Bob Coecke (Oxford)
How Computer Science Helps to Bring Quantum Physics to the Masses

We present computational aspects of quantum theory in a computer science dress and show how this not only helps towards novel quantum technologies but also allows for a more intuitive presentation of the theory which doesn't require a background in mathematical physics. In particular, the language that we will use closely resembles flowcharts. We also illustrate how this research is transcendental with respect to disciplinary boundaries and has helped in solving problems in other areas, most notably, natural language processing.

References:

B. Coecke (2010) Quantum picturalism. Contemporary Physics 51, 59-83. http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.1787

New Scientist (2010) Quantum links let computers understand language. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827903.200-quantum-links-lters-understand-language.html