Symposium and Workshop Program


Symposium on Quantum Information, Complexity, and the Physical World

Monday, December 5, 2022 - Princeton University

Workshop on Spacetime and Quantum Information 

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 6-7, 2022 - Institute for Advanced Study


Program Organizers: 
Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin
Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study
Alex Maloney, McGill University
Herman Verlinde, Princeton University (Organizer Monday Symposium)

The Monday symposium at Princeton will emphasize the cross-disciplinary links between quantum information science, quantum computing, and quantum aspects of spacetime. The symposium will take place in person and via Zoom.

The workshop at IAS will focus on quantum aspects of spacetime by applying ideas and concepts from quantum information theory. The workshop will take place in person and via Zoom.

Monday Symposium Live Stream Link:
IAS Workshop Zoom Link: TBA

The symposium is sponsored by the Princeton Physics Department, the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, and the Princeton Quantum Initiative.

The workshop is sponsored by the Simons Foundation It from Qubit collaboration and is followed by the collaboration Annual Meeting in New York City.

Registration for this workshop will be closed after Monday, Nov 21. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Please contact Janelle Jupiter if you would still like to register for the symposium. 


Contact Janelle Jupiter,, for inquiries about the Symposium and Lisa Fleischer,, with any inquiries about the It for Qubit meeting at IAS.



Preliminary Schedule (Precise schedule to be determined, all talks in McDonell A02) 

Monday, December 5, 2022


8:15 - 8:50 - Registration (Brush Gallery)

8:50 - 9:00 - Welcome Remarks

9.00 - 9.45 -  Edward Witten (IAS, Princeton)          

"An Observer in De Sitter Space"

9.45 - 10.30 -  Ignacio Cirac (Max Plack, Munich)    

"Quantum Computing and Simulation with Errors" 

10.30 - 11:00 - Coffee Break 

11.00 - 11.45 - Xiao Mi (Google Quantum AI)

"Exploring Many-Body Physics with Superconducting Quantum Processors"

11.45 - 12.30 - Dmitry Abanin (Univ. of Geneva)

"Influence Functionals, Temporal Entanglement, and Quantum Many-Body Dynamics" 

12:45 - 2.15  - Lunch in PCTS and Gravity Initiative

2.15 - 3:00 -  Daniel Jafferis (Harvard Univ.)

"Emergent Gravitational Dynamics in Quantum Experiments"

3:00 - 3.45 -  Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley)

"Complexity of Random Circuit Sampling"

3:45 - 4:30 - Tea Time & Discussions 

4.30 - 5.15 -  Juan Maldacena (IAS, Princeton)

"Gravity and Black Holes from a Quantum System" 

5:30 - 6:00 - Informal Reception 

6:00 - 8:00 - Dinner in PCTS and Gravity Initiative