract to Lou Kauffman at or to Sam Lomonaco at The local expenses of speakers will be covered by the organization.


All prospective participants and attendees are kindly requested to register here before 11 May, 2011.

Financial Support

Prospective participants should seek grant/university support towards travel expenses from local sources. Limited funding towards participant local expenses may be provided by CRM and INdAM upon application.

Request of Financial Support

Qualified junior participants and prospective attendees are invited to submit their request of financial support towards local expenses by sending their CV and list of publications to or to before 13 April, 2011.


Publicize this Event: Please notify this event in your Department/Research Unit by downloading and posting the attached poster; please click here to download it.


All lectures, oral contributions and posters will be held in the lecture room Aula Dini (via del Castelletto 11 Pisa) that is at only 2 minutes walk from Centro De Giorgi.

Practical information

How to Get There: From outside Pisa to CRM, read the instructions here

Shopping times and holidays

Typical shopping times are 8:30-12:30 and 15:30-19:30. National holidays: 1 May, 2 June, 17 June