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Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics (#ITIQM) is a two day workshop taking place June 11-12, 2016 at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. This is the 20th annual UWO philosophy of physics conference. To view the conference program and additional resources, please visit the conference page.

The workshop is inspired by Jeffrey Bub’s forthcoming book Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press). The workshop will bring together diverse views on issues raised by and related to Professor Bub’s work on developing an information-theoretic interpretation of quantum theory.

The workshop will consist of six sessions, one of which will be a special session dedicated to Professor Bub’s new book. After leading off this special session with a summary of his book, Professor Bub will then yield the floor to a distinguished panel of commentators: Leah Henderson (Groningen), Allen Stairs (Maryland), and Matthew Leifer (Chapman), who will present their views on Professor Bub’s interpretation. In addition to the special session, the workshop will include other sessions dedicated to further topics related to information theoretic interpretations of quantum mechanics.

The workshop will be preceded by a graduate student conference, the 16th Annual Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics (LMP) Graduate Student Conference. Information about past conferences can be found here.


  • Jeffrey Bub (University of Maryland, Philosophy, IPST, QuICS)
  • Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal, Computer Science)
  • Armond Duwell (University of Montana, Philosophy)
  • Laura Felline (Roma Tre University, Philosophy)
  • Marissa Giustina (University of Vienna, Physics)
  • Lucien Hardy (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
  • Richard Healey (University of Arizona, Philosophy)
  • Leah Henderson (University of Groningen, Philosophy)
  • Matthew Leifer (Chapman University, Physics)
  • Matthew Pusey (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
  • Rüdiger Schack (Royal Holloway University of London, Mathematics)
  • Robert Spekkens (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
  • Allen Stairs (University of Maryland, Philosophy)


  • Wayne Myrvold (Western University, Philosophy)
  • Markus Müller (Western University, Philosophy and Applied Mathematics & Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
  • Lucas Dunlap (Western University, Rotman Institute of Philosophy)
  • Michael Cuffaro (Western University, Rotman Institute of Philosophy & LMU Munich, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy)



On-campus Parking: The most convenient free lot on campus is Medway. It is about a 5 minute walk to the conference location. There is also a paid lot on Perth drive called Middlesex. Maps and further details are available on the conference website.

For those who require accommodations in London, we recommend…

  • Each Summer, one of the Western campus dorms acts as something like a B&B. Starting at $65/night, it is an inexpensive alternative to a hotel. Reservations can be made online.
  • Guest House on the Mount is another low-priced option (rates starting at $39/night), and is located next to Western’s Campus.

Other nearby hotels include:

Individuals travelling to London may choose to fly directly into the London airport (YXU), or instead fly into either Toronto or Detroit, MI. An airpot shuttle service, Robert Q, offers transportation from London to these other nearby airports.


This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics is co-sponsored by the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing at University of Waterloo, and Research Western.