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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Our upcoming events

24 - 24
Apr Apr
Tri-Innovate Pitch Event
Tuesday 24 April -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Tri-Innovate 2018 finalists will pitch their ideas at The Foundry for £8,000 first prize and title of Innovation of the Year. Come support Wolfson finalists as they compete against finalists from Hertford, Jesus, New, and Pembroke Colleges.

Courses and Workshops
28 - 28
Apr Apr
Indo-Iranian Philology Study Day
Saturday 28 April -
9:00am to 5:00pm

A study day in Indo-Iranian philology, with opportunities to take lessons in subjects such as Avestan, Vedic Sanskrit, reading Old Persian cuneiform, and Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative philology. There will be taster sessions for beginners and brush-up sessions for those who once studied the subject. For further information or to book a place, please email Philomen Probert (philomen.probert@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

Concert and Plays
01 - 01
May May
Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
Tuesday 1 May -
8:00am to 11:00am

All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson.


8.00–8.40 am Musical entertainment by members of the College 
All are welcome to drop in

8.40–9.00 am Break
Morning pastries will be available

9.00–9.30 am Formal inauguration of the new President
Please take your places by 9 am