Randomness in Quantum Physics and Beyond
May 4-8, 2015

The concept of randomness fascinates all types of thinkers, from philosophers to mathematicians, computer scientists and physicists. Within this conference, these different communities will have the opportunity to interact, discuss the basis of their interests in randomness, and explain their varying perspectives, with the goal of establishing bridges and commonalities.

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About Us

A few words about ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences was created in 2002 by the government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia as a center of research excellence devoted to the science and technologies of light with a triple mission: to conduct frontier research, train the next generation of scientists, and provide knowledge and technology transfer. Today, it is one of the top research centres worldwide in its category as measured by the Mapping Scientific Excellence ranking.

Research at ICFO targets the forefront of science and technology based on light with programs directed at applications in Health, Renewable Energies, Information Technologies, Security and Industrial processes, among others. The institute hosts 300 professionals based in a dedicated building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Researchers at ICFO publish in the most prestigious journals and collaborate with a wide range of companies around the world. The institute runs a vigorous technology transfer program in which more than 30 national and international industries participate. It has also created 5 spin-off companies to date. The institute is generously supported by Cellex Foundation Barcelona, which supports several frontier research projects and programs focused on young talented researchers.

A few words on The John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. They encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

Our vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton’s optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn,” exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.



  • Hans Briegel, University of Innsbruck
  • Nicolas Gisin, GAP-Quantique
  • Carl Hoefer, The Rotman Institute of Philosophy
  • Valerio Scarani, Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • Umesh Vazirani, University of California at Berkeley


  • Antonio Acin, ICFO
  • Marek Kus, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Maciej Lewenstein, ICFO


  • Jean-Daniel Bancal
    Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • Ariel Bendersky
  • Jeffrey Bub
    University of Maryland
  • Jeremy Butterfield
    University of Cambridge
  • Gregory Chaitin
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Roger Colbeck
    University of York
  • Vedran Dunjko
    University of Innsbruck
  • Carl Hoefer
    The Rotman Institute of Philosophy
  • Stephen Jordan
  • Morgan Mitchell
  • Thomas Muller
    University of Konstanz
  • Wayne Myrvold
    University of Western Ontario
  • Andrzej Nowak
    University of Warsaw
  • Marcin Pawlowski
    National Quantum Information Centre in Gdansk
  • Stefano Pironio
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Gilles Pütz
  • Renato Renner
  • Grégoire Ribordy
  • Yaoyun Shi
    University of Michigan
  • Janek Wehr
    University of Arizona
  • Stephanie Wehner
    Delft University of Technology


The conference will start on Monday at 9:15 and finish on Friday at 13:00.

On Thursday, there will be two talks for a general public at Cosmocaixa, the Barcelona Science Museum, by Valerio Scarani and Gregory Chaitin. The talks will be in Spanish and there is an entrance.

More information here



The Col·legi major is located in one of the best zones of Barcelona. Next to the Diagonal, between Francesc Macià square and Maria Cristina square. 200 mts. From stores at l’ Illa, 300 mts. from subway. You can find the exact location at the corresponding section.

The address is:
Passatge Ricard Zamora 4/8
08017 Barcelona, Spain


For indications about access by public and private transport, please click HERE

Technical Secretariat

Contact persons: Jaume Pros & Jordi Estrada
Phone: +34 931.868.481
Email: qrandom@icfo.eu / info@int-meetings.com
VAT NUMBER: B65695256
Address: C/Blanco 42 Local 2 08028 Barcelona


Registration is now closed


Download Book of Abstracts

Download Posters list

Format of the Poster: Vertical A0

The poster session will take place on 5th May at 14:30 until 16:30 in the sports area of Col.legi Major Sant Jordi.
You’ll be able to hang your poster after 10:30 AM and you’ll have to take it down at the end of the session.


Test your randomness

Are you the most random researcher at the conference? We have prepared a webpage to test your ability to generate random numbers, see: http://random.icfo.eu/conference.html. We are looking for the most random person attending the conference, who will get a prize at the conference dinner. Give a look at the webpage and participate!


• Standard Registration: 200€
• Students: 150€
(21% Vat included)

Registration fee includes coffee breaks, conference bag and conference dinner. Lunch not included.


We may be able to allocate part of the conference budget to the financial support of junior researchers (postdocs and PhD students).
The exact number of grants available (if any) and the amount of funding will depend on the overall budget. More information about the travel grants is available at the online registration form.


Registration deadline: 15th April
Deadline for grant applications: 31st March. Results will be announced on 7th April.


The registration fee, as well as the hotel reservation, can be payed by credit card or wire transfer. At the end of the registration process you will be able to choose your payment method according to your needs:

A) Credit card: VISA, VISA ELECTRON and MASTERCARD are accepted. No other cards are accepted.

B) Bank transfer: Please forward the proof of your payment to technical secretariat. We kindly ask you to write your ID QUANTUM number or your name and last name when making a wire transfer.



Will be done only via wire transfer regardless of the original payment method. Note that if your account is from outside the EU and/or in another currency different from Euros, any bank fee will be debited to you.


If you choose to cancel after 4th April, the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the cost of both accommodation and registration. All cancellations must be sent by email to the technical secretariat.
Registration deadline: 15th April.

Technical Secretariat

Contact persons: Jaume Pros & Jordi Estrada
Phone: +34 931.868.481
Email: qrandom@icfo.eu / info@int-meetings.com
VAT NUMBER: B65695256
Address: C/Blanco 42 Local 2 08028 Barcelona