International Society for Relativistic Quantum Information

The International Society for Relativistic Quantum Information (ISRQI) provides a platform for inter-disciplinary research on the interface of relativity, gravity and quantum theory, involving modern concepts of information theory. The goal is to address fundamental questions, such as how quantum theory and gravity work together. Special emphasis is placed on possible experimental verification. ISRQI has a special concern for young people entering the field.

News

Welcome to the new ISRQI website!

We are proud to launch our new ISRQI website, providing a platform to foster international collaboration, during and beyond the ongoing pandemic. Over the next year we will be moving all our activities online, freely accessible to ISRQI members. The new website includes the following features:

  • membership registration and accounts;

  • participation and management of events.

The link for our website is http://www.isrqi.net/

The kick-off event will be the online conference RQI-North 2020. All the necessary information regarding RQI-North 2020 is provided on site. Registered ISRQI members will be able to register for RQI-North 2020, and will be able to submit a title and abstract to be considered for presentation. There are no registration fees.

A special effort will be made to have a fair representation of ISRQI members across career stages and gender. In order to implement this, we will need your help. When signing up for ISRQI membership, we are asking for some demographic information, which will be used for statistical purposes only. The ISRQI statistics will help us to organise ISRQI seminars, colloquia and conferences in a fair manner reflecting the composition of the ISRQI community.

Come and join us, and please do forward our email to potentially interested colleagues and group members!

Best Regards,

The ISRQI Board

RQI-N 2020 CANCELLED because of the COVID Pandemic

The 11th conference on Relativistic Quantum Information (North) in Chania, Greece is cancelled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The conference was scheduled from July 6th to July 10th 2020.

13th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI13) Announced

The 13th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI13) will be held at Customs House in Brisbane (Australia) on the 19th - 20th of February 2020. See the conferences section for more details

Conferences

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RQI-North 2020 (virtual)

Online version of the yearly meeting of the Relativistic Quantum Information Society.

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RQI-North-10 (Tainan City, Taiwan)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2019 (May 29th-June 1st, 2019) at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan

The Relativistic Quantum Information – North 2019 Conference at the National Cheng Kung University, in Taiwan is held under the auspices of the International Society for Relativistic Quantum Information and is the tenth in the series of such meetings taking place in the Northern Hemisphere. This workshop series aims to bring together researchers working across quantum information science, quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and quantum gravity.

This year there will also be a Summer school happening right before the conference, May 27-28.

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RQI-South-12

12th Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information

The 12th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI12) will take place at Customs House in Brisbane (Australia)on the 20th-22nd of February 2019. For more information about the workshop please contact Tim Ralph.

RQI-North-9 (Vienna, Austria)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2018 (September 24th-27th, 2018) at the University of Vienna

The Relativistic Quantum Information – North 2018 Conference at the University of Vienna is held under the auspices of the International Society for Relativistic Quantum Information and is the ninth in the series of such meetings taking place in the Northern Hemisphere. This workshop series aims to bring together researchers working across quantum information science, quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and quantum gravity.

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RQI-North-8 (Kyoto, Japan)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2017 (July 4th-7th, 2017) Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University

The Relativistic Quantum Information North (RQIN) 2017 workshop is hosted by and held at the Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Japan. This workshop, under the auspices of the International Society of Relativistic Quantum Information, is the eighth in a series of international workshops held previously in Taiwan in 2010, Spain in 2011, Canada 2012, UK 2013, South Korea 2014, USA 2015 and Canada in 2016. These workshops have been the single most important platform in the field of Relativistic Quantum Information in the Northern Hemisphere. The aim of the 2017 Kyoto workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary community at the interface of quantum information science and technology on one side and the general relativistic quantum field theory on the other side. The workshop will feature talks and discussions about new mathematical techniques as well as about opportunities for experimental advances, both for finding quantum gravity effects and applications of relativistic quantum information methods for quantum technologies. This conference will provide an ideal setting for the communities of researchers in gravity, quantum field theory, quantum information and even metamaterials to meet and to share their expertise and to develop new collaborations. Topics that will be covered at the workshop include relativistic effects in quantum information theory and quantum information processing, quantum optics, implementations in quantum metrology as well as more fundamental topics.

Organizers:

D. Ahn (University of Seoul), M. Hotta (Tohoku University), S.-Y. Lin (National Changhua University of Education), Y. Nambu (Nagoya University), T. Takayanagi (YITP, Kyoto University), I. Tsutsui (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, KEK), B. Yoshida (Perimeter Institute),Y. Watanabe (YITP, Kyoto University)

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RQI-South-10 (Brisbane, Australia)

10th Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI10)

The 10th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI10) took place at Customs House in Brisbane (Australia) on the 28th-30th of November 2016.

RQI-North-7 (Waterloo, Canada)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2016 (Jun 21-24, 2016). Institute for Quantum Computing

We are pleased to announce that the yearly international conference RQI-N 2016. The Relativistic Quantum Information North (RQI-N) Conference, hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), will bring together an interdisciplinary community of researchers at the interface of quantum information science and relativity.

RQI-N conferences have been the single most important platform in the field of relativistic quantum information. This field has recently received much attention for a series of breakthroughs in applying the methods of quantum information to fully relativistic field theory. Conversely, the design of new methods in quantum information science has been inspired by the tools developed to study the flow of information in the context of relativity.

Please keep an eye on the website board for updates. Organizers: Achim Kempf, Robert B. Mann, Eduardo Martin-Martinez

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RQI-South-9 (Brisbane, Australia)

9th Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI9)

The 9th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI9) will be held at Customs House in Brisbane (Australia) on the 7th-8th of December 2015..

For more information about the workshop please contact Tim Ralph.

RQI-North-6 (Hanover, USA)

The conference RQI-N 2015 will be held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, during the dates July 5-8 2015.

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RQI-South-8 (Brisbane, Australia)

The 8th Relativistic Quantum Information Workshop (RQI8) will be held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane on the 2nd - 3rd of December 2014.

For more information about the workshop please contact Tim Ralph.

RQI-North-5 (Seoul, Korea)

Relativistic Quantum Information North 2014

The yearly Northern Hemisphere International Conference of the Relativistic Quantum information Community will be held this year in Seoul (Korea) from June 30th to July 3rd 2014.

Entanglement in Curved Spacetime

September 22-27, 2013

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RQI-North-4 (Nottingham, UK)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2013

June 24-26, 2013

University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom

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RQI-North-3 (Waterloo, Canada)

Relativistic Quantum Information - North 2012

June 25-28, 2012

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Waterloo, Canada

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RQI-South-5 (Brisbane, Australia)

5th Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQIW5)

28-29 Novemeber 2011

Customs House, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Relativity meets Entanglement and High Energy

13-15 September 2011

Imperial College, London, UK.

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RQI-North-2 (Madrid, Spain)

International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information North (RQI-N2)

5-7 September 2011

CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

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Madrid Meeting on Relativistic Quantum Information

20-22 June 2011

Central campus of the Spanish Scientific Research Council. Madrid, Spain.

RQI-South-4 (Brisbane, Australia)

Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQIW4)

22-24 Novemeber 2010

Customs House, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

RQI-North-1 (Hualien, Taiwan)

Relativistic Quantum Information North (RQI-N)

28-30 May 2010

National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan

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RQI-South-3 (Brisbane, Australia)

3rd Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information

10-11 December 2009

Customs House, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

RQI-South-2 (Brisbane, Australia)

2nd Annual International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information

24-25 November 2008

Customs House, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

RQI-South-1 (Brisbane, Australia)

International Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQIW)

15-16 November 2007

Customs House, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Quantum gravity and Quantum Information Workshop

14-17 December 2004

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

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How our society came into being by Bei-Lok Hu

On the tenth anniversary of ISRQI, the chair and co-chair, knowing that I was the chief architect in its design and establishment, asked me to write something about how our society came into being. ISRQI was inaugurated on June 1, 2010 in the first RQI-North conference held in Hualien, Taiwan, organized by S.-Y. Lin. I thought this might be a good thing, using this occasion to refresh our Society’s mission and goals, so younger researchers in this field can carry on to meet them as they scale new heights.

There are always two aspects in any international academic society. One is the discipline, the other is the people. First, the science: RQI has three major components, relativity, quantum and information, all of fundamental importance. We know the history of how impactful any two of these fundamental components come together: Special relativity and quantum mechanics lead to quantum field theory, whose validity is unquestionable and applicability universal. General relativity and quantum field theory lead to quantum field theory in curved spacetimes in the 70s. Information has long been a central issue in black hole quantum physics since the seminal papers of Bekenstein and Hawking in the early 70s. Semiclassical gravity in the 80s is the bedrock for further exploration of gravity, quantum fields and quantum information issues. Quantum information science took great leaps in the 90s both in theory and in experiments. For RQI, by the beginning of 2000 already there were papers exploring the special relativistic aspects of quantum information, notably the review by Peres and Terno. Quantum gravity has been for the past seven decades the holy grail of theoretical physics, drawing in talents from gravitation and mathematical relativity to particles-fields and string theory. It was enriched by new insights in AdS/CFT correspondence, gravity/gauge duality, strings, loops, networks, causets, and many other veins. Advances were brought about by the infusion of quantum information ideas, such as holography in the 90s and the Ryu-Takayanagi entanglement entropy formula in 2006. By mid-2000 it is clear that the confluence of these three fundamental disciplines is a destiny of theoretical physics. Channeling its force to further our understanding of Nature was the scientific motive for establishing an international society of RQI.

The second factor: the people. Seeing the future of where scientific research will go is extremely important, but not enough. We need to bring outstanding people in these three frontier fields together. A society with shared values and common goals, made up of people from different backgrounds and working experiences, can help to amplify each individual’s effort and further the impact of their joint endeavors. Thus, how to round up the right people to form a core group for the germination of an international society became the main task. Two groups are needed, one, the Advisory Board, providing long term scientific guidance, the other, the Council, responsible for legislative and executive functions. With fair geographical, disciplinary and gender representation, the council members elect the chair, co-chair, the secretary and another officer (treasury, membership etc.). My own background being in general relativity and quantum field theory, with some working experience in aspects of quantum information, makes it easy to identify the trusted people to serve in these respective capacities. E.g., Bill Unruh, my old classmate, in gravity and quantum fields, John Preskill and Seth Lloyd in quantum information, Gerard Milburn in quantum optics and Francesco Petruccione in open quantum systems, these are no brainers for the Advisory Board. For the executive branch, knowing Rob Mann’s organizational talent and Tim Ralph’s amazing skill in conducting the RQI workshop series at Queensland University, I know they would lead the society to a brilliant start. These were my thoughts around 2008, I had a design, a wish list. The real challenge was to sell this idea of an international society of RQI to people working on any two of these three disciplines, and get the renowned scientists and able leaders on board.

First RQI-N conference. Two necessary steps in the preparation for ISRQI were 1) to organize the first RQI conference in the northern hemisphere, 2) to coordinate with Tim Ralph, convince him to bring his base into this new international family. For 1) I discussed with S Y Lin (who visited me in 2008 when I spent March-June at the Perimeter Institute) about holding it in Taiwan in 2000. For 2), to consult our Australian colleagues working on quantum information at Queensland and Macquarie, I visited Sydney in late 2008 for the Peres School, then Brisbane in Dec. 2009 for Tim’s workshop. To organize an international meeting on RQI we need to invite as many representative working groups worldwide as possible, in addition to the already well-known researchers, say, in Australia, Canada, UK. So we tried to read up on all the relevant papers and identify whom to invite. That’s how we got to know, e.g., Juan Leon, and his outstanding graduate student Eduardo. The next question was: Where could we get enough funding to invite the key speakers? That’s when I suggested that we overlap one day with the IARD meeting organized by Prof. D. S. Lee at DongHua University, use the same conference site, so we can share the resources. The first RQI-N meeting went smoothly for two days. At the end we held a special session inviting all participants to discuss the plan for the establishment of ISRQI. [photos]. The year following that was occupied by busy work of invitations to the Advisory Board, the induction of research leaders into the Council, the election of the executive committee, the drafting of a constitution (still pending), and the planning of the following RQI-N meetings. The enthusiastic response from researchers worldwide was a clear indication that this interdisciplinary field is in accelerated expansion and it is timely to build an international platform for the advancement of this youthful science and the young scientists.

The two primary missions of ISRQI as I see them are, 1) With the rich prospect of this nascent field of great potential, formation of an international society can galvanize the many talents of researchers from a wide range of disciplines to accentuate the development of RQI; 2) Forming a society can provide a platform and a collective voice for young researchers working in this interdisciplinary field of fundamental value for their scientific and career advancements.

I am very happy to see our Society growing healthily in the last decade, with an expanding base, an increasing number of researchers, postdocs and graduate students actively involved in this field and groups to host the conferences. This is due in large part to the excellent work of the council members and the co-chairs of the successive terms in the last ten years. My heartfelt congratulations!

Prof. Bei-Lok Hu (University of Maryland)

Bei Lok Hu received his B.A. in 1967 from the University of California - Berkeley and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research interest spans gravitation theory, quantum fields and nonequilibrium physics.

ISRQI Board

Career Development

ISRQI training: opportunities for PhD and postdoc training

Institution Group First name Last name Position
University of Nottingham Black hole laboratory Silke Weinfurtner Professor
University of Waterloo Barrio RQI Eduardo Martin-Martinez Professor
University of Nottingham Relativistic quantum fields Jorma Louko Associate Professor

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