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Quantum Alberta Workshop
13 May 2016

The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5

Sponsored by Canada National Defence, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge

Workshop steering committee: Paul Barclay, Saurya Das, John P Davis, Hooman Hosseinkhannazer, Lindsay LeBlanc, Barry Sanders.

One of the main objectives of QA2016 is to provide an opportunity for Alberta’s quantum and nano communities (including the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, government, and industry) to gather and strengthen the ties between us. Another major objective is to identify and highlight quantum-nano activities in Alberta related specifically to advancing quantum technologies.

Nanoscience and quantum science and technology encompass a broad set of research topics, which often intersect. As these fields continue to advance, it is expected that their impact and overlap with each other will grow. Quantum Alberta has five research theme as below.

  • Quantum foundations and quantum gravity
  • Quantum chemistry and multiscale modelling
  • Quantum materials
  • Quantum nanoscience and technology
  • Quantum optics and quantum information

Industry Participation

  • Microsoft
  • DWave
  • Norcada
  • Resolved Instruments
  • Quantum Silicon
  • Applied Nanotools


Invited talk : 35-minute talk followed by 10-minute discussion

Thursday, 12 May 2016(arrival for non-Calgary attendees)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Welcome reception Maclab Bistro
7:30 pm - Self-organized dinner

Friday, 13 May 2016

7:00am – 9:00am Breakfast (for attendees staying at Banff Center) Vistas Dining Room
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast( for attendees arriving on Friday) Maclab Bistro
8:00am – 9:30am Coffee & setting up posters KC 201
9:30am – 9:45am Barry Sanders opens KC 203
9:45am – 10:30am Invited speaker: John Martinis – Google/UCSB KC 203
10:30am – 11:15am Coffee & Posters KC 201
11:15am – 12:00pm Invited speaker: Mohammad Amin – D-Wave Systems KC 203
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Vistas Dining Room
1:30pm – 2:15pm Invited speaker: Nathan Wiebe – Microsoft Research KC 203
2:15pm – 3:00pm Invited speaker: Wolfgang Tittel – University of Calgary KC 203
3:00pm – 4:00pm Coffee & posters KC 201
4:00pm – 4:45pm Hot topics discussion KC 203
4:45pm – 5:00pm Wrap-up KC 203

Accomadation and Travel

Participants from Univeristy of Calgary: Travel costs will be reimbursed, assuming transportation is by carpooling or by bus.

Participants from Universities of Edmonton & Lethbridge: One-night accommodation (12 May 2016) will be provided. Please send the name list to Nancy Jing Lu latest by Friday 8 April 2016. Travel costs will be reimbursed, assuming transportation is by carpooling or by bus.

Non-Albertan Academic Participants: One-night accommodation (12 May 2016) will be provided. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to $500. Flights should be booked to Calgary, and shuttle or bus from Calgary to Banff.

Industry, Government, and other participants, or for extended stay: Please call the Banff Centre directly for your extended accommodation. They offer special rate for the period 3 days pre and post-event.

Shuttle Service:

Participants receive a 20% discount on the Banff Airporter for shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff Centre. This brings the price including GST to $50.83 One Way and $101.65 Return/person. Click www.banffairporter.com/book and proceed through the reservation and type “QA2016" in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention you are attending the Quantum Alberta Workshop.

Coffee Breaks and Meal

Breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch on 13 May 2016 will be provided. Please send your special dietary requirements to Nancy Jing Lu.

Poster Guidelines

To make a successful poster presentation:

  • Put your poster up at least 1/2 hour prior to the start of the poster session.
  • Please make your poster's size with maximum size 40"(wide) X 35" (tall) , and can be mounted easily with push pins.
  • Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, data collected, conclusion.
  • To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text.
  • Remove your poster immediately at the close of the poster session.


All reimbursement should be done within one month after the workshop. Please contact Nancy Jing Lu if you have any queries regarding your reimbursement.

  • If you drive your car, please save fuel receipts. Reimbursement will be for fuel used, not mileage.
  • If you use other method of transportation tool, please claim as per receipts.

Nancy Jing Lu's mailing address:
Institute for Quantum Science and Technology,
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW,
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

Many thanks to our sponsors:


Many thanks to industrial supporters:


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