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International conference at uOttawa to present breakthroughs and developments in quantum information

OTTAWA, June 6, 2011  —  As the leading optics and photonics research centre in Canada, the University of Ottawa is proud to host the 4th International Conference on Quantum Information. An emerging field, quantum information science is considered the next technological revolution.

The event, which runs June 6-8 at the University of Ottawa, will bring together key researchers, experts and academics from around the world to explore advances in quantum information science. Quantum information science is inextricably linked to optics and photonics, and it surpasses classical physics in its potential to increase functionality in cryptography, communications and computing.

The primary focus of the conference will be on three areas of quantum information science: the key resource (entanglement), the key challenge (decoherence) and optical implementation methods (linear optics, cavity QED, ion traps, solid state, etc.). The three-day event will feature plenary sessions led by world-renowned scientists Serge Haroche, Paul Kwiat and Peter Zoller, as well as presentations and poster sessions from over eighty invited speakers from all over the world including Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Western Asia.

''I am quite pleased that the University of Ottawa is hosting this international conference on optical methods for quantum information,” said Robert Boyd, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa and conference program co-chair. “I see this as a significant event for the University of Ottawa, since many of the world's leading industry scientists will be in attendance and will be able to see first-hand the major commitment the University is making to photonics. I am very pleased and expect this to be a significant step toward making the Ottawa region the world's leading centre of photonics research.''

The University of Ottawa is home to an outstanding team of experts in the area of photonics and optics research, as evidenced by Professor Boyd’s recent selection as a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair. The University boasts state-of-the-art research facilities, and over the past several years, its distinctions have also included a Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering and eight Canada Research Chairs in photonics.

Access registration information and the program for the International Conference on Quantum Information

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

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