Quantum Alberta Workshop 2016

Event: Quantum Alberta Workshop

Date: 13 May 2016

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

Sponsored by: Canada National Defence, University of Calgary, University of AlbertaUniversity of Lethbridge

Workshop steering committee: Paul Barclay, Saurya Das, John 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 themes:

  • 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 talks will be 35 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

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

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

Friday, 13 May 2016

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

Accommodation and Travel

Participants from University 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 and Invited Speakers: 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 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 Meals

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 (travel costs for academic members and invited speakers) 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

Quantum Alberta Workshop 2017

Event: Quantum Alberta Workshop

Date: May 2017 (tentative)

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


Event: Quantum Alberta Workshop

Date: 18 July 2018

Calgary Telus Convention Centre
120 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Workshop steering committee: Paul BarclaySaurya DasJohn Davis, Hooman Hosseinkhannazer, Lindsay LeBlancBarry Sanders.

Event: Quanta Workshop

Date: 16-17 July 2018

Calgary Telus Convention Centre
120 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Workshop steering committee: Paul BarclayJohn DavisLindsay LeBlanc.