[PAST EVENT] Cissy Patterson Lecture: John Watrous (Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo)
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Title: The Mathematics of Quantum Information
Quantum mechanics is a physical theory that offers a description for how physical systems (particularly very small ones) behave. It is at once curious, counter-intuitive, and remarkably accurate. In this talk, I will discuss the theory of quantum information, which provides an
abstraction of the information-theoretic aspects of quantum mechanics. This abstraction forms the mathematical foundation of quantum information science, including quantum computation and quantum cryptography, which hold the potential for transformative changes in the way we process information. The theory of quantum information is also a beautiful and highly interdisciplinary subject that incorporates techniques from many areas of mathematics, such as functional analysis, matrix theory, abstract algebra, algebraic geometry, information theory, and computational complexity theory. In addition to describing some of its basic aspects, I will also discuss a few active areas of research and tantalizing open problems in quantum information theory.