Additivity Problems in Quantum Information Theory (22w5089)


(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Nilanjana Datta (University of Cambridge)

Debbie Leung (University of Waterloo)

Graeme Smith (University of Colorado Boulder)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Additivity Problems in Quantum Information Theory" workshop in Banff from February 6 - 11, 2022.

Information theory aims to find mathematically precise answers to fundamental questions such as how information is stored, processed, or sent reliably through noisy communication links. Towards the end of the 20th century, researchers started asking how these information-processing tasks change when information is encoded in systems exhibiting quantum-mechanical behavior. Remarkably, features of quantum mechanics such as the superposition principle and entanglement give rise to phenomena in information theory that cannot be realized with classical information-processing systems. Their discovery has led to the creation of the now thriving field of quantum information theory.

A cornerstone of quantum information theory is the principle of non-additivity of information measures. Roughly speaking, non-additivity occurs if a communication resource becomes more powerful when used repeatedly or in conjunction with another resource. On the one hand, non-additivity effects are desirable as they push the limits of faithfully communicating information. On the other hand, they complicate an exact characterization of these limits in both mathematical and computational terms. Our workshop gathers experts from all areas of quantum information theory, with the goal of shedding further light on, and identifying new methods to study, the nature of non-additivity phenomena in quantum information-processing systems.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).