Reality's quantum nature is its most inexplicable feature. The outcome of every observation we make can ultimately be written on classical pieces of paper. Why would understanding this classical data merit non-classical logic? This puzzle has pushed a heated search for fundamental physical principles to justify why reality is quantum mechanical.

Epsilon

The Quantum Epsilon Project has been formed through the auspices of the John Templeton Foundation to explain this paradox. We seek to isolate quantum theory from philosophical principles, that arise from a novel interplay of the foundational ideas in computational mechanics and quantum theory. The former to capture the ideal of Occam's Razor – the preference for understanding reality through the least extraneous causes. The latter to understand exactly how this notion of ‘least extraneous causes’ depends on what sort of information theory we use. Together these concepts suggest an intriguing new line of inquiry: could the desire for simplicity isolate quantum theory as the ideal way to understand reality?

Workshop on the interdisciplinary frontiers of quantum and complexity science

Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore
January 8th – 12th 2017

We are pleased to announce our first international workshop to explore the intersection between quantum and complexity science. For full details, please visit the workshop webpage at http://qcomplexity.quantumlah.org/.

Recent Activities

Who are we?

Project Team

Mile Gu

Mile Gu

Project leader

Vlatko Vedral

Vlatko Vedral

Project co-leader

Jayne Thompson

Jayne Thompson

Research fellow

Andrew Garner

Andrew Garner

Research fellow

Students

Whei Yeap Suen

Whei Yeap Suen

PhD student, CQT

Liu Qing

Liu Qing

PhD student, NTU

Yang Chengran

Yang Chengran

PhD student, NTU

Posters & presentations

Replicating the benefits of closed timelike curves without breaking causality

Quantum precision

Workshop on the interdisciplinary frontiers of quantum and complexity science,
Singapore, Jan 8 - Jan 12 2017

Quantum Simplicity

When is simpler thermodynamically better?

Conference on Complex Systems
Amsterdam, Sept 19-22 2016

Quantum Simplicity

Quantum Statistical Complexity

IIIS, Tsinghua
Beijing, China March 31 2016

Quantum Simplicity

Quantum Simplicity

New Directions in Foundations of Physics,
Washington, U.S.A., April 24-26 2015

Simplifying input-output processes with qunatum mechanics

Simplifying input-output processes with quantum mechanics

Asia-Pacific Conference & Workshop on Quantum Information Sciences,
Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 30 - Dec 4 2015

Replicating the benefits of closed timelike curves without breaking causality

Replicating the benefits of closed timelike curves without breaking causality

Asia-Pacific Conference & Workshop on Quantum Information Sciences,
Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 30 - Dec 4 2015

Recent papers

Provably unbounded memory advantage in stochastic simulation using quantum mechanics

Andrew J. P. Garner, Qing Liu, Jayne Thompson, Vlatko Vedral, and Mile Gu.

Using quantum theory to reduce the complexity of input-output processes.

Jayne Thompson, Andrew J. P. Garner, Vlatko Vedral, and Mile Gu.

When is simpler thermodynamically better?

Andrew J. P. Garner, Jayne Thompson, Vlatko Vedral, and Mile Gu.

The classical-quantum divergence of complexity in the Ising spin chain.

Whei Yeap Suen, Jayne Thompson, Andrew J. P. Garner, Vlatko Vedral, and Mile Gu.

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Address

Centre for Quantum Technologies,
3 Science Drive 2, Blk S15
,
Singapore,
117543