DAY 1 (26 March)

Session 1 : Keynote Speaker (9.00am - 10.00am)

Quantum Reality Unveiled Through Process and the Implicate Order
Prof. Basil Hiley (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Morning Coffee (10.00am – 10.30am)

Session 2: Foundations of quantum interaction I (10.30am – 11.30am)

Why Quantum Theory?
K. Kitto (Queensland University of Technology, AUS)

Artificial Intelligence and Nature's Fundamental Process
P. Marcer and P. Rowlands (University of Liverpool, U.K.)

Lunch (11.30am-1.30pm)

Session 3: Foundations of quantum interaction II (1.30pm – 3.00pm)

When is a set of data best described by a quantum (like) theory?
S. Aerts and D. Aerts (Brussels Free University, Belgium)

Formula of total probability, interference, and quantum-like representation of data for experiments on disjunction effect
A. Khrennikov (Växjö University, Sweden)

A Causal Agent Quantum Ontology [slides]
K.B. Laskey (George Mason University, USA)

Afternoon Coffee (3.00pm-3.30pm)

Session 4: QM and Finance (3.30pm – 4.30pm)

Quantum Mechanics and Option Pricing
B. E. Baaquie (National University of Singapore)

Bohmian mechanics in the mechanics of option pricing
E. Haven (University of Leicester, U.K.)

Welcoming drinks (4.30pm – 7.30pm)

Session 5: Grant possibilities and international networks (5.00pm – 6.00pm)


DAY 2 (27 March)

Session 6: Keynote Speaker (9.00am - 10.00am)

Quantum Dissipation, Classicality and Brain Dynamics
Prof. Giuseppe Vitiello (Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica and Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare,
Universita' di Salerno, Italy)

Morning Coffee (10.00am – 10.30am)

Session 7: QM and cognition I (10.30am – 11.30am)

Distinguishing quantum and Markov models of human decision making
J.R. Busemeyer, E. Santuy (Indiana University, USA) and A. Lambert-Mogiliansky (Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques, France)

Partially Coherent Quantum Models for Human Two-choice Decisions
I.J. Fuss and D.J. Navarro (University of Adelaide, AUS)

Lunch (11.30pm – 1.30pm)

Session 8: QM and cognition II (1.30pm – 2.45pm)

Decision-Making under Non-classical Uncertainty
V.I. Danilov (Central Economical Mathematical Institute, Russia) and A. Lambert-Mogiliansky (Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques, France)

Projective expected utility
J. La Mura (Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany)

[position] The inverse fallacy and quantum formalism
R. Franco (Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Italy)

Afternoon Coffee (2.45pm – 3.00pm)

Session 9: QM and algorithms (3:00pm – 4.30pm)

Prospective Algorithms for Quantum Evolutionary Computation
D. Sofge (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)

The mechanics of information
K. Martin (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)

Local Quantum Computing for Fast Probably MAP Inference in Graphical Models
C. Fox, I. Rezek, and S. Roberts (University of Oxford, U.K.)

Session 10: Panel Discussion (4.30pm – 5.30pm)

“What have Birkhoff and von Neumann done for us over the past 70 years?”

Moderator: P. Bruza

Panelists [TBC]:

Prof. J. Busemeyer (Indiana University)
Dr. B. Coecke (University of Oxford)
Dr. K. Engesser (University of Konstanz)
Prof. C.J. van Rijsbergen (University of Glasgow)
Dr. D. Widdows (University of Oxford)

Conference Dinner (Keble Hall, 7pm –)

DAY 3 (28 March)

Session 11: QM and Meaning (9.00am – 10.00am)

Entangling words and meaning
P.D. Bruza, K. Kitto (Queensland University of Technology, AUS), D.L. Nelson and C.L. McEvoy (University of South Florida, USA)

Semantic Vector Products: Some Initial Investigations
D. Widdows (Google)

Morning coffee (10.00am – 10.30am)

Session 12: QM and Meaning II (10.30am – 11.30am)

A Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning
S. Clark, B. Coecke and M. Sadrzadeh (University of Oxford, U.K.)

Quantum Collapse in Semantic Space: Interpreting Natural Language Argumentation
P.D. Bruza (Queensland University of Technology, AUS) and J.H. Woods (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Session 13: QM and Information Retrieval (11.30am-12.45pm)

On quantum statistics in data analysis
D. Pavlovic (University of Oxford, U.K.)

Towards modeling implicit feedback with quantum entanglement [slides]
M. Melucci (University of Padua, Italy)

[position] Characterising through Erasing
A.F. Huertas-Rosero, L.A. Azzopardi and C.J. van Rijsbergen (University of Glasgow, Scotland)

Lunch (12.45pm – 2.30pm)

Session 14: QM and Complex Systems (2.30pm – 3:30pm)

Toward a classical (quantum) uncertainty principle of organizations
W.F. Lawless (Paine College, USA)

[Position] Quantum Mechanical Basis of Vision
R. Chakravarthi (New York University, USA) and A.K Rajagopal (George Mason University, USA)

[Position] Graphical human interfaces for quantum interaction
H.T. Goranson (EchoStorm Inc., USA)

Afternoon Coffee (3.30pm-4.00pm)

Session 15: Closing Discussion (And drinks?) (4.00pm – 5.00pm)

Relevant Topic Areas

The symposium will present research dealing with the use of concepts taken from the general body of research in QM on the physical, epistemological, mathematical or philosophical levels and applied to modeling and better understanding phenomena in the following areas:

-Language, Linguistics
-Logic, Artificial Intelligence
-Cognition, Brain (memory, cognitive processes, neural networks, consciousness)
-Information Processing and Retrieval
-Biological, Complex Systems
-Political, Cultural, Psychological or Social Sciences, Social Interaction
-Finance, Econophysics
-Organizations (mergers, corporate cultures, decision-making)
-Other (specify)

Submission Guidelines

Potential participants are invited to submit either a FULL paper (up to EIGHT pages), or a POSITION paper (up to FOUR pages). Each submission will be judged by at least two referees on technical merit and its potential to provoke active discussions.

Submissions, in PDF format, should be sent no later than 31 October 2007 to p.bruza@qut.edu.au using the subject line "QI-2008 Submission". In the email you should specify if you intend it to be a FULL or POSITION paper. All submissions should conform to the AAAI style format.

Typesetting instructions can be found at: http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/formatting-instructions.pdf

Further notes for authors can be located at : http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php

The organizers are considering having a number of accepted papers expanded and revised for possible inclusion in a special journal issue or in a book volume.




Quantum Mechanics (QM) is emerging from physics into non-quantum domains such as human language, cognition, information retrieval, biology, political science, economics, organizations, and social interaction. The organizers of the Second Quantum Interaction Symposium are interested in advancing and applying the methods and structures of QM to these and other non-quantum domains.

QI-2008 will bring together researchers interested in:

• The advancement of theory and experimentation for applying QM to non-quantum domains (included here is a clarification of what QT means in non-quantum domains)
• Applications of QM inspired methods to address, or to more efficiently solve, problems in non-quantum domains (including contrasts between classical vs. quantum methods)
• Applications to quantum domains, such as implementation of AI, or Information Retrieval (IR) techniques, on a quantum computer
• Use of QM to address previously unsolved problems in other fields

QI-2008 is the second Quantum Interaction conference, the first was held as a AAAI Symposium in March 2007 at Stanford, the website for it is here



Steering Committee
Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia (p.bruza@qut.edu.au)
William Lawless, Paine College, USA (lawlessw@mail.paine.edu)
C. J. van Rijsbergen, University of Glasgow, UK (keith@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Donald Sofge, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (don.sofge@nrl.navy.mil)

Organizing Committee
Bob Coecke, Oxford University, UK (Bob.Coecke@comlab.ox.ac.uk)
Stephen Clark, Oxford University, UK (Stephen.Clark@comlab.ox.ac.uk)

Programming Committee
Sven Aerts, Free University Brussels
Belal E Baaquie, National University of Singapore
Badredine Arfi, University of Florida
Kathryn Blackmond Laskey, George Mason University
Jerome Busemeyer, Indiana University
Teresa Castelao, Grand Valley State University
Laurent Chaudron, The French Aerospace Lab
Stephen Clark, Oxford University
Bob Coeckee, Oxford University
Dov Gabbay, Kings College London)
Andrei Grib, St. Petersburg State University
Liane Gabora, University of British Columbia
Emmanuel Haven, University of Leicester
Kisty Kitto, Queensland University of Technology
Andre Khrennikov, Vä xjö University
Michael Leyton, Rutgers University
Jorge Louca, ISCTE
Massimo Melucci, University of Padua
Pierefrancesco La Mura, Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Olga Nanasiova, Slovak University of Technology
Dusko Pavlovic, Kestrel Institute
Stephen Pullman, Oxford University
Dominic Widdows, Google
Alexander Wilce, Susquehanna University



Important Dates

Oct 31, 2007: Submissions due. Submit to p.bruza@qut.edu.au

Dec 07, 2007: Acceptance/rejection notices are mailed out.

Dec 10, 2007: Graduate student travel grant application due.

Jan 15, 2008: Acceptance/rejection notices for student travel mailed out.

Feb 11, 2008 (updated): Submit camera-ready copy

Mar 26, 2008: Start of the symposium.

Mar 28, 2008: End of the symposium.


The registration fee is £30, ideally to be paid in cash on the day of attendance.

There is an optional symposium dinner on Thursday (27th March), in Keble College Hall, at a cost of around £30. Please contact Stephen Clark (stephen.clark@comlab.ox.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.

Student Funding

The symposium offers limited funds to assist with travel expenses for graduate students who have their submissions accepted. To be considered for partial funding, please send an application to the symposium chair by 01 December 2007, including:

-your academic resume;
-one paragraph statement of interest;
-one paragraph statement of support written by your supervisor;
-detailed budget for your travel expenses.














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