"Quantum Physics meets TARK"

The workshop "Quantum Physics meets TARK" takes place on Friday July 15, 2011 in Groningen, immediately after the TARK conference.

The aim of this wokshop is to explore the connections between traditional TARK topics and quantum physics. While TARK traditionally focuses on the theoretical aspects of rationality and knowledge, quantum mechanics and quantum computation focus on the fundamental link between physical reality and informational (knowledge-acquiring) actions, such as observations and measurements. We think one can gain new insights from combining methods and concepts coming from these two lines of research. On the one hand, we are interested in how techniques from quantum physics can help us reason about knowledge or rational decision making. On the other hand, we are interested in how the logical and game-theoretical techniques traditionally associated with TARK (coming from epistemic logic, belief revision, dynamic logic, temporal logic, probabilistic learning, resource-sensitive logics, epistemic game theory, decision-theoretic methods etc.) can be used to formalize physical theories, reason about their concepts or their applications, and provide some principled understanding of their foundations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • classical correlations versus quantum correlations;
  • classical games versus quantum games;
  • classical information flow versus quantum information flow;
  • logical methods for quantum computation;
  • quantum logic and its relation to logics of knowledge and action;
  • the use of quantum methods and concepts in decision theory, game theory and logic; game-theoretical logical semantics and foundations of quantum mechanics.