PIAF '09 New Perspectives on the Quantum State

Conference Date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2009 (All day) to Friday, October 2, 2009 (All day)


This is the 2nd Annual conference of the Perimeter Institute-Australia Foundations collaboration. In the field of quantum foundations, the interpretation of the quantum state is an issue that has received much attention in recent years.  One question that has gained prominence is whether the quantum state describes reality (the ontic view) or an agent's knowledge of reality (the epistemic view).  Others reject this dichotomy and suggest that it might be best interpreted as a dynamical law (the nomological view) or in an entirely different manner.  Other issues of interest include whether the quantum state describes absolute or relational degrees of freedom, and whether the universal wavefunction might be interpreted differently from that of a subsystem.  This conference will bring together leading researchers representing a diversity of positions to share their knowledge and insight, to develop a broader perspective on the issues, and to focus on outstanding problems.



Yakir Aharonov, Tel Aviv University

Leslie Ballentine, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Stephen Bartlett, University of Sydney, Australia

Gian-Paolo Beretta, Università di Brescia

Robin Blume-Kohout, Perimeter Institute, Canada 

Caslav Brukner, University of Vienna, Austria

Sheldon Goldstein, Rutgers University, United States

Claus Kiefer, University of Koeln, Germany

N. David Mermin, Cornell University, United States

Alberto Montina, Università di Firenze, Italy

Travis Norsen, Marlboro College, United States

Philip Pearle, Hamilton College, United States

Nelson Pinto-Neto, ICRA, Brazil

Terry Rudolph, Imperial college, London

Rüdiger Schack, University of London, United Kingdom

Daniel Terno, Macquarie University, Australia

Christopher Timpson, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Antony Valentini, Imperial College, London

Howard Wiseman, Griffith University, Australia


Funding has been provided in part by:

Perimeter Institute

Griffith University

University of Queensland

University of Sydney