Topological Quantum Computing


A Symposium at ETH Zurich 29th-31st August 2009

This is the 8th in the series of Topological Symposia. The preceeding ones being in Paris, Dublin, Leeds and Munich.

Topological Quantum Computation is an exciting young field which draws on many areas of Theoretical Physics. Its focus is the exploitation of topologically ordered systems for quantum information processing. The aim of the symposium is to bring together an international set of experts and encourage them to share their latest ideas and start new collaborations. In particular, we hope to bridge the gap between the (already numerous) different communities (solid state, numerics, mathematical physics, quantum information, etc.) working in this area.

The 8th symposium will be held at ETH Zurich from the 29th to the 31st August 2009 and involves the groups of Atac Imamoglu, Renato Renner and Matthias Troyer. The main scientific organizers are Roger Colbeck and Cyril Stark.


If you wish to participate, please email Roger Colbeck: with your dates of attendance. If you are interested in giving a talk, please send us a title and short abstract. Note that we may not be able to accept all talks. Please also let us know whether you wish to attend the conference dinner on 30th August (deadline 15th August if you wish to attend the dinner). This will take place at the magnificent UTO Kulm restaurant which overlooks Zurich. If you are attending the dinner, please also let us know if you are vegetarian.

There will be no conference fee, but participants are expected to take care of their own expenses.


The meeting will take place in the Computer Science Department (building RZ, room F 21) of ETH. This is a short walk from Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Zurich main station), a 10 minute train ride from Zurich airport.

If you are travelling by air, we recommend flying to Zurich.  However, both Basel and Bern are reachable by train in roughly 1hr30, and Geneva in about 4hrs.  The connection can be checked on the SBB website.

For local directions, please consult the site information page. We have also made a map showing the venue as well as the hotels and a few local restaurants.

To access the building, please use the entrance at Clausiusstrasse 59 (see map above).


Programme and Slides of Talks


We are pleased to receive support from the Center For Theoretical Studies, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.