WHAT IS QISS?
QISS is a fundamental research initiative across disciplines, in the broader fields of Quantum Information and Quantum Gravity. We aim to found the physics of quantum spacetime on an information theoretical basis, bring within reach empirical access to quantum gravity phenomenology using technologies that quantum manipulate gravitating mesoscopic masses, and promote an extensive interaction between physicists and philosophers. The conceptual premise of QISS is to deepen the current understanding of this slippery but crucial notion that is rapidly taking a central role in our understanding of the structure of reality: Information.
The broader scope of the collaboration is to establish a long term research program that brings together the communities represented towards the common goal of unravelling the Quantum Information Structure of Gravity. We provide a forum and resources for researchers interested at the interface of Quantum Information and Quantum Gravity.
QISS was initially conceived from interactions between the Quantum Gravity Group of the Center for Theoretical Physics and the Laboratory of Informatics and Systems at the University of Aix-Marseille, France. It was concretely conceived as a multinational initiative during a preliminary meeting at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in November 2018, and took off by a generous three year grant by the John Templeton Foundation awarded to the Center for Space, Time and the Quantum that coordinates the project. The QISS consortium is now composed of thirteen research groups and several external associates, bringing together 100+ researchers in fundamental physics and computer science. QISS supports post-doctoral fellowships, PhD scholarships, a series of colloquiums and visiting fellowship programs.