Please note: This is the program of the 2018 IU conference. To view the topics of our next (2020) conference, click here.

Tuesday 3 July
12:30 - 13:30 Registration
Session Emergent Space-Time and Gravity
13:30 - 13:40 Opening Edwin Valentijn Kapteyn Insitute, University of Groningen, NL
13:40 - 14:30 Keynote: Spacetime microstructure, Gravity and the Cosmos Thanu Padmanabhan Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, IN
14:30 - 14:50 Information Retrieval From Black Holes Sumanta Chakraborty Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, IN
14:50 - 15:20 Invited: Unraveling black holes with gravitational waves Chris Van Den Broeck Van Swinderen Institute, University of Groningen, NL
15:20 - 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 - 16:30 Keynote: String Theory, Emergent Gravity and the Dark Universe Erik Verlinde Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam, NL
16:30 - 16:50 Hints towards the Emergent Nature of Gravity Manus Visser Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam, NL
16:50 - 17:10 Testing Verlinde's Emergent Gravity using Gravitational Lensing Margot Brouwer Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam, NL
17:10 - 17:30 Emergent Gravity as a Relic of Quantum Spacetime Dawood Kothawala Indian Institute of Technology Madras, IN
17:30 - 17:45 Room for discussion
17:45 - 18:00 Group photo
18:00 - 19:30 Dinner buffet
19:30 - 20:00 Break
20:00 - 21:00 Public Talk: Cosmic History and Mysteries Thanu Padmanabhan Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, IN
Wednesday 4 July
Session Information and the Theory of Everything
9:00 - 9:20 On the origin of physical information Stefano Gottardi Simbeyond B.V. Eindhoven, NL
9:20 - 9:40 How the universe computes Stephen Anastasi The Scots PGC College, AU
9:40 - 10:00 The complexity and information content of (simulated) cosmic structures Franco Vazza Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna, IT
10:00 - 10:50 Coffee break
Session Life Science and Biology
10:50 - 11:30 Keynote: Information in the brain - From understanding to non-Turing computing Karlheinz Meier Human Brain Project, University of Heidelberg, DE
11:30 - 12:00 Invited: How Much Coral Habitat is there globally? An Ecological Modelling and Remote Sensing Journey Chris Roelfsema Remote Sensing Research Centre, University of Queensland, AU
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 13:55 Big data analysis of public datasets to improve the genetic diagnostic process Patrick Deelen University Medical Center Groningen, NL
13:55 - 14:20 GAVIN: Gene-Aware Variant INterpretation for medical sequencing Joeri van der Velde University Medical Center Groningen, NL
14:20 - 14:50 Coffee break
Session Machine Learning
14:50 - 15:30 Keynote: Making complex data speak Ashish Mahabal California Institute of technology, US
15:30 - 15:50 Detection of Ultra Diffuse Galaxies in the Fornax Deep Survey Reynier Peletier Kapteyn Insitute, University of Groningen, NL
15:50 - 16:10 Learning What Questions to Ask About Dark Energy Andrew Arrasmith UC Davis Physics/Los Alamos National Labs, US
16:10 - 16:30 Machine-Learning Strategies for Variable Source Classification Nina Hernitschek California Institute of technology, US
16:30 - 17:00 Extra time
18:30 - 22:00 Conference Dinner
Thursday 5 July
Session Information, Complexity and handling Big Data
9:30 - 10:10 Keynote: Hidden Order in the Informational Structure of Life Peter Sloot Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam, NL
10:10 - 10:40 Invited: Information from the cosmic dark ages Pratika Dayal Kapteyn Insitute, University of Groningen, NL
10:40 - 11:10 Invited: Big data and visualization in the Jupyter Notebook Maarten Breddels Freelance developer / consultant, NL
11:10 - 11:40 Coffee break
11:40 - 12:10 Facts and Fakes: data validation beyond big data Edwin Valentijn Kapteyn Insitute, University of Groningen, NL
12:10 - 12:40 Design, Drag & Drop and Deploy your own deep learning application in minutes! Bas Beukers Horus VR Experience, Groningen, NL
12:40 - 13:00 Machine learning as a service or custom built solutions? Jean-Paul van Oosten Target Holding, Groningen, NL
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 14:30 Full-dome movie
Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
14:30 - 14:50 The Hunt for the first Black Hole image Remo Tilanus Leiden Observatory & Radboud University, NL
14:50 - 15:15 Unknowable Determinism: An Atomic Theory of Space and Time Edward Fredkin The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, US
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break
Session Quantum Information and Computation
15:45 - 16:15 Invited: Quantum entanglement and space-time Michael Walter QuSoft, University of Amsterdam, NL
16:15 - 16:35 The Signature of Accelerated Detectors in Cavities Richard Lopp Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, US
16:35 - 17:00 Organizing the Universe with Dark Matter: Maximizing Complexity in Cosmic Structures Sinziana Paduroiu Quantum Gravity Research, US
Friday 6 July
9:00 - 9:40 Keynote: From quantum surprises to quantum devices Lieven Vandersypen QuTech, Delft University of Technology, NL
Session Cosmology, large-scale structure and the Euclid satellite
9:40 - 10:10 Invited: Cosmology and more with Euclid Henk Hoekstra Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, NL
10:10 - 10:30 Euclid - a data driven space mission René Laureijs European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), NL
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:40 Keynote: Bending the Universe Alan Heavens Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology, Imperial College London, UK
11:40 - 12:10 Invited: Lighting up Einstein's dark Universe Alessandra Silvestri Lorentz Insitute, University of Leiden, NL
12:10 - 12:40 Geometry of the Local Universe Johan Hidding Netherlands eScience Center / University of Groningen, NL
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 13:50 The crumpling of primordial information in the cosmic spider web Mark Neyrinck University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, SP
13:50 - 14:20 Invited: Cosmic web analysis and Information Theory Florent Leclercq Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology, London, UK
14:20 - 14:50 Past, Present and Future in cosmology Daan Meerburg Universities of Cambridge and Groningen, NL
14:50 - 15:30 Final Plenary Discussion