In the last years a growing attention has been dedicated to many body quantum systems from the point of view of quantum information. Indeed, after the initial investigation of simple systems as single or two qubits, the needs of understanding the characteristics of a realistic quantum information device leads necessary to the study of many body quantum systems. These studies are also driven by the very fast development of experiments which in the last years reach the goal of coherent control of a few qubits (ion traps, charge qubits, etc...) with a roadmap for further scaling and improvement of coherent control and manipulation techniques.
Also, new paradigm of performing quantum information tasks, such as quantum information transfer, quantum cloning and others, without direct control of the whole quantum system but using our knowledge of it has increased the need of tools to understand in details the behaviour of many body quantum system as we find them in nature. These new goals of the quantum information community lead to an unavoidable exchange of knowledge with other communities that already have the know-how and the insight to address such problems; for example the condensed matter, computational physics or quantum chaos communities. Applying known techniques and developing new ones from a quantum information perspective have already produced fast and unexpected developments in these fields. The comprehension of many body quantum systems ranging from few qubits to the thermodynamical limit is thus needed and welcome not only to develop useful quantum information devices, but it will lead us to a better understanding of the quantum world. In this conference we would like to give a wide overview of the results achieved in the last years and illustrate the open problems that have to be addressed in the next future of the quantum information of many body systems. Separate sessions will be dedicated to young scientist that are working or wish to enter in this field.
The workshop is partially supported by the University of Cambridge, the National University of Singapore, Scala (http://www.qubitapplications.com/default.asp).