Paraty 2017

School: 14th to 18th, August
Workshop: 21st to 25th, August

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Slides of the lectures

Marcelo – lecture 01

Caslav’ slides

Marcelo – lecture 02

Marcelo – lecture 03

Dates: 14th to 18th, August

This is an introductory- to mid-level postgraduate school, focusing on theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum information and quantum computation. Each course will consist of 5:15hrs of lectures in English.

It is targeted at MSc. and PhD students wishing to quickly learn the basics of these rapidly developing fields from some of the world’s leading experts.

Following the school there will be an international workshop covering current research and recent advances in these fields. Students are strongly recommended to apply to both events.

The preliminary schedule for the school is as follows!


Monday (14/08) Tuesday (15/08) Wednesday (16/08) Thursday (17/08) Friday (18/08)
09:00-10:30 Caslav 1/3 09:00-10:30 Terra 2/3 09:00-10:30 Caslav 3/3 09:00-10:30 Terra 3/3 09:00-10:30 Michal 1/2
10:30-11:00 coffee-break 10:30-11:00 coffee-break 10:30-11:00 coffee-break 10:30-10:45 coffee-break 10:30-11:00 coffee-break
11:00-12:30 Alexia 1/3 11:00-12:30 Caslav 2/3 11:00-12:30 Hoskinson 3/3 10:45-12:15 Elham 2/3 11:00-12:30 Elham 3/3
12:30-16:00 lunch / registration 12:30-14:30 lunch 12:30-16:00 lunch 13:00-18:00 boat trip 12:30-14:00
16:00-17:30 Terra 1/3 14:30-16:00 Hoskinson 2/3 16:00-17:30 Alexia 3/3 14:00-15:30 Michal 2/2
17:30-18:00 coffe-break 16:00-16:15 coffee-break 17:30-18:00 coffee-break 15:30-16:30 Alexia (extra)
18:00-19:30 Hoskinson 1/3 16:15-17:45 Alexia 2/3 18:00-19:30 Elham 1/3 16:30-17:00 Closing
18:00-20:00 posters + cocktail

Quantum Causality.
Caslav Brukner, University of Viena

Lecture I: Device-independent approach to causality: Causal inequalities and causal polytope.

Lecture II: Device-dependent approach to causality: Causally non-separable processes.

Lecture III: Quantum information processing on indefinite causal structures.

On-chip devices for quantum optics.
Michal Lipson&Alexander Gaeta, Columbia University

Lecture I: On-chip passive devices for integrated quantum optics: wave guiding theory, spatial modes, methods for calculating propagation constants.

Lecture II: Material for integrated quantum photonics: thin films vs crystalline materials. Fabrication methods- challenges, tradeoffs and state of art.

Lecture III: On-chip active photonic devices for quantum optics including switches and modulators: principle of operation, fundamental limitations, state of art.

D-Wave’s approach to quantum computing.
Emile Hoskinson, D-Wave Sys. Inc.

Lecture I: Introduction to superconducting circuits.

Lecture II: Architecture of the D-Wave processor.

Lecture III: Quantum computing with D-Wave processors.

Verification of Quantum Technology: From Theory to Practice.
Elham Kashefi, University of Edinburgh

The quantum technology has an acute verification and validation problem: On one hand since classical computations cannot scale up to the computational power of quantum mechanics, verifying the correctness of a quantum-mediated computation is challenging, on the other hand the underlying quantum structure resists classical certification analysis. The central objective of the lecture series is to present recent advances in this field.

Lecture I: Universal Blind Quantum Computing.

Lecture II: Verifiable Blind Quantum Computing

Lecture III: Price of Trust

On Quantum Contextuality and Nonlocality.
Marcelo Terra Cunha, Unicamp

Quantum theory defies the classical view of the physical phenomena in many aspects. Probably, the two most striking ones become known by Contextuality and Nonlocality. In this series of lectures, I intend to discuss some of the history and some of the modern view of these important characters, including the interplay between they and also some of the experimental ground breaks in the field.

Quantum thermodynamics.
Alexia Auffeves, Institute Néel

Quantum thermodynamics is an exploding topic lying at the boundary between quantum information, quantum open systems, quantum foundations and stochastic thermodynamics. I will review the main challenges of the field, as well recent experimental proposals and realizations.

Lecture I: Time arrow and entropy production in quantum thermodynamics

Lecture II: Quantum information thermodynamics: From quantum Maxwell demons to measurement driven quantum engines

Lecture III: Prospects on experimental platforms. Optomechanics vs circuit QED.


Dates: 21st to 25th, August

The Workshop aims to convene some of the world’s experts in quantum information to discuss the latest results in this and related fields. The main aim is to provide a relaxed setting, avoiding an excess of talks, in order to stimulate discussion and new ideas.

Workshop Schedule


Monday (21/08) Tuesday (22/08) Wednesday (23/08) Thursday (24/08) Friday (25/08)
08:30-08:55 Opening
09:00-09:25 G. Lemos J. Monsel F. Brandão D. Gerace J. Bermejo-Vega
09:30-09:55 A. Khoury C. Cormick S. Boettcher E. Bäumer C. Napoli
10:00-10:25 W. Vogel F. Nicácio M. Richard P. Erker E. Agudelo
10:30-10:55 Coffee-break Coffee-break Coffee-break Coffee-break Coffee-break
11:00-11:25 P-L de Assis D. Felinto K. Modi R. Nichols R. Serra
11:30-11:55 E. Denning P. Saldanha S. Pádua F. Toscano A. Auffeves
12:00-12:25 F. Tacchino G. Landi R. de Araújo G. Aguilar Closing
12:30-16:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Photo (15 min)
boat trip
16:00-16:25 G. Lima A. Sawicki M. Araújo boat trip
16:30-16:55 J. Bohr M. Oszmaniec F. Parísio boat trip
17:00-17:25 D. Cavalcanti D. Brod Y. Guryanova boat trip
17:30-17:55 Coffee-break Coffee-break boat trip
18:00-18:25 J. Pienaar R. Drumond boat trip
18:30-18:55 R. Chaves L. Aolita
19:00-21:30 poster session


Titles and abstracts

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Bárbara Amaral (UFSJ)
Fernando de Melo (CBPF)
Frederico Brito (IFUSP-SC)
Marcelo França (UFRJ)
Nadja K. Bernardes (UFMG)
Thiago de Oliveira (UFF)
Stephen Walborn (UFRJ)

International Advisory Board

Adán Cabello – Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Antonio Acin – ICFO, Spain
Artur Ekert – CQT, Singapore
Barbara Terhal – TU Aachen, Germany
David DiVincenzo – TU Aachen &
Research Center Juelich, Germany
Juan Pablo Paz – University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Werner Vogel- University of Rostock, Germany
Richard Jozsa – University of Cambridge, UK


Important dates:

16 February – 14 April – School application period.
16 February – 19 May – Workshop application period.
17 April – 28 April – Selection and notification of School participants
22 May – 30 May – Selection and notification of Workshop participants
29 May – 16 July – Fee payment period (lower fees)
16 July – 04 August – Late applications (subject to availability)
16 July – 04 August – Late payment period (higher fees)

Registration fees:

School only Workshop only School + Workshop
Student (until 16th July)* R$400 R$400 R$600
Student (after 16th July)* R$550 R$550 R$750
Non-Student (until 16th July) R$600 R$750 R$900
Non-Student (after 16th July) R$750 R$900 R$1100

* Good news! We got funding from the Brazilian agency CAPES (EAE-CAPES) which allows us to waive the school’s registration fee for students from Brazilian institutions.

Registration instructions:

Please read the instructions carefully before filling in the registration forms below. Contact us if any clarification is needed.

  1. Note that separate applications must be made for the School and for the Workshop
  2. Preference at the Workshop will be given to researchers presenting original results. However, students attending the School may also attend the Workshop without submitting a presentation, provided there is enough space. We encourage students to apply for both events.
  3. Conversely, preference at the School will be given to postgraduate students. Some outstanding undergraduate students may also be accepted. Participants are not required to submit a presentation, but those who wish to do so are welcome, and will have the opportunity to present a poster.
  4. Acceptance for the School will be notified between 17 April and 28 April. Applications not selected in this period will be placed on a waiting list, together with post-deadline applications. Applicants on the waiting list may receive a late acceptance email after 10 Jul.
  5. Acceptance for the Workshop will be notified between 22 May and 27 May. Applicants for both School and Workshop will receive two separate notifications.
  6. Please await receipt of an acceptance email before paying your registration fee. If you have not received either an acceptance or rejection by the appropriate date, please contact us.
  7. Participants coming only for the Workshop may choose to pay their fees at any moment up to their arrival at the conference. However, fees will be higher after 07 Jul. Payments at the conference must be made in Brazilian Reais (R$).
  8. The registration fee covers participation, refreshments and conference events. It does not cover meals, travel or accommodation.
  9. The organizers are in the process to secure funding for some financial aid to participants in need. The result of this process will not be known until August. Hence, we strongly advise applicants to try to secure their own funding sources.

Registration links:

Registration for the school is now closed.
Registration for the workshop is now closed.

Fees payment:

Below you will find the link to access the payment gateway. Please DO NOT click it unless you have received confirmation of your acceptance to the conference. The organizers will not reimburse payments made in error.

NOTE 1: If you are a student from a Brazilian institution accepted ONLY to the School, you do not need to click on the link, or take any other further action. The registration fee for students from Brazilian institutions was waived by a program from the Brazilian agency CAPES. All the other cases must click the link below in order to pay the corresponding fee.

NOTE 2: Researchers from São Paulo Institutions may be entitled to financial support through a joint application to be presented to FAPESP. If you would like to participate of it, please contact fbb[at] until June 7.

Click here to access the payment gateway
Click here if you want to revise your payment data


Casa da Cultura de Paraty

The venue for the conference, including registration, lectures, talks and poster sessions will be the Casa da Cultura de Paraty, a cultural centre in the heart of the Historical Centre of Paraty.

See the map

Rua Dona Geralda, 177 – Centro Histórico – Paraty RJ – Cep: 23.970-000
Tel/Fax.: (24) 3371-2325

About Paraty

Tucked between the lush green mountains of the Bocaina National Park and the island-studded bay of Angra dos Reis, Paraty (pron. pah-ra-CHI) is one of the most charming little towns in Brazil.

Its Centro Histórico (old town) has been preserved as it was in its 18th century heyday, with cobblestoned, pedestrian-only streets and renovated colonial-style mansions. Many of these have now been converted into restaurants, art galleries, guesthouses and shops, which give the town a unique atmosphere that is at once laid-back, traditional and cosmopolitan.

The colonial architecture is complemented by the stunning natural setting, with unspoilt beaches, forests, waterfalls and islands all within easy reach. All kinds of sports and outdoor activities can be enjoyed, from hiking to sailing to scuba diving.Praia da Ponta Negra, Trindade

Paraty has a busy tourist calendar, hosting several annual events such as its renowned international literary festival. The region produces some of Brazil’s best cachaças or ‘pingas’ and so another of its attractions is the annual Festival da Cachaça. This year’s festival will take place Aug 17-20, partly overlapping with our event.

Hotel & Hostel

As Paraty is so small and easy to walk around, there will be no centralized accommodation for the conference – each participant is free to choose according to her/his taste and pocket.

There are no large hotels in Paraty – instead, accommodation is provided by dozens of small pousadas (guesthouses) and albergues (hostels). All levels of quality and price are well represented. Accommodation in the historic sector (Centro Histórico), where the conference venue (Casa da Cultura) is found, tends to be more expensive. Closer to the bus station, or on the further side of the small river that crosses the town, prices can be considerably lower. Even in these cases, though, a 10-15 min walk will suffice to reach the Casa da Cultura.

Are you on a low budget?
We arranged a special deal with the Geko hostel, and they are offering 10% of discount for all participants of the school. In order to receive the discount, you have to book directly with them and in the message’s subject you should write: “VI Quantum Information School and Workshop- Contato Nadja Kolb Bernardes”.

If you are looking for something else, here are some possibilities (no special deal, though):
Pousada do Sandi
Pousada da Marquesa
Pousada Arte Urquijo

Villas de Paraty
Pousada da Condessa
Pousada do Príncipe

Geko hostel (see special deal above)
Solar dos Gerânios
Pousado do Careca

Getting to Paraty

Arriving in Brazil
Paraty lies roughly 250km southwest of Rio de Janeiro and 300km northeast of São Paulo, so both cities are convenient points of entry for those arriving by plane.

Most Europeans and Latin Americans do not need visas to enter in Brazil, but US, Canadian and Australian citizens, among others, do. Up-to-date information on your country’s visa status can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Arriving in Paraty for the School: Conference Bus
For those going to the Quantum Information School, we arranged for special (free) Conference buses. The buses will depart from both Rio and São Paulo on the morning of Sunday, August 13th. Click here to book a seat (closed).

Arriving in Paraty by regular coach
There are frequent, reliable and comfortable coach (bus) lines to Paraty from Rio (Novo Rio bus station), São Paulo (Tietê bus station) and other cities. A one-way ticket from either of these cities costs around R$80-90. You can book a bus ticket here (tickets become available 1 month before the trip date), or directly at the bus station (see links above). It is also possible to arrange for a private shuttle service by contacting Paraty Tours.

Day care center

For this edition, the Quantum Information School and Workshop has found a local partner that has offered to host the children of participants during our event at a cost of R$60,00/day, from 8am to 5pm. This price already includes meals and transportation.

Named Jardim do Beija Flor, our partner is located near Paraty, but not inside the city, in a very bucolic environment where the kids have plenty of space and direct contact with nature.

The logistics regarding this service are to be arranged directly with the director of the kindergarten, Mônica, at movi03[at] who will be responsible for the hosting and transportation of the children. Contact can be made in Portuguese, English or Spanish and, when contacting her, the participant of our event should mention our event as well as the number of kids, their age, the dates and any other detail that could help her with the logistics.

Still have a question? Contact us!