Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Fault-Tolerant Quantum Technologies

2020, Aug 09 -- Aug 21

E. Campbell (University of Sheffield)
B. Terhal (QuTech, Delft)
S. Flammia (University of Sydney)

COVID-19: We have extended the submission deadline due to COVID-19, while we also consider the format and viability of the meeting. We plan to provide an update before the end of April.

The FTQT 2020 workshop will bring together researchers exploring different techniques for tackling noise in quantum computation, following up on the previous 2016 edition of FTQT. The workshop's goal is to accelerate the 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.

Topics of discussion include:

- understanding noise model details such as noise bias & qubit leakage;
- advances in decoder development & efficiency;
- LDPC codes;
- Bosonic/GKP codes.

The two-week workshop will have a light talk schedule with a small number of speakers, allowing plenty of time for collaborations and informal discussions. The programme will include invited talks form

- Nikolas Breuckmann (University College London)
- Ken Brown (Duke University)
- Elizabeth Crosson (University of New Mexico) - TBC
- Nicolas Delfosse (Microsoft)
- Leonardo DiCarlo (Delft University of Technology) - TBC
- Nicolas Menicucci (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) - TBC
- Marcus Mueller (University of Aachen)
- Naomi Nickerson (PsiQuantum)
- Shruti Puri (IBM)
- David Tuckett (University of Sydney)

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: 30th April 2020 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: 14th May 2020 (extended)

COVID-19: note the extended submission deadline.

* Short abstract (maximum 1 page)
* You have to complete the first registration step to submit a talk.

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 acknowledges funding from:

The European QuantERA project QCDA
(Quantum Code Design & Architecture)

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is:

Before Jul 01After Jul 01
Regular300 eur.350 eur.
Student200 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 '2020ftqt 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 5 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 and then university, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, Aug 09.
- Benasque-Barcelona, Aug 21.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is Jun 10

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • Ministerio de ciencia, innovación y universidades
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • logo CSIC
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


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