Category Archives: Talks

Foundations of randomness, Day 3

Last day! Wednesday started with a bang. Yevgeniy Dodis spent the whole Tuesday evening (our workshop dinner at Lanzerac!) complaining that we weren’t leaving him enough time to prepare for his talk…only to spend an equal amount of time during his talk … Continue reading

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Foundations of randomness, Day 2

Back to the fundamentals of randomness and our workshop in Stellenbosch – I want to discuss the remaining two days of talks! The second day started off with a whirlwind tour of the TCS approach to pseudo-randomness by David Zuckerman. David surveyed … Continue reading

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Foundations of randomness, remainder of Day 1

Today I will cover the remaining talks from the first day of the workshop. Valerio’s opening talk was followed by a stimulating blackboard talk by Renato Renner, who asked the question “Is the existence of randomness an axiom of quantum … Continue reading

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Foundations of randomness, Day 1: Scarani

As mentioned in the previous post, a highlight of the project I participated in over the past five weeks was the three-day workshop that we organized at STIAS towards the end of October. The purpose of the workshop was to … Continue reading

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Workshop on hypercontractivity and log-Sobolev inequalities in quantum information theory

A couple weeks ago I attended the workshop on “Hypercontractivity and Log Sobolev Inequalities in Quantum Information Theory” organized by Patrick Hayden, Christopher King, Ashley Montanaro and Mary Beth Ruskai at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS). BIRS holds 5-day … Continue reading

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Quantum marginals

As I mentioned in the last post, last week Mathias Christandl, Michael Walter and Andreas Winter were organizing a workshop entitled “Quantum Marginals” as part of the semester-long programme Mathematical Challenges in Quantum Information at the Newton Institute. In his introductory talk Michael emphasized that … Continue reading

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A quantum PCP theorem?

The first day of the Simons workshop on quantum Hamiltonian complexity brought us two talks on the quantum PCP conjecture. In the first, Dorit Aharonov gave an overview of the conjecture and its relevance for physics, and she discussed recent … Continue reading

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