Greetings SQuInT Community!
We are delighted to welcome you to Baton Rouge for the 19th Annual SQuInT Workshop.
It is especially exciting for the Center for Computation and Technology at LSU to be welcoming such a talented and diverse group of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians working on quantum information science. SQuInT has a longstanding tradition of excellence in bringing together these communities to address the widespread challenges of quantum information science, and we at LSU are looking forward to continuing this tradition.
As you might have seen in the news, many members of the LSU and larger Baton Rouge communities are going through a difficult time due to the recent "1000-year" flood, which has wrought devastation unexpectedly. The Baton Rouge area has never seen a flood like this before, and so many of the affected areas were not prepared for what happened. One positive effect of this tragedy is that it has brought together friends, family, and communities to help out those who are in need, but there is much hard work ahead for those affected by the flooding. Fortunately, the LSU campus and much of its surrounding area were spared during this unexpected flood, and so the fall academic semester at LSU is proceeding as expected.
Finally, SQuInT 2017 will be occurring during the festive season of Mardi Gras. While at SQuInT 2017 we will be focusing on scientific progress in the field of quantum information, we encourage the curious tourist in every participant to take part in the Mardi Gras activities in New Orleans, which is a 1.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge. There are famous, historic parades that will take place on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (Feb. 25-28), for example, the Spanish Town Parade in downtown Baton Rouge. Find more information about Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Baton Rouge for SQuInT!
Mark M. Wilde, Assistant Professor
19th Annual SQuInT Workshop Co-organizer and Host
Louisiana State University
SQuInT Chief Organizer
Akimasa Miyake, Assistant Professor
Mark M. Wilde, Assistant Professor LSU
SQuInT Event Coordinator
Karen Jones, LSU
Ivan Deutsch, Regents' Professor