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June 2, 2010

Categories, Logic and Physics 7 at Birmingham

Posted by John Baez

Category theory, logic and the foundations of physics are taking an exciting new turn, prompted in part by work on quantum information theory. So if you feel sad that you missed all the fun at the Quantum Physics and Logic conference in Oxford last weekend, don’t just sit there moping! There’s still hope! You can go to Birmingham in September!

  • 7th Workshop on Categories, Logic and Physics, Tuesday September 21st, 2010, University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science. Local organizers: Steve Vickers and Bertfried Fauser. Workshop coordinators: Bob Coecke and Andreas Doering.

The 7th Workshop on “Categories, Logic and Physics” will be held on Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at the University of Birmingham. As always this is a one day event, there are no conference fees. A particular focus of this meeting will be topological aspects, but, as usual, other topics are welcome too.


  • Tuesday 21st of September 2010
  • The University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science
  • Room SPX-LT1 – This Lecture Theater 1 is in the ‘Sports and Exercise Science’ building Y14, about 5min walk from Computer Science (building Y9). See this map for details.


If you plan to attend the workshop, please send an email as soon as possible to the local organizers: Steve Vickers and/or Bertfried Fauser, so that we can make local arrangements. This is important for arranging for smooth lunch, so letting us know really helps you.


Birmingham is easily reached by train or plane (Birmingham International Airport). The train transfer from the airport to the University is approximately 45 minutes.

For train travel, you should ask for the station “University” when purchasing tickets. Most routes include a change at Birmingham New Street to the line with destination Longridge or Redditch.


The workshop is intended to be a one day event and most participants will not need to stay overnight. If you need help with an accommodation feel free to contact the local organizers.


The provisional schedule is as follows:

11:00-13:00 Lectures
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
      [we can go to Staff House, lunch is about £5]
14:00-16:00 Lectures
16:00-16:30 Coffee/Tea Break
16:30-18:30 Lectures
19:00- Pub Session

A detailed list with names of speakers will be sent in a 2nd announcement.

We are glad to see you in September,
local organizers
Steve Vickers + Bertfried Fauser

workshop coordinators
Bob Coecke + Andreas Doering

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Re: Categories, Logic and Physics 7 at Birmingham

Hi John,

This year, the annual QuEBS 2010 Conference is being held at Harvard University from June 17-20. “QuEBS” means (non-trivial) “Quantum Effects in Biological Systems”, and there will be three speakers at this conference who are from the CQT at NUS in Singapore (where you will be going next month) named Kavan Modi, Elisabeth Rieper and Vlatko Vedral.

(Before I attend this conference, I am supposed to read some written sources on the possible idea of “quantum neuroscience”, and I will then let you know if I find out anything that might seem plausible.)

Posted by: Charlie Stromeyer on June 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics 7 at Birmingham

Hi — I met Vlatko Vedral at Oxford last week. He’s one of several people who bounces back and forth between Oxford and the CQT in Singapore, and I expect I’ll be seeing a lot of him when I go to Singapore. Another such person is Jacob Biamonte, and he’s also going to that QuEBS conference at Harvard. He has done work with Alán Aspuru-Guzik, who I guess is running that workshop.

Don’t know the other two folks you mentioned.

Posted by: John Baez on June 3, 2010 7:33 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Categories, Logic and Physics 7 at Birmingham

Dash it, maybe locales are made of points after all! I hope it was a good meeting.

Posted by: Bruce Bartlett on September 21, 2010 9:32 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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