Complexity and quantum science seem to have little in common. One deals with the science of the very large – seeking to understand how how unexpected phenomena can emerge in vast systems consisting of many interacting components. The other is typically associated with the mechanics of the very small – the interactions of individual atoms and atoms.
Yet, the two sciences share surprising connections. A system that appears complex to classical observers may look much simpler to one capable of quantum reasoning [Nat. comm 3 762], while even simple spins systems display emergent macroscopic properties [Nature 459, 332-334].
The Quantum and Complexity Science initiative seeks to further this symbiosis. Our research is naturally in scope, spanning various areas of both quantum and complexity science. In doing so, we aim to build a truly interdisciplinary group where quantum information and complexity theorists can interact, and thus pioneer new paths of research that span the two sciences.
QuCSI is based within the Complexity Institute and the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, and also enjoys the support of the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.