19-21 OCTOBER , 2016

The second edition of the international conference for Young Quantum Information Scientists (YQIS) will be held in Barcelona. Quantum Information Science, through its interdisciplinary nature and the variety of backgrounds it involves, offers the possibility of fruitful cross-disciplinary collaborations. To this end, the YQIS conference will gather PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world, and provide them with a great opportunity to exchange about their work, to present their advances and to create a solid research network for the future.


About YQIS

Quantum information has been developing for a few decades, and is now a broad research field. It has been and will be a source of significant scientific and technological progress. The quantum information community stands out for its cross-disciplinary nature, bringing together physicists, mathematicians, chemists and computer scientists. In that context, exchange between researchers is of great importance.

The YQIS conference was initiated by Alain Aspect (Institut d’Optique Graduate School) and Sébastien Tanzilli (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis). The first edition took place in November 2015 in Paris []. It is made by young researchers for young researchers. The second edition will adopt the same format. By devoting most of the time to contributed talks and poster sessions, it puts the young researchers at the center of the conference, and allows them to interact in a casual environment. It will be completed by three invited talks delivered by internationally recognized experts of our field, and a closing talk about publishing in science.

The YQIS conference will include all aspects of quantum information science, ranging from the foundations of quantum information to applied quantum systems, and will encompass both the theoretical and the experimental sides of the field.

The sessions are to cover the following thematics: quantum foundations, quantum correlations and networks, condensed matter and many-body systems, quantum thermodynamics and open systems, quantum metrology, quantum communication and cryptography, quantum simulation and computation, and technologies for quantum information processing.

About AXA Research Fund

Support scientific discoveries and their dissemination
As an insurer, it is part of AXA’s corporate responsibility to be involved in building knowledge on risks in order to better prevent them and, if they do occur, to better protect people against their consequences.

This knowledge is first produced by AXA experts using field data and in-house analysis. Nevertheless, in an increasingly changing world, our societies cannot rely solely on the past to explain the future, nor can we merely adapt existing models incrementally.

The AXA Research Fund supports independent academic research to challenge historical consensus in areas associated with environmental, life and societal hazards to understand the current reality of such risks.
Today’s research will help better protect tomorrow.

Thanks to a robust academic selection process, the AXA Research Fund aims both at supporting top-tier researchers all over the world and promoting the dissemination of their discoveries in the public debate.

It provides researchers with the means and the freedom to complete their work successfully, so that they feel encouraged both to explore new avenues and to popularize their work for the benefit of society.

Help researchers to nurture public debate
Support by the AXA Research Fund goes beyond funding. AXA also provides its corporate networks and communication resources to help supported scientists go one step further in sharing their knowledge with a broader audience, thus empowering them to actively inform public debate on risks threatening our societies. In this perspective, popularization workshops and academic events are regularly organized.

The AXA Research Fund’s Books of Knowledge provide a readily accessible and concrete introduction to the work of supported researchers in order to ease their contact with risks experts, decision makers and the media.

This scientific philanthropy initiative is a major component of AXA’s commitment to better protect people against risks.

About ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences was created in 2002 by the government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia as a center of research excellence devoted to the science and technologies of light with a triple mission: to conduct frontier research, train the next generation of scientists, and provide knowledge and technology transfer. Today, it is one of the top research centres worldwide in its category as measured by the Mapping Scientific Excellence ranking.

Research at ICFO targets the forefront of science and technology based on light with programs directed at applications in Health, Renewable Energies, Information Technologies, Security and Industrial processes, among others. The institute hosts 300 professionals based in a dedicated building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Researchers at ICFO publish in the most prestigious journals and collaborate with a wide range of companies around the world. The institute runs a vigorous technology transfer program in which more than 30 national and international industries participate. It has also created 5 spin-off companies to date. The institute is generously supported by Cellex Foundation Barcelona, which supports several frontier research projects and programs focused on young talented researchers.

In 2011 ICFO was awarded with the highly prestigious Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence distinction as a world-class research institution in the country by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain. Four years later, the institute has earned the renewed support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation with its second Severo Ochoa distinction for the period 2016-2019.





    Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
    Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    CWI - Centrum Voor Wiskunde en Informatica
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    Delft University of Technology


    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
    ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences


    ETH Zürich
    University of Bristol
    D-Wave Systems


8:30 – 9:15 REGISTRATION
9:30Morgan Mitchell
Colin Williams
D-Wave’s Approach to Quantum Computing: 1000-qubits and Counting!
9:45Thomas Galley:
A complete classification of all alternatives to the Born rule in terms of informational properties
10:10Leonardo Disilvestro:
A histories framework for contextuality and quantum computation
10:30 Arthur Larrouy:
Quantum metrology based on a Scrödinger-cat state Rydberg atom

Martin Hebenstreit:
Performance of compressed quantum computation
10:35Justyna Łodyga:
Measure-independent conditional uncertainty principle
10:55Manuel Unternährer:
Coincidence detection of spatially correlated photon pairs with a new type of monolithic time-resolving detector array
Tobias Chasseur:
Advances on Randomized Benchmarking of Quantum Gates
11:00Jedrzej Kaniewski:
Analytic and (early optimal self-testing bounds for the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt and Mermin inequalities
11:20Coffee breakCoffee break11:25 Coffee break
11:45Emanuele Distante:
Storage and retrieval of a single photon emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state
Jonas Helsen: Multiqubit Randomised Benchmarking Using Few SamplesAlex Jones:
Distinguishability and many-particle interference
12:10Paul Erker:
Quantifying high dimensional entanglement with cameras and lenses
Maria Maffei:
Exploring topological phases with photonic quantum walks
Irénée Frérot:
Quantum variance : a measure of quantum coherence and quantum correlations in many-body systems.
12:35Christian Gogolin:
Constructing absolute maximally entangled states and optimal quantum error correcting codes
Alexey Tiranov:
Certification of multiphoton entanglement stored in a quantum memory
Piero Naldesi:
Detecting many-body mobility edge with quantum quenches
14:30Sandu PopescuFrancesco Vedovato:
Satellite Quantum Communications: experimental results and implications
Bastian Hacker:
Realization of a photon – photon quantum gate based on cavity QED
14:55Mauro Pereschino:
On-chip detection and modulation for CV-QKD
Sarah Thomas:
Storage of Nanosecond Heralded Single Photons in a Cavity-Enhanced Room-Temperature Broadband Quantum Memory
15:20Markos Karasamanis:
Practical Quantum Retrieval Games
Lidia del Rio
15:30Coffee break
15:45Coffee break
15:50Elisa Baumer:
Quantum Fluctuations of Work and Generalised Quantum Measurements
16:10Alasdair Price:
Practical Integration of Quantum Key Distribution with Next-Generation Networks
Closing talk
16:15Jiri Maryska:
Gibbs-like asymptotic states of quantum markov chains
16:35Jeremy Ribeiro:
Device-independent Two-Party Cryptography with memoryless devices and application to Quantum Position Verification
16:40Ying Dong:
Quantum Thermodynamics Based on Optomechanical System
17:00 – 18:00Poster sessionPoster session


The deadline for registration and payment is 23 September 2016. The fee for registration is 60€ and includes the conference dinner.

The capacity of the auditorium is limited to 200 people. Once this limit is reached, the registration will be closed. We are sorry to announce that the requests for travel support are now over.


The deadline for submission is August 5th 2016. The acceptance will be notified on September 9th 2016.


Here are two suggestions of hotels close to the auditorium. You can also find cheaper options in hostels close by. Given that the auditorium is well connected to the rest of Barcelona, you can also book an accommodation in a different neighborhood of the city.

    Castellnou, 61 – 08017 Barcelona
    Booking: + 34 93 203 05 50
    Single room: 160€ (Breakfast included) 
    Double room: 170€ (Breakfast included) 
    Promotional code: Young quantum 
    C/ Fontcoberta, 4 – 08034 Barcelona
    Booking:  +34 932.037.112
    Single room: 115€  
    Double room: 115€
    Promotional code: Young quantum 



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