Conference on Quantum Machine Learning Plus
Innsbruck, Austria, 17 - 21 September 2018

Quantum machine learning arises from the interplay of two fields of research, each one challenging in its own right: on the one hand, classical machine learning and artificial intelligence; on the other, quantum physics, with its growing list of fundamental insights and technological applications. This combination gives rise to fascinating possibilities and diverse lines of scientific inquiry. Practical questions like "How can quantum information processing improve classical machine learning?" and "How can machine learning help us harness quantum systems?" are already being pursued in extensive research programmes. Beyond that, the contact between foundational physics and artificial intelligence also raises more fundamental questions, such as "What are the limits  and even the meaning  of learnability in a quantum world?" and "How can artificial intelligence assist in scientific research, and what role might it soon play in our everyday lives?" 

QML+ will provide a forum for leading researchers in both classical and quantum domains to discuss such applied and fundamental questions, bringing together various perspectives in order to establish connections and identify the most promising directions for future developments of this emerging area of research.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include

  • quantum-enhanced machine learning
  • applications of artificial intelligence in physics research and quantum experiments
  • quantum computational learning theory
  • learning in quantum systems
  • causality and inference in quantum theory
  • cutting-edge classical AI topics


The conference is funded by the SFB Foundations and Applications of Quantum Science.

List of speakers

We are pleased to confirm the following invited speakers. Titles and abstracts of their talks will be included on this page as they become available.

  • Rainer Blatt (IQOQI, University of Innsbruck)
  • Jan Broersen (Utrecht University)
  • Rafael Chaves (International Institute of Physics, UFRN)
  • Giulio Chiribella (University of Oxford)
  • Wolfgang Lechner (University of Innsbruck)
  • Alexey Melnikov (University of Innsbruck)
  • Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (Rigetti Computing)
  • Francesco Petruccione (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Justus Piater (University of Innsbruck)
  • Aske Plaat (Leiden University)
  • Patrick Rebentrost (MIT)
  • Renato Renner (ETH Zurich)
  • Matthias Rupp (Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
  • Matthias Troyer (ETH Zurich/Microsoft)
  • Ronald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI, University of Amsterdam)
  • Mário Ziman (Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Poster Session

In addition to the above invited speakers, we hope to provide a diverse overview over current developments in all branches of QML by giving participants the opportunity to present their work at a poster session. We aim to make this a dynamic and interactive event by actively encouraging the engagement both of presenters and of attendees viewing the posters. Moreover, the work presented at the poster session will also be featured in a book of abstracts. If you wish to submit your work for consideration in this category, please include a title and abstract in the registration form.


The conference is centred around a selection of invited talks (see titles and abstracts here), but participants will also have the opportunity to present their own work at a poster session. Activities will run from Monday morning until Friday before lunch. The following is a tentative schedule:



Mon 17

Tue 18

Wed 19

Thu 20

Fri 21

9:00 - 10:15

8:30 Registration

9:30 Introduction


de Wolf



10:45 - 12:00






12:00 - 14:00



12:00 Renner

13:15 Lunch



14:00 - 15:15



 Free afternoon

15:30 City walk

(please sign up) 






15:15 - 16:30




17:00 - 19:00

Poster session

Panel discussion

19:00 Conference dinner

(AUIS - Museumstr 24)

Poster session



Registration deadline: August 20th, 2018. Registration is now closed.

The registration fee is 270€, which includes lunch (on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) as well as all coffee breaks. 

Venue and accommodation

Innsbruck is situated in the middle of the Alps, at an altitude of about 570m. Innsbruck has hosted the Olympic winter games twice, but it is also a popular destination in summer or autumn. Sights include the historic old town, Ambras Castle, and the ski jump arena at Bergisel, but also cable cars that offer quick access to the mountains, with scenic views of Innsbruck and the Inn valley. For more information, see

The conference will be held at Hotel Grauer Bär, a classic 4* Hotel which is in walking distance to the city center – see map of the area. In order to reserve a room at the conference hotel (subject to availability), please contact Grauer Bär directly. (If you registered for the conference before July 30th and requested a hotel reservation, you do not need to contact the hotel yourself.) Note that Innsbruck is a popular destination for tourists, so we suggest booking your accommodation as early as possible.

How to get here

Direct Flights and Trains:

There are direct flights to Innsbruck from Frankfurt and Vienna, but also from other European cities (seasonally). Many national and international trains stop at Innsbruck main station.

From Munich

  • By train: There is a good train connection from Munich to Innsbruck. From the airport, take the S1 or S8 (S-Bahn) to Munich main station, from where direct trains to Innsbruck leave. Some of these trains also stop at Munich east (München Ost), which might provide you with a faster connection from the airport. The journey takes around 2 - 2.5 hours. For further details, check the Austrian railway webpage.
  • By shuttle: Four Seasons Travel can pick you up at the airport in Munich and transfer you directly to your hotel. The price is 54€ for a one-way transfer and 92€ for a roundtrip.

In Innsbruck

The conference takes place at Hotel Grauer Bär, which is in walking distance to the city center. From the airport, take bus line "F" until stop "Anichstraße/Rathausgalerie", from where it is a 10 minute walk to the hotel.

From the main train station, take bus line "4" or "R" until bus stop "Polizeidirektion", or take tram 3 to "Museumstrasse", from where it is a 5 minute walk to the hotel.

Further information is available at or you may search for further connections with the local public transport IVB.

Map of the bus/tram stops close to the hotel


QML+ is organised by Hans Briegel, Vedran Dunjko and Katja Ried. Feel free to get in touch at

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