November 25th-28th, 2008, in Nara
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
International Symposium on Physics of Quantum Technology was held over the 4 days of November 25 to 28 at the Nara Prefectural New Public Hall. At the symposium 22 foreign and domestic researchers held lectures and about 150 poster presentations were also made by mainly young researchers.
This symposium was co-hosted by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the National Institute of Informics (NII) to get a grip on what the research trends are in the quantum technology field and to allow mutual exchanges of opinions between foreign and domestic researchers to be publicly made.
The lecturers included 12 project leaders who are promoting research in the quantum technology field through the CREST, ERATO, ICORP, SORST, and Sakigake programs, as part of the JST Basic Research Programs, and 10 world famous foreign researchers active in the same field. At one of the lectures one of the JST project leaders and a foreign researcher introduced the latest results on the theme of quantum cryptography, Bose-Einstein condensation, and other research and opinions were exchanged, including from participants of the symposium. The poster sessions held on the evenings of the 25th and 27th were also highly successful, with passionate discussions taking place in front of the posters even after the scheduled closing time.
Although it was the first time the JST Basic Research Programs had hold a joint international symposium out of the program as many as 340 people took part in it, which we very much appreciate. The idea of submitting the latest and most advanced research results on the quantum computer that is being heralded as the “dream computer” from a Noh stage was also highly appreciated. The next symposium will be held in spring in 2 years time.
For more information on the programs etc please view the following poster (PDF)