Seminar and Colloquia Series

Perimeter Institute organizes a lively program of seminars, regularly exposing researchers to current ideas in the wider theoretical physics community. In addition, many of the colloquium talks provide content outside of, but related to, core disciplines. Scientists at surrounding universities and institutions are welcome to attend Perimeter’s Seminars and Colloquia. Below are details and listings for each of Perimeter Institute Seminar and Colloquium Series, arranged by study area.

INTERNATIONAL LOOP QUANTUM GRAVITY 

Chair: Wolfgang Wieland, Sebastian Steinhaus

The International Loop Quantum Gravity Seminar series is held via teleconference among the main international research groups in loop quantum gravity. Slides are distributed in advance of the discussion and audio is posted after the seminar on the ILQG website.

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 10:00 am.


COSMOLOGY & GRAVITATION

Chair: Kendrick Smith

This series consists of talks in the areas of Cosmology, Gravitation, and Particle Physics.

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 11:00 am.


PARTICLE PHYSICS 

Chair: Davide Racco

This series consists of talks in the areas of Particle Physics, High Energy Physics, and Quantum Field Theory

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.


QUANTUM FIELDS AND STRING SEMINARS

Chairs: Ziqi Yan, Matthijs Hogervorst

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Fields and String Theory

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm.


QUANTUM FOUNDATIONS 

Chairs: Lucien Hardy, John Selby

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Foundations.

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm.


CONDENSED MATTER 

Chairs: Yin-Chen He, Guifre Vidal

This series consists of talks in the area of Condensed Matter.  

Talks occur on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm.


COLLOQUIUM

Chair: Rob Spekkens, Davide Gaiotto

This series covers a broad range of scientific topics, including all areas of research at Perimeter Institute, as well as those outside of Perimeter's core disciplines.

Talks occur on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.


QUANTUM INFORMATION 

Chair: Daniel Gottesman

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Information.

Talks occur on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.


PERIMETER INSTITUTE QUANTUM DISCUSSIONS

Chair: Aleksander Kubica

This series consists of weekly discussion sessions on Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information. The sessions start with an informal exposition of an interesting topic, research result or important question in the field. Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate with questions and comments.

Talks occur on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.


STRONG GRAVITY 

Chair: William East, Huan Yang

This series consists of talks in areas of strong gravity, where gravity is the main driver behind interesting or peculiar phenomena, from astrophysics to gravity in higher dimensions. 

Talks occur on Thursdays at 1:00 pm.


QUANTUM GRAVITY

Chair: Sebastian Steinhaus

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Gravity

Talks occur on Thursdays at 2:30 pm.


MATHEMATICAL SERIES

Chairs: Theo Johnson-Freyd, Alex Weekes
This series consists of talks in the area of Mathematical Physics.

Talks occur on Thursdays at 1:30 pm. .


Machine Learning Initiative

Chair: Roger Melko

The adoption of machine learning (ML) into theoretical physics comes on the heels of an explosion of industry progress that started in 2012. Since that time, computer scientists have demonstrated that learning algorithms - those designed to respond and adapt to new data - provide an exceptionally powerful platform for tackling many difficult tasks in image recognition, natural language comprehension, game play and more. This new breed of ML algorithm has now conquered benchmarks previously thought to be decades away due to their high mathematical complexity. In the last several years, researchers at Perimeter have begun to examine machine learning algorithms for application to a new set of problems, including condensed matter, quantum information, numerical relativity, quantum gravity and astrophysics.