Gilles Brassard

Symposium in honour of Gilles Brassard & Charles Bennett

Charles Bennett (IBM Research) and Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal) were awarded the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the worlds largest science prize, for their foundational work in quantum information. They share this prize with David Deutsch and Peter Shor. In honour of this prize, we are organising a symposium at the KNAW (The Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam) on 14 November 2022, from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m, where both Gilles Brassard and Charles Bennett will speak. The event’s moderator is Harry Buhrman (University of Amsterdam and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica).

In 1984, Gilles Brassard and Charles Bennett invented the ‘BB84’ protocol for quantum cryptography. This marks the birth of quantum cryptography. Their protocol takes advantage of fundamentalprinciples of quantum mechanics and enablessecure communication between parties. Nowadays, their protocol is commercially available and forms the core of many other protocols on quantum cryptography and quantum information in general.

Until November 2022, Brassard performs as ‘Turing Chair for Quantum Software’ at UvA, and he is hosted at QuSoft at NWO institute CWI.

Date: 14 November 2022, 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Venue: KNAW, The Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Moderator: Harry Buhrman


6.30 p.m. Registration

7.00 p.m. Welcome and introduction, Harry Buhrman, Professor of Computer Science at University of Amsterdam, Group Leader at CWI and Director at QuSoft

7.05 p.m. Stacey Jeffery, Senior Researcher at CWI & QuSoft – Quantum Computing: The Next Quantum Revolution

7.30 p.m. Charles Bennett – Physicist, IBM Fellow at IBM Research – Quantum Information for Beginners

8.00 p.m. Barbara Terhal, Professor Quantum Information Theory at QuTech – The unreasonable effectiveness of quantum theorists in experimental physics

8.30 p.m. Gilles Brassard, Professor of Computer Science, Université de Montreal and QuSoft Turing Chair holder – Quantum cryptography, from dream to reality (and beyond)

9.00 p.m. Drinks

10.00 p.m. End of the event



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