QUROPE Workshop
Quantum/Classical Control in Quantum Information


Experimental advances in manipulating individual quantum objects have lately lead to laboratory demonstration of the basic building blocks for quantum computing – quantum bits (qubits) and quantum gates –, and even to the development of commercial systems for practical quantum communication.

However, despite the rapid progress on both the experimental and the theoretical side, it is fair to say that, as of today, no one knows how to build a practical quantum computer. Coupling to a real environment causes unavoidable decoherence in any system’s logical degrees of freedom, degrading the performance of each and every gate operation.

The main open challenge is a practical one – will the necessary fidelity ever be reached in practice for elementary operations, and maintained while scaling up qubit number and system complexity?

One feature is common to all candidate QIP implementations: the need for an extremely accurate control of the quantum dynamics at the individual level, with much better precision than has been achieved before. Quantum Control theory is a very powerful set of methods developed over the last decades to optimize the time evolution of a broad variety of complex systems. The basic underlying idea is to pick a specific path in parameter space to perform a specific task.

The development of theoretical methods, specifically suited for controlling quantum information processing systems, their experimental realization and the exploration of new areas of application, also for quantum communication purposes, and of currently open problems constitute the subject of this workshop.

It is intended to give the maximum visibility to young promising scientists as invited speakers.

The workshop is developed in one full week with arrival at the site the afternoon of Saturday September 13, 2008 and leaving on Saturday September 20 before 10:00 am.
The site of the workshop is the Grand Hotel Club Daniela, near Otranto, south of Italy on the Adriatic cost of Salento in the Puglia region.

The maximum number of active participants is fixed to 100.

We suggest to bring companions in order to strengthen not only the scientific collaboration but also the friendship among the QIPC people.