Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Fault-Tolerant Quantum Technologies

2016, Aug 14 -- Aug 27

E. Campbell ( University of Sheffield )
D. Browne ( University College London )
M. Kastoryano ( Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen )

The fault-tolerant quantum technologies workshop will bring together researchers exploring different techniques for tackling noise in quantum devices for computing, communication, sensing and metrology. The workshop's goal is to accelerate development of new theoretical tools to improve the performance, efficiency and practicality of fault-tolerance protocols. The resulting theoretical work will help developers of quantum technology hardware to overcome challenges posed by decoherence.

The workshop will host a small number of morning talks reporting the latest advances while providing ample free time for researchers to exchange ideas and strike up new collaborations. The morning schedule of the first week will include invited talks (titles TBA) by:

- Sergey Bravyi (IBM, USA)
- Vadym Kliuchnikov (Microsoft, USA)
- Jay Gambetta (IBM, USA)
- Barbara Terhal (Aachen, Germany)
- Steve Flammia (Sydney, Australia)
- Hector Bombin (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Contributed talks accepted to date are:

Topological Subsystem Codes with High-Weight Stabilizers and Moderate Thresholds
Ben Criger and Barbara Terhal

Single-shot error correction with the gauge color code
Benjamin J. Brown, Naomi H. Nickerson and Dan E. Browne

Quantum noise spectroscopy
G. A. Paz Silva, L. M. Norris, L. Viola

Optimizing Gates for Large-Scale Linear-Optical Quantum Computation
H. Cable, M. Gimeno-Segovia, P. Shadbolt, and J. L. O'Brien

A decoding algorithm for proof-of-principle quantum error correction
James R. Wootton, Janos R. Winkler and Daniel Loss

A hypergroup stabilizer formalism
Juan Bermejo-Vega, Kevin Zatloukal

Quantum error correction with a bond loss model
Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, James M. Auger, Hussain Anwar, Tom Stace and Dan E. Browne

Generalized surface codes and packing of logical qubits in a planar lattice
Nicolas Delfosse, Pavithran Iyer and David Poulin

Efficient Large Block Codes Ancilla States Preparation for Fault-tolerant Quantum Computation
Yi-Cong Zheng, Ching-yi-Lai and Todd. Brun

Building anyon wavefunctions with tensor networks
Nick Bultinck, Michael Marien, Dominic Williamson, Mehmet Burak Sahinoglu, Jutho Haegeman, and Frank Verstraete

Improving the overhead of fault-tolerant quantum computation with magic state distillation
Joe O'Gorman and Earl Campbell

Resource cost of fault-tolerant quantum computing in hybrid quantum computers and linear-optical quantum computers
Ying Li, Peter C. Humphreys, Gabriel J. Mendoza, and Simon C. Benjamin

Submission for oral contributions

The workshop programme will consist of a limited number of contributed talks. These talks are intended to guide discussions and interactions, with most of the meeting being unscheduled and reserved for collaboration.

Submissions for talks should be sent here.

Deadline for talk submissions: 31st March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 4th April 2016

* Short abstract (maximum 1 page)
* You have to be registered before submit talks.

Benasque science center facilities

Bus transportation for participants will be organized by the CCBPP on select dates between Barcelona (including university and airport) and Benasque. The trip takes approximately 5,5 hours. Alternatively the trip by car takes approximately 3,5 hours. The CCBPP center can also be reached with public transportation, using buses that depart from Zaragoza's (4 hours) and Barcelona's (6 hours) high speed train stations. The CCBPP will assist in securing a number of affordable accommodation options including hotels and short-term apartment rentals. The registration fee (see below for details) covers the use of the CCBPP (offices, computers room, etc), the bus transportation, a coffee break every day, and a wine and cheese.

Accommodation bursary

Participants with restricted travel budgets can request partial support by emailing info@benasque.org. We will provide support solely through accommodation provisions, rather than travel costs. Typically, offered accommodation will be in shared apartments, so participants are invited to suggest individuals that they might share with. This accommodation bursary will only cover a limited number of participants, who might not otherwise be able to attend.


The workshop gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the Niels Bohr International Academy, Copenhagen, and UK quantum technology hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies.


Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is:

Before July 11After July 11
Regular250 eur.350 eur.
Student150 eur.250 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

Remember that your registration is complete only after the payment is made.

* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.
* Please, send a confirmation by e-mail to info@benasque.org.
* Please pay all bank charges
* Include as a subject in the transfer '2016ftqt Your_Surname'
* In the comments section include:
      Full name of the conference and your name.

Pay by credit card

Senior: Pay by credit card
Student: Pay by credit card

* You have to be registered.
* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.

*Cancellation Policy*
A 30 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus Transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra') at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. aproximatly. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, Aug 14.
- Benasque-Barcelona, Aug 27.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is June 20

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • logo CSIC
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


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