QPL 2012

Quantum Physics and Logic
10-12 October 2012, Brussels, Belgium

The Laboratoire d'Information Quantique at the Université Libre de Bruxelles will host the 9th Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL 2012)


The 9th workshop on Quantum Physics and Logic will bring together researchers working on mathematical foundations of quantum physics, quantum computing and spatio-temporal causal structures, and in particular those that use logical tools, ordered algebraic and category-theoretic structures, formal languages, semantical methods and other computer science methods for the study of physical behaviour in general.

Previous QPL events were held in Ottawa (2003), Turku (2004), Chicago (2005), Oxford (2006), Reykjavik (2008), Oxford (2009), Oxford (2010), and Nijmegen (2011).


We have a full programme of contributed talks, and invited lectures from:

  • Stefaan Caenepeel (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Serge Massar (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Paul-André Melliès (Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7)

The provisional schedule is available here.

There will be a workshop dinner on Thursday night.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 9am Brussels time (i.e. CEST, UTC+2).

  • 20 August: Submission of paper
  • 10 September: Notification of authors
  • 24 September: Camera-ready version due

Submission of papers

Submission is now closed. You can view the list of accepted papers here.


Registration is now closed.

Financial Support

This meeting is supported by the EPSRC network EP/I03596X/1 Structures at the Interface of Physics and Computer Science.

Local Information

The workshop will take place from Wednesday 10 October to Friday 12 October in the Solvay Room of Building NO on the Plaine Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Getting to Brussels

Many airlines fly to Brussels Airport (code: BRU). From there you can get a train to the main railway stations of Brussels. The train takes about 25 minutes and costs about €5. Beware that the automatic ticket machines only accept Belgian debit cards - your credit card will not work. Alternatively, Ryanair and some other airlines fly to Brussels South Charleroi (code: CRL). From there you can get a shuttle bus to the Brussels South railway station (aka Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi). Unlike the airport this is actually in Brussels. The shuttle bus costs €13 and takes about an hour.

There are direct high-speed railway connections from many major cities including London (Eurostar), Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam. (Note that these last two also serve Charles de Gaule and Schipol airports for those travelling from further away.) Tickets can be booked online.

Getting to the ULB

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The ULB is located in the south-east of Brussels, approximately 20 minutes ride by metro from the centre. The easiest method of getting to the campus is to take the

  • Metro line 5 (direction: Hermann-Debroux) and get off at station Delta. When you get up from the platform take the exit on the right.
Other public transport options are:

  • Bus 71 (direction: Delta) stop Fraiteur;
  • Bus 95 (direction: Wiener) stop Thys;

Be aware that there is tram stop called "ULB" - this is at the other campus, and about 15 minutes walk from the conference venue. Don't go there by mistake.

The best thing to do for the public transport is to buy a 10-ride ticket. This costs about € 12 and can be bought in any metro station, or from the bus driver. It can be used on bus tram and metro, and up to four people can share the same ticket by stamping multiple times in the orange machines. (They don't work with the newer red machines). Once stamped, you can travel for an hour regardless of connections. Be aware that the automated ticket vending machines only accept coins and Belgian debit cards.

The workshop will take place in Building NO; this will be sign posted "Physique" once you are on the campus. The Solvay room is on the 5th floor. A map of the campus is here.

One more thing to be aware of. Many things in Brussels are sign posted bilingually in french and dutch but the university is not one of them: everything is written in french. However, just to confuse unwary outsiders, the Plaine campus is shared between the french-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel. These are separate universities. The workshop is taking place at the ULB, not the VUB, so if you find all the signage is written in dutch, you are probably in the VUB. Head south to get to the ULB.


There are few hotels near the university, so I recommend staying in the centre, preferably close to one of the stations on metro line 5: Ste Catherine, De Brouckere, Gare Centrale, Parc. However Brussels is quite a compact city, and the public transport works well, so there's no need to worry to much about being right on top of the metro. Tripadvisor is your friend.


Wifi access will be provided by Eduroam. You will need to obtain an Eduroam login from your home institution before coming to the workshop. If for some reason this is impossible, please contact me as soon as possible and I will try to work something out.

Programme Committee

  • Dan Browne
  • Giulio Chiribella
  • Bob Coecke
  • Andreas Doering
  • Ross Duncan (co-chair)
  • Simon Gay
  • Bart Jacobs
  • Prakash Panangaden (co-chair)
  • Simon Perdrix
  • Robert Raussendorf
  • Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
  • Peter Selinger
  • Robert Spekkens
  • Bas Spitters

Steering Committeee

  • Bob Coecke
  • Prakash Panangaden
  • Peter Selinger

Local Organisation

Ross Duncan