Quantum Foundations Research Cluster

The quest for understanding the quantum world remains one of the greatest challenges on the scientific agenda.

Despite a century of involvement of the greatest minds there is still no consensus on what the quantum world is really about and how it relates to our everyday experiences. 

The Quantum Foundations Research Cluster at Wolfson tackles not only the big questions about the nature of the universe that have troubled scientists from Einstein to Stephen Hawking (Does God play dice?), but equally applies quantum theory to real-world technological advances, such as helping Google understand language. 

Our approach is unique for the range of perspectives we bring to this challenge, including philosophy, logic, computing, quantum phenomena and life, nanotechnology, and even areas of artificial intelligence. Several of these activities have received wide media coverage.

The Cluster unites members from the Computer Science, Materials, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics Departments of the University, making it an interdisciplinary activity unique in its kind.

While Wolfson College has a remarkably large number of Fellows and DPhil students active in the area, the activities of the cluster also attract many leading scientists from other colleges.

The activities of the cluster include bimonthly discussion meetings on
Wednesday evenings, to which everyone interested is welcome. Please email the mailing list to receive information on forthcoming activities.

Wolfson Academics

Samson Abramsky (Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing)
Jonathan Barrett (Associate Professor of Computer Science)
Andrew Briggs (Professor of Nanomaterials)
Harvey Brown (Professor of Philosophy of Physics)
Bob Coecke (Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures)
Vlatko Vedral (Professor of Quantum Information Theory)

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19 September 2018
Wolfson Fellows win full professorships

Jon Barrett and Wolfgang de Melo of Wolfson College have been awarded a Recognition of Distinction award.

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Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
25 - 25
Sep Sep
The Magnificent Seven (plus): A study of early Islamic rock crystal wine jugs
Tuesday 25 September - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Concert and Plays
29 - 29
Sep Sep
Carmen
Saturday 29 September - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Barefoot Opera, well known for its strong production values, ensemble work, and fresh interpretation, brings its unique style to the opera everyone knows and loves: 'Carmen' by Bizet. Our brilliant young soloists include young talents from the Guildhall School of Music and the Welsh Opera Academy. At the start of their careers, they will be accompanied by Barefoot Opera’s signature ensemble of free-base accordion double-bass, clarinet, and keyboard.

Art exhibition
30 - 30
Sep Sep
Steve Empson: Exhibition Private View
Sunday 30 September - 12:00pm

PRIVATE VIEW - Sunday 30 September from 12 noon to 3 pm.
Steve Empson observes two coastal communities, in Kent and Co Durham, he considers to be similar in many aspects. Both places are out on a limb, and he sees them as being quirky and attractively at the edge of society. In paintings and drawings of mixed media, he attempts to get across his feeling for these places.