International conference on

       Hot Topics in Physical Informatics


                                 HotPI - 2013


The debates are now up on youtube:

On the left are Renato Renner and Eleni Diamanti (Pro team). The moderator is Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano. On the right are Vadim Makarov and Horace Yuen (Con team).

On the left are Neal Anderson and Renato Renner (Pro team). The moderator is Alexander Kirk. Next Ferdinand Peper (Pro/Con). Then on the right Robert Alicki,
Wolfgang Porod, and Laszlo B. Kish (Con team).

On the left are Phil Hemmer and Derek Abbott (Pro team). The moderator is Wolfgang Porod. Then Alexander Kirk Pro/Con. On the right are
Michel Dyakonov and Laszlo B. Kish (Con team).


November 10-13, 2013.  Paper submission: see below.

Location: The Fourth Conference Room of Jixian Hotel, Hunan University, Changsha city,  Hunan, China.
Note: Changsha has an international airport (CSX).
Conference fee: 0

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Scope of HOTPI-2013:

Physical informatics is the field where the laws of physics are utilized to make new schemes for logic, computing, and communication systems or to analyze the fundamental limits of their performance. In-spite of years of development (and much hype in the media), there remains a great deal of controversy surrounding many of the developments, and this has clouded the interpretation of the relevant physics in numerous discussions.

During the regular sessions invited and regular speakers will present their papers. Out of these sessions, several debate sessions will also be arranged, see below. At these discussions, a "Pro" and a "Con" team will present their points
and then publicly debate the other panel's arguments with the active participation of a Moderator and that of the Audience, while these sessions will be recorded and published.

The following public discussions are planned:

i) Debate session about the security of quantum key distribution.

  Questions to be debated:

  Moderator: Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano (Univ. Pavia)

  Pro Team: Eleni Diamanti (CNRS - TÚlÚcom ParisTech) and Renato Renner (ETH)

  Con Team:
Vadim Makarov (Univ. Waterloo) and Horace Yuen (Northwestern Univ.)                   

ii) Debate session about the possibility of reversible computing and the validity of Landauer's principle (including Maxwell demons and Szilard engines).

  Questions to be debated:

  Moderator: Dave Ferry/Alexander Kirk (ASU)

  Pro Team: Neal Anderson (Univ. Massach. Amherst), Renato Renner (ETH)

  Pro-only-irreversible-but-dissipative-Brownian computers: Ferdinand Peper  (NICT, Kobe); Rest: Con

  Con Team:
Robert Alicki, Laszlo B. Kish (TAMU), Wolfgang Porod (Univ. Notre Dame)

iii) Debate session about the future of quantum computing.

  Questions to be debated:

  Moderator: Wolfgang Porod (Univ. Notre Dame)

  Pro Team: Derek Abbott  (Univ. Adelaide),  Phil Hemmer (TAMU), Dave Ferry/Alexander Kirk (ASU) - partial-Pro

  Con Team
FTM 2012 article updated Michel Dyakonov (Univ. Montpellier), Laszlo Kish (TAMU)


Papers will be published as open-access publications in  International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series  after the meeting. Note change of deadline at the bottom of this page. (Also note other change: due to participants' requests, no pre-conference virtual proceedings will be published.)

Keywords (incomplete list):

  Logic, computing and communications schemes;

  Energy dissipation versus speed, error probability;

  Irreversibility versus reversibility;

  Computational complexity (hardware/time) and energy dissipation;

  Secure physical information schemes;

Tools: Error correction; Signal processing; etc;

:  He Wen <>;  David Ferry <>; Laszlo Kish <>

Invited talks

  Derek Abbott  (Univ. Adelaide):  Is unconditionally secure classical communication without a public key possible?

  Robert Alicki (Univ. Gdansk): Stability versus reversibility  in information processing

  Neal Anderson (Univ. Massach. Amherst): Irreversible Information Loss: Fundamental Notions and Physical Costs
FTM 2012 article updated
  Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano (Univ. Pavia): Quantum field theory as emergent from pure processing of quantum information

  Eleni Diamanti (
CNRS - TÚlÚcom ParisTech): Implementation of quantum cryptographic protocols using practical photonic systems

  Michel Dyakonov (Univ. Montpellier II, France): Prospects for Quantum Computing: Extremely Doubtful 

  Dave Ferry (ASU): Are there quantum jumps?

  Phil Hemmer (TAMU): Biological spinoffs of room-temperature diamond-based quantum computers

  Laszlo B. Kish (TAMU): Demons: Maxwell demon; Szilard engine; and Landauer's erasure-dissipation

  Vadim Makarov (Univ. Waterloo): Hacking of quantum cryptography

  Robert Mingesz (Univ. Szeged): Unconditional security by classical physics: experiments

  Makoto Naruse (NICT, Tokyo): Near-field nanophotonics for computing and security

  John D. Norton (Univ. Pittsburgh): A No Go Result for the Thermodynamics of Computation

  Masanao Ozawa (Nagoya Univ.): Universal uncertainty principle implies limitations
      on quantum computing and security of quantum communication.

  Ferdinand Peper  (NICT, Kobe): On token-based fluctuation-driven circuits and their energy consumption

  Wolfgang Porod (Univ. Notre Dame): Physical and Logical Reversibility in Computation

  Renato Renner (ETH): Landauer's Principle revisited

  Janusz Smulko (Univ. Gdansk):
Performance analysis of the "intelligent" Kirchhoff-law-Johnson-noise secure key exchange

  Horace Yuen (Northwestern Univ.): Conditional and unconditional quantum security

  Suhail Zubairy (TAMU): Protocol for counterfactual optical communication


  Conference Chair: He Wen (Hunan University, China)

  Conference Co-Chairs: David Ferry (ASU) and Laszlo B. Kish (TAMU)

 International Advisory Committee

   Derek Abbott (Univ. Adelaide)

   Neal Anderson (Univ. Massach. Amherst)

   Sergey Bezrukov (NIH)

   David Ferry (ASU)

   Zoltan Gingl (Univ. Szeged)

   Phil Hemmer (TAMU)

   Tamas Horvath (Fraunhofer, Bonn, Germany)

   Subhash Kak (OSU)

   Holger Kantz (Max Planck, Dresden)

   Sunil Khatri (TAMU)

   Laszlo B. Kish (TAMU)

   Andreas Klappenecker (TAMU)

   Robert Mingesz (Univ. Szeged)

   Makoto Naruse (NICT, Tokyo, Japan)

   John Norton (Univ. Pittsburgh)

   Ferdinand Peper (NICT, Kobe, Japan)

   Wolfgang Porod (Univ. Notre Dame)

   He Wen (Hunan Univ, China)

   Horace Yuen (Northwestern Univ.)

Scientific Program Committee

   Chair: David Ferry

   Co-Chairs: Yijia Cao, Laszlo B. Kish, Yaonan Wang

   Derek Abbott  (Univ. Adelaide)

   Neal Anderson
(Univ. Massach. Amherst)

   Yijia Cao (Hunan Univ.)

   Zoltan Gingl (Univ. Szeged, Hungary)

   Phil Hemmer  (TAMU)

   He Wen
(Hunan Univ.)

   Horace Yuen (Northwestern Univ.)

 Local Organizing Committee

   Chair: Yijia Cao (Hunan Univ.)

   Co-Chairs: Yaonan Wang and Guihua Zeng

   Yijia Cao (Hunan Univ.)

   Xiaoguang Hu (Beijing Univ. of Aero. & Astro.)

Zhaosheng Teng (Hunan Univ.)

   Yaonan Wang (Hunan Univ.)

   He Wen
(Hunan Univ.)

   Yuxiang Yang (Xi'An Univ. of Tech.)

   Guihua Zeng (Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.)

Abstract submission:  By email to:  .  Deadline:
August 31, 2013.

Paper submission for  publication in International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series  by email to: , deadline September 30, 2013.
Authors must use the formatting requirements of International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series where template files offer a convenient formatting. Page limit: Invited talks: 12 pages; Regular talks: 8 pages.