The Canadian Quantum Information Students' Conference (CQISC) is the annual conference run by and for graduate students from Canada and around the world. Students from a variety of backgrounds including physics, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering are encouraged to attend. The conference is held over five days and all delegates are encouraged to present a 20 minutes talk or contribute a poster on their area of expertise. CQISC increases and strengthens networking between quantum information research centres by bringing together students from a wide range of disciplines and universities.
The first conference was held in 2004 at l’Université de Montréal, and the second and third were hosted by the University of Calgary. The fourth conference occurred at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo and the fifth held once again at l’Université de Montréal. Last year, the Fields Institute in Toronto hosted the sixth, and now the conference returns to the University of Calgary for the seventh annual.
This year, to enhance professional development, we have invited two guest lecturers with established careers in the field of quantum information, Dr. Iranschko from TRLabs and Dr. Simon from university of Calgary. Their talks will be directed on relaying personal experiences that lead to their current success in their respective career lines.
A portion of the CQISC'10 will also serve as the second annual Alberta Quantum Nano-Optics (QuNO) 2010 meeting. QuNO is a student organized events focused on optics based research. The goal is to have a gathering of graduate students to communicate on theoretical and experimental technical tools with the intentions of sharing skills that would be constructive for day-to-day research. To achieve this goal, QuNO is structured in a workshop type format and here is a sample talk.
QuNO'10 will be a day long event integrated into CQISC'10, with the talks held on that day mostly relating to quantum and nano based optics research. Please indicate in the registration form, if you are interested in presenting a talk during QuNO'10.
Registration and Accommodation:
Registration is free and if you are a student from outside Calgary, you can request for six nights shared accommodation (Sunday to Friday) at the University of Calgary Rundle Hall residence (traditional dormitory rooms). There is a maximum of 40 spaces available and priority is given to students presenting a talk or poster. To register, simply fill out the registration form and please specify the dates for which you need accommodation. You will be notified mid-May if your accommodation will be covered. Registrants who are not offered housing are still welcome to attend the conference and the banquet, but will have to provide their own accommodation. Additional details can be found at residence services' web-page
- Accommodation Registration Deadline : 29 April 2010
- Abstract Deadline: 10 May 2010
- Notification Date for Accommodation: Beginning of May
- Conference Date: 12-16 July 2010
Delegates will receive a 10% discount on all regular fares to Calgary with WestJet. To receive the reduced rate, call WestJet's Convention line at 1-877-952-4696 (Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm , Mountain Standard Time) and provide the confirmation number CC6406.
Several forms of ground transportation are available from the Calgary International Airport to University of Calgary residence (see map). Taxi fare from the airport to the university usually costs about $40. Shuttle service is also available. Adventurous souls with time to spare may also consider taking public transit for the low cost of $2.75 (email the coordinator for detailed bus directions).
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Other Events and Activities:
- Calgary Stampede The conference is happening during the greatest outdoor show on earth, Calgary Stampede!!!
- Outing Watch for more information to come.
- Banquet Watch for more information to come.
- The Tenth Annual Canadian Quantum Information Summer School Delegates are encouraged to attend the Tenth Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information taking place at UBC immediately after the students' conference on July 17-30 2010.
- Other Activities Delegates will find a wealth of activities around Calgary to enjoy over the weekend, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, rafting, climbing, caving, and base jumping. Please do not hesitate to send any questions or comments to the the conference coordinator.
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