'The Information Universe'

A conference to discuss the role of information in the physics of our Universe

7 9 October 2015

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The main ambition of this conference is to explore the question “What is the role of information in the physics of our Universe?“. This intellectual pursuit may have a key role in improving our understanding of the Universe at a time when we “build technology to acquire and manage Big Data“, “discover highly organized information systems in nature“ and “attempt to solve outstanding issues on the role of information in physics“. The conference intends to address the “in vivo“ (role of information in nature) and “in vitro“ (theory and models) aspects of the Information Universe.

The discussions about the role of information will include the views and thoughts of several disciplines: astronomy, physics, computer science, mathematics, life sciences, quantum computing, and neuroscience. Different scientific communities hold various and sometimes distinct formulations of the role of information in the Universe indicating we still lack understanding of its intrinsic nature. During this conference we will try to identify the right questions, which may lead us towards an answer.

10 speakers

  • Gerard 't Hooft Professor Theoretical Physics
  • Erik Verlinde Professor Theoretical Physics
  • Alex Szalay Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy
  • Gregory Chaitin Professor Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Tamara Davis Professor Cosmology & Astrophysics Centre of Excellence in All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Australia
  • Henry Markram Leader Brain Simulation Platform of the Human Brain Project EPFL, Switzerland
  • Renate Loll Professor Theoretical Physics (Quantum Gravity) IMAPP at Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Karlheinz Meier Leader Neuromorphic Computing Platform of the Human Brain Project University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Alessandra Silvestri Fellow of the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics Lorentz Institute at Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Barbara Terhal Professor Theoretical Physics (Condensed Matter) Institute for Quantum Information at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

3 known attendees

  • Andrea
  • Iva Kostadinova
  • Edwin A. Valentijn

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  • Edwin A. Valentijn

    Prof. Astronomical Information Technology, University of Groningen

  • Eric Bergshoeff

    Professor Theoretical High-Energy Physics, University of Groningen

  • Iva Kostadinova

    Communications officer

  • Rees Williams

    Scientific Project Manager (Target project), Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen

  • Rien van de Weijgaert

    Professor Cosmic Structure Formation,Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen

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Related books

  • A Universe from Nothing
  • The Monthly Sky Guide
  • A Dictionary of Astronomy
  • The Particle at the End of the Universe
  • Paradox
  • The Grand Design

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