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The Thirteenth Annual

Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information

17-21 June 2013

Hosted by IQST at the University of Calgary.

Organizing Committee:

Barry Sanders (co-chair), Peter Høyer (co-chair), Wolfgang Tittel and Christoph Simon


The Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information is now in its 13th year and is proud to bring together students from Canada and other countries to learn about quantum information science. Past schools have been held in Toronto, Montral, Sherbrooke, Waterloo, Vancouver and Calgary. This annual summer school series focuses on educating select early-stage graduate students in a stimulating environment of lectures by world-leading researchers covering leading aspects of quantum information. The lecturers are known not only for being leaders in the field, but also for their strong didactic skills. The lecturers are drawn from the areas of computer science, mathematics, chemistry and physics.  

The goal of this summer school is to provide introductory lectures on quantum information science to a general audience of graduate-level computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians.

The school consists of five consecutive days of talks that cover the basics of quantum information processing as well as more advanced topics, including quantum information theory, quantum algorithms and lower bounds, Implementations and models and quantum communication, nonlocality and interactions.

Schedule is available by clicking here.
Please note that all classes for the summer school will be held in ICT 121. Please refer to the campus map which can be found here.


Alexandre Blais, Université de Sherbrooke
"Quantum information Processing with Superconducting Circuit"

Dominic Berry, Macquarie University
"Elementary Quantum Algorithms"
"Techniques for Quantum Algorithms"
"Quantum Simulation Algorithms"

Nilanjana Datta, University of Cambridge
"Entropies and Information Theory Part 1: Shannon Entropy and Classical Information Theory"

Austin Fowler, The University of Melbourne
"Why use the Surface Code?"
"Anatomy of a Surface Code Algorithm"
"Modern Surface Code Research"

Ivette Fuentes, The University of Nottingham
"Relativistic Quantum Information"
"Technical tools in quantum information and quantum field theory"
"Entanglement in flat and curved spacetimes"
"Localized systems for relativistic quantum information processing"

Daniel Gottesman, Perimeter Institute
"Quantum Error Correction and Fault Tolerance"

Matteo Mariantoni, University of Waterloo
"Superconducting Qubits"

Christoph Simon, University of Calgary
"Quantum Memories"
"Quantum Repeaters"
"Quantum Cryptography beyond Quantum Key Distribution"

Registration and Accommodation:

Registration fee for the Summer School is $50.00, which includes food-and-beverage reception, lunches, coffee breaks, access to all lectures, and limited accommodation for out-of-towners on a first-come-first-serve basis according to date of registration. Please go here to register by 13 May 2013 at the latest and earlier in order to be eligible for free accommodation. Please note the administrator will confirm that you have qualified for the accommodation. After making your registration payment via PayPal, please use the transaction ID in registration form.

Rooms have been set aside at the University of Calgary Rundle Hall of residence. The Traditional Dormitory, Rundle Hall includes: one or two single beds, desks, dressers and mini-fridge. Washroom and shower facilities are shared by gender with other guests on each floor. Basic daily housekeeping is provided. Linens will be changed every three days. Televisions and phones are not provided for these rooms. There is a TV in a common lounge on floors 2 through 7.

Additional details can be found at residence services' web page.


Participants are eligible to receive a 10% discount on all regular fares to Calgary with WestJet. To receive the reduced rate, call WestJet's Convention line at 1-888-493-7853  and provide the confirmation number CC7658.

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. There is also the option of public transit for the low cost of $2.75 (email the coordinator for detailed bus directions).

Other Events: Quantum Information Students' conference

All students who participate in the Summer School are strongly encouraged to attend the Conference as it presents an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow students. For more information about CQISC please go here.

As the Summer School and Conference are being held back to back, there will be an opening reception for the Summer School on Monday 17 June 2103 and a banquet to be held on Thursday 27 June 2013. There will also be an outing to take place on the weekend in-between the two events. All the more reason to attend both!


We welcome you to CSSQI 2013! (CSSQI-video)

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Last updated June 13, 2014