LMS Research School


Queen’s University Belfast, 5-9 September 2016

Organisers: Ivan Todorov (QUB) and Simone Severini (UCL)

Course outline:

In the past decade, progress on zero-error quantum information has not only strengthened the existing links with graph theory, but has also uncovered new and unexpected connections with operator algebras and optimisation. This has led to the formation of a new area on the crossroad of quantum computing, combinatorics, operator theory and mathematical programming. The purpose of the School is to introduce PhD students and young researchers to both its methods and problems, discussing topics such as zero-error capacities, graph entropy, quantum graph parameters, games for quantum players, quantum correlations, conic optimisation and communication complexity.


The three main lecture courses are:

·   Graphs and information theory (Andreas Winter, Barcelona/Bristol)

·   Non-commutative order in quantum games (Vern Paulsen, Waterloo)

·   Optimisation methods in quantum information theory, (Monique Laurent, Amsterdam/Tilburg and Jop Briët, Amsterdam)

The tutorials will be given by: 

Sabine Burgdorf (Amsterdam), Laura Mančinska (Bristol), Teresa Piovesan (Amsterdam), David Roberson (London), Giannicola Scarpa (Madrid).

The programme of the School is available here

All lectures will take place in room 0G.005 in the David Bates Building on Queen's University campus - number 10 on the map available here.


  • All research students will be charged a registration fee of £150.  There will be no charge for subsistence costs.

  • All early career researchers will be charged a registration fee of £250.  There will be no charge for subsistence costs.

  • All other participants (e.g. those working in industry) will be charged a registration fee of £250 plus the full subsistence costs (£400): £650 in total.

  • All UK-based participants must pay their own travel costs. For overseas-based participants, support will be available to contribute towards travel costs. 

Fees are not payable until a place on the course is offered but will be due by Friday 15 July.

Previous meetings:

Zero-error information, Operators, and Graphs, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona), 25-27 November 2015.

Operators, quantum information processing, and communication, UCL (London), February 11, 2015.

Instructional Conference on Capacity of Communication, QUB (Belfast), March 12, 2014.