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nov. 11, 2019

At Hotel Château Bromont

Organizers :
     Éva Dupont Ferrier, Université de Sherbrooke
     Dave Touchette, Université de Sherbrooke

90, rue Stanstead, Bromont QC J2L 1K6
Téléphone : 1 800 304 3433

Note : The INTRIQ Business meeting (reserved for members) will be held in room "Salle des cantons" on November 11th from 9h30 to 10h30

Meeting program

November 11th

10h30 - 10h55  Registration

10h55 - 11h00  Opening remarks (Salon A)

11h00 - 11h45  Pr Frédéric Dupuis, Université de Montréal
                         Purely quantum polar codes 

11h45 - 12h05  Marco David, Student, McGill University
                         QED. The Quest to Formally Verify Mathematics

12h05 - 13h30  Lunch  (Dining room - 4 Canards)

13h30 - 14h15  Dr Louis Gaudreau, National Research Council (NRC) - Ottawa
                         Entanglement distribution via coherent photon-to-spin conversion in semiconductor quantum dot circuits

14h15 - 14h45  Dr Joel Griesmar, Université de Sherbrooke
                         A mesoscopic spectrometer based on the Josephson effect

14h45 - 15h15  Coffee break  (Salon B)

15h15 - 15h45  Dr Stephane Virally, Polytechnique Montréal
                          Quantum optics in the time domain 

15h45 - 16h25  Industry & Startups in quantum technologies
                              Dr Félix Beaudoin, Les Technologies Nanoacademic Inc (www.nanoacademic.com)
                              Dr David  Roy-Guay, SB Quantum (www.sbquantum.com)
                              Pr David Poulin, Microsoft (0pen positions at Microsoft)

16h25 - 17h00  Equity, diversity & inclusion (minutes and photos of the workshop)

17h00 -             Poster session with refreshments (Salon B)

19h30 -             INTRIQ dinner (Knowlton room)


November 12th

  8h30 -  9h00  Pr Anne Broadbent, Université d'Ottawa
                          Quantum encryption with certified deletion

 9h00 - 10h00  Dr Tomas Jochym-O'Connor, IBM - Yorktown Heights, New York
                        Disjointness in stabilizer codes

10h00 - 10h30  Coffee break (Salon B)

10h30 - 11h30 Pr Signe Seidelin, Institut NEEL CNRS/UGA
                        Rare-Earth Doped Crystals for strain-coupled optomechanics

11h30 - 12h00  Dr Erika Janitz, McGill University
                         Cavity-Enhanced Photon Emission from a Single Germanium-Vacancy Center in a Diamond Membrane

12h00 - 13h30  Lunch  (Dining room - 4 Canards)

13h30 - 14h00  Pr Jérôme Bourassa, Cégep de Granby
                         Quantum illumination : exploiting quantum correlations when entanglement is lost

14h00 - 14h30  Dr Thomas Baker, Université de Sherbrooke
                          Modeling superconducting circuits with a tensor network

14h30 - 15h00  Dr Anirban Chowdhury, Université de Sherbrooke
                          Simulating thermal physics on quantum computers

15h00 - 15h30  Questions and answers

15h30 - 15h40  Closing remarks

mai 29, 2019

Colloque scientifique au congrès de l'Acfas, mercredi le 29 mai 2019

L’information quantique : avancées fondamentales et possibilités technologiques

Organisateurs :
     Professeure Anne Broadbent, Université d'Ottawa
     Professeur Stéphane Kéna-Cohen, Polytechnique Montréal

janv. 8, 2019

CONFETI (CONFérence ÉTudiante de l'INTRIQ) is a yearly student conference sponsored by the INTRIQ. It attracts graduate students and post-docs in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering working on quantum computing related projects.

Where and when
The conference will take place on January 8-10, 2019 at the Hôtel Château Bromont in Bromont, Québec.

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juin 7, 2010
Posté par : Marc Leclair

Meeting de l'INTRIQ (Juin 2010)

Meeting de l'INTRIQ (7 - 8 juin 2010)


Manoir St-Sauveur


246 Chemin du Lac Millette
St Sauveur J0R 1R3, QC, Canada


Monday, June 7th

 9h00-10h00 Registration - Continental break
10h00-11h00 Alain Tapp: A computer scientist's perspective on non locality
11h00-12h00 Gilles Brassard: Quantum Foundations in the Light of Quantum Information

12h00-14h00 Lunch

14h00-15h00 Stefano Pironio: Device independent information processing: QKD and random number generation
15h00-15h30 Stéphane Virally Experiment in generation of entangled photons

15h30-16h00 Coffee break
16h00-17h00 Serge Massar: 1) Device independent information processing: coin tossing and bit commitment 2) Frequency Bin Entanglement.
17h00-19h00 Free time

19h00 Dinner
Tuesday, 8th

 8h30-9h30 Business meeting, members only (breakfast served)
 9h30-10h30 Anne Broadbent: QMIP=MIP* 10h30-11h00 Gabrielle Denhez: Error Correction With Superconducting Qubit
11h00-12h00 Marc Kaplan: Non-local box complexity and secure function evaluation

12h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h00 Peter Hoyer: Protocols for Non-locality Distillation
15h00-15h30 Louis Renaud-Desjardins: Théorème adiabatique et optimisation
15h30-16h00 Coffee break
16h00-16h30 Dave Touchette: Trade-off Capacities for Quantum Channels I: Dephasing, Cloning, and Unruh Channels
16h30-17h00 Mark M. Wilde: Trade-off Capacities for Quantum Channels II: Completing the Analogy between the Classical and Quantum Worlds

Gilles Brassard
Université de Montréal

Quantum Foundations in the Light of Quantum Information
Consider the two great physical theories of the twentieth century: relativity and quantum mechanics. Einstein derived relativity from very simple principles such as: “The speed of light in empty space is independent of the speed of its source” and “Physics should appear the same in all inertial reference frames”. By contrast, the foundation of quantum mechanics is built on a set of rather strange, disjointed and ad hoc axioms. Why is that? Must quantum mechanics be inherently less elegant than relativity? Or is it rather that the current axioms of quantum mechanics reflect at best the history that led to its discovery by too many people (compared to one person for relativity), over too long a period of time? The purpose of this talk is to argue that a better foundation for quantum mechanics lies within the teachings of quantum information science. We postulate that the truly fundamental laws of Nature concern information, not waves or particles. For example, it has been proven, from the current axioms of quantum mechanics, that “Nature allows for the unconditionally secure transmission of confidential information”, but “Nature does not allow for unconditionally secure bit commitment” (these are standard classical cryptographic primitives). For another example, nature is nonlocal but not as nonlocal as is imposed by causality. We propose to turn the table round, start from these theorems and possibly others, upgrade them as axioms, and ask how much of quantum mechanics they can derive. This provocative talk is meant as an eye-opener: we shall ask far more questions than we shall resolve.


Anne Broadbent
Institute for Quantum Computing &
Department of Combinatorics and Optimization
University of Waterloo

The way quantum information influences the power of multi-prover interactive proof systems is a long-standing open question. We make progress towards answering this question by showing that the entire power of quantum information in multi-prover interactive proof systems is captured by the shared entanglement and not by the quantum communication. More precisely, we show that that the class of languages recognized by quantum multi-prover interactive proof systems, QMIP, is equal to MIP*, the class of languages recognized by classical multi-prover interactive proof systems where the provers share entanglement. After the recent result by Jain, Ji, Upadhyay and Watrous showing that QIP=IP, our work completes the picture from the verifier's perspective by showing that also in the setting of multiple provers with shared entanglement, a quantum verifier is no more powerful than a classical one: QMIP=MIP*.


Gabrielle Denhez
Université de Sherbrooke

Error Correction With Superconducting Qubit
Most error correcting codes do not take into account the physical particularities of the system used as a qubit. I will discuss the possibility to adapt some error correcting codes to the physics of superconducting qubits. I will focus on the three qubit code using transmon, a particular kind of superconducting qubit. I will also talk about the four qubit code proposed in PhysRevA.56.2567 by Leug, Nielsen, Chuang and Yamamoto.


Peter Høyer
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary

Protocols for Non-locality Distillation
Popescu and Rohrlich proposed in 1994 a hypothetical nonlocal box (NLB) that attains the maximum value for the CHSH inequality without allowing for communication between two spatially separated parties, Alice and Bob. Their seminal work has have long-lasting impact on how we study quantum correlations and significantly increased our understanding of why certain correlations are not allowed by quantum physics.

A hypothesized world in which nonlocal boxes are available have profound implications. Van Dam showed that perfect nonlocal boxes imply trivial communication complexity for boolean functions, i.e. any boolean function may be computed by a single bit of communication between Alice and Bob. This was extended by Brassard, Buhrman, Linden, Méthot, Tapp, and Unger to include nonlocal boxes that work correctly with probability greater than 0.908. Pawlowski, Paterek, Kaszlikowski, Scarani, Winter, and Zukowski showed that all strategies that violate Tsirelson’s bound also violate the principle of information causality which states that the transmission of

n classical bits can cause an information gain of at most nbits. It is unclear if such results hold for all non-quantum correlations. Is the nonlocal box introduced by Popescu and Rohrlich a representative for all non-quantum correlations, or are there foundational differences between non-quantum correlations? In this talk, I will address these questions through the study of distillation of nonlocal boxes. A distillation process for nonlocal boxes takes a non-perfect nonlocal box and makes it more perfect. I will formalize this notion, prove the optimality of a distillation process for oblivious distillation processes, introduce a new distillation process that distill a class of non-perfect nonlocal boxes better than any previously known protocol, and present results on the possible non-existence of a single optimal distillation process for all non-perfect boxes.


Marc Kaplan
Laboratoire d'Informatique Théorique et Quantique
Université de Montréal

Non-local box complexity and secure function evaluation
A non-local box is an abstract device into which Alice and Bob input bits x and y respectively and receive outputs a and b respectively, wherea, b are uniformly distributed and the parity of a+b equals the product of x and y. Such boxes have been central to the study of quantum and generalized non-locality, as well as the simulation of non-signaling distributions. In this talk, we are interested in the number of non-local boxes that Alice and Bob need in order to compute a Boolean function f. We will show tight upper and lower bounds in terms of the communication complexity of the function both in the deterministic and randomized case. We will then show the applications of non-local box complexity to classical cryptography, in particular to secure function evaluation. We study the question posed by Beimel and Malkin of how many Oblivious Transfer calls Alice and Bob need in order to securely compute a function f. We will show how this question is related to the non-local box complexity of the function and conclude by greatly improving their bounds. Finally, another consequence of our results is that traceless two-outcome measurements on maximally entangled states can be simulated with 3 non-local boxes, while no finite bound was previously known.


Serger Massar
Laboratoire d'Informatique Quantique
Université libre de Bruxelles

1) Device independent information processing: coin tossing and bit Commitment.
2) Frequency Bin Entanglement.


Stefano Pironio
Laboratoire d'Informatique Quantique
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Device independent information processing: QKD and random number generation


Louis Renaud-Desjardins
Université de Montréal

Théorème adiabatique et optimisation
L’approximation adiabatique en mécanique quantique stipule que si on commence dans un état propre d’un système quantique déterminé par un Hamiltonien H(t) et que l’évolution est «assez» lente, alors on restera dans l’état propre instantané relié à H(t). Qu’est-ce qu’une évolution «assez» lente? Le critère de lenteur introduit par Born et Fock en 1928 a changé récemment parce que qu’il n’était pas valide pour toutes les situations, notamment un spin dans un champ magnétique constant tournant à vitesse constante. Le nouveau critère sera expliqué pendant la conférence.

Par après, une méthode pour maximiser le résultat de l’approximation adiabatique sera présentée. Avec un Hamiltonien initial connu, un Hamiltonien final connu et un temps d’expérience fixé, cette idée permet d’avoir un test pour déterminer quelle évolution de l’Hamiltonien sera optimale. On utilise un développement variationnel qui s’inspire du calcul variationnel en mécanique classique pour obtenir ce résultat.


Alain Tapp
Laboratoire d'Informatique Théorique et Quantique
Université de Montréal

A computer scientist's perspective on non locality
In this introduction talk I will present the most important aspects of non locality, pseudo- telepathy and quantum communication complexity. This will be done with a computer scientist’s perspective and I will not assume any knowledge of the field. I will also introduce the non local boxes.


Dave Touchette
McGill University

Trade-off Capacities for Quantum Channels I: Dephasing, Cloning, and Unruh Channels
An important goal in quantum information theory is to determine the maximum rates at which a sender can transmit information reliably over a noisy quantum channel. In this first talk, we begin by introducing the notion of classical capacity, quantum capacity, entanglement-assisted capacity, and trade-off capacity. The computation of information transmission rates requires an optimization over arbitrarily many parallel uses of a channel and is generally intractable. We show that the computation of a trade-off capacity is tractable for a certain class of channels known as the Hadamard channels. Three natural subclasses of these channels are generalized dephasing channels, cloning channels, and Unruh channels. We can parametrize the trade-off capacity region for these channels, and we find that a carefully chosen coding strategy beats the naive time-sharing strategy. We finally introduce a measure to quantify this improvement.
Joint Work with Kamil Bradler, Patrick Hayden and Mark M. Wilde


Stéphane Virally
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Experiment in generation of entangled photons


Mark M. Wilde
McGill University

Trade-off Capacities for Quantum Channels II: Completing the Analogy between the Classical and Quantum Worlds
A quantum channel has many different capacities for communication, depending upon the type of information that a sender wishes to transmit to a receiver and whether the parties possess assisting resources. For example, a given information processing task could generate or consume the following noiseless resources in addition to many uses of the noisy channel: public classical communication, private classical communication, secret key, quantum communication, and entanglement. An interesting optimization question then arises for future "quantum telephone companies": How can we optimally trade these resources with each other for a given quantum channel? In this second talk, we do not answer the full question for all five resources, but instead discuss two different but related trade-off questions. We discuss trade-off formulas and capacity regions for classical communication, quantum communication, and entanglement, and then discuss different but related formulas and capacity regions for public classical communication, private classical communication, and secret key. The result is a step toward a unifying picture of dynamic quantum Shannon theory. Finally, it is not too often that we can obtain a calculable formula for even a single type of capacity, but here we can compute and plot the full capacity regions for the aforementioned class of Hadamard channels and also for the erasure channels.

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