September 20 – 22, 2018
Texas A&M University
Rudder 701

Registration Is Now Closed

Note: Workshop Registration does not register you for the Poster Session

If you would like to present a POSTER, please register by emailing Carrie Relles ( with the following information:

  • First name
  • Last Name
  • Affiliation
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number


The interdisciplinary science of quantum computation has seen rapid development over the last 25 years, encouraged by fundamental progress in computer science, mathematics and physics.  Several disparate computation schemes have emerged, including the quantum circuit model, topological quantum computers and quantum annealing machines, contributing to the astonishing breadth of research disciplines with applications to quantum information science.

This workshop will bring together researchers in this quantum information science from physics, computer science and mathematics to provide an overview of the field to interested scientists, discuss the current state of the science, and inspire the next generation of researchers to pursue this topic.  The lectures will include one introductory lecture on major themes per day, followed by more technical presentations of the most current directions.


Note: It will be supported in part by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) through it’s Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support personnel’s travel to this conference.


Workshop Organizers:

Eric Rowell, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Andreas Klappenecker, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University

Zhenghan Wang, Principal Researcher, Quantum Computing and Technology,  Microsoft Research

Bei Zeng, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Guelph



Invited Speakers:

*Scott Aaronson, David J. Burton Centennial Professor of Computer Science,  University of Texas
Quantum Supremacy and Its Applications

*Siu-Hung (Richard) Ng, Professor, Department of Mathematics, LSU
“On a Burnside¹s theorem of spherical fusion categories”

*Helmut Katzgraber, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University
“Quantum-driven Classical Optimization”

*Robert Calderbank, Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science, Duke University
“Developing a Binary Control Plane for a Quantum Computer”

*Steve Simon, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
“Edge Dynamics of Abelian and Non-Abelian Quantum Hall States: New Constraints from Bulk-Edge Correspondence”

*Xingshan CuiAssistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
“Generalized Symmetries and Structure of Modular Categories”

*Fiona Burnell, Assistant Professor, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota
Abstract Pending

*Parsa Bonderson, Senior Researcher, Theoretical Physics, Microsoft Research
“How to Identify Topological Phases”

*Fang Song, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
“Pseudorandom Quantum States”

*Anna Vershynina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Houston
“Data Processing Inequality and the Stability of the Recovery Map”

*João Faria Martins, Lecturer in Algebra, Department of Pure Mathematics, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
“Topological Phases Derived from Discrete Higher Gauge Theory and Representations of the Loop Braid Group”

*Jon Yard, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
“SIC-POVMs and explicit class field theory”

* Indicates Confirmed


Thursday, September 20, 2018 (Rudder 701)

8:30-9:30      Registration/Breakfast
9:30-10:20    Scott Aaronson
10:30-11:20   Steve Simon
11:30-1:00     Lunch (Rudder 707)
1:00-1:50       Fiona Burnell
2:00-2:50      Parsa Bonderson
3:00-3:15       Break (Room 707)
3:15-4:05       Siu-Hung (Richard) Ng
4:15-4:45       Discussion

5:30                Dinner with Speakers at Poppy (Invitation Only)

Friday, September 21, 2018 (Rudder 701)

8:30-9:30      Check-in/Breakfast
9:30-10:20    Robert Calderbank
10:30-11:20   Anna Vershynina
11:30-1:00     Lunch (Rudder 707)
1:00-1:50       Helmut Katzgraber
2:00-2:50     Xingshan Cui
3:15-4:15       Poster Session (Room 707)

Public Speaker (Blocker Room 150)

5:00-5:30      Reception/Break (Blocker)
5:30-6:20      Steve Simon, University of Oxford
                        Knots, World-Lines, and Quantum Computation

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (Rudder 701)

8:30-9:00      Check-in/Breakfast
9:00-9:50      Joao Faria Martins
10:00-10:50  Fang Song
11:00-11:50   Jon Yard
12:00-12:30  Discussion


Specific topics will include:

  • Quantum Algorithms

  • Universal Quantum Computation

  • Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computers

  • Quantum Error-Correction

  • Topological Quantum Computation Protocols