ISQA - Information Security in the Quantum Age

Please note that this event has been postponed
due to the current insecurity with respect to the CORVID-19 outbreak.

16-20 March 2020 Okinawa, Japan

Uncompromisable information security can be only achieved by relying on unshakeable scientific principles in mathematics or physics. It is therefore directly connected to progress in fundamental research in both of these area and requires constant progress to advance.

However, to translate these results into useable technology and to maintain everyday security within the current technology, is a just as important goal to achieve.

In alignment with the goal of the Government of Japan to put quantum cryptography into practical use from 2025, this meeting will bring together Japanese and international  forefront researchers in experimental and theoretical approaches, to discuss the current status, make valuable connections and outline required future progress.

The number of participants is limited to about 50.

Location: OIST Seaside House, Okinawa, Japan

Contributions (alphabetical order): 


Najwa Aaraj (Crypto Center, UAE)
Challenges on Cryptographic Technologies with the advent of Quantum Computing

Rotem Arnon-Friedman (UC Berkeley, USA)
Device-independent quantum key distribution: security and challenges

Lum Chune Yang (SpeQtral)
Space-based Quantum Communications - A Start-up’s Journey

Roger Colbeck (University of York, UK)
Device-independent quantum random number generation: new protocols with higher rates

Claude Crepeau (McGill, Canada)
Practical Relativistic Zero-Knowledge

Claude Gravel (NII, Japan)
Expected number of calls to the quantum order finding routine in factoring algorithms

Hasnaa Hajji  (Mohammed V University, Morocco)
Semi-Quantum Key Distribution

Rudy Raymond Harry Putra (IBM Research - Tokyo, Japan)
Distributed Average Computation with Near-term Quantum Devices for Collaborative Learning

Debapratim Jana (CQT, Singapore)
Position-Based Cryptography with the Encoded Basis Protocol

Thomas Jennewein (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Antoine Joux (Sorbonne Université, France)

Hideo Kosaka (Yokohama National University, Japan)
From quantum internet to quantum computer network with diamond

Mamiko Kujiraoka (Toshiba, Japan)
QKD R&D, field trials and standardization activities in Toshiba

Jose Ignacio Latorre (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Quantum Algorithms for small quantum computers

Alessandro Luongo (IRIF, France)
Quantum algorithms for defense

Vadim Makarov (Russian Quantum Center, Russia)

Masaaki Nakatsu (OIST, Japan)

Kae Nemoto (NII, Japan)
New Approaches to Quantum Information Processing

Tracy Northup (Innsbruck University, Austria)
An entanglement-based quantum internet​

Jian-Wei Pan  (University of Science and Technology of China)
Dream or Reality? Quantum Communication: the Past, Present and Future​

Pablo A. Postigo (Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnologia IMN-CNM-CSIC, Spain)
Nanophotonics for on-chip enhanced quantum photonics

Patrick Rebentrost (CQT, Singapore)

Renato Renner (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
The challenge of device independence​

Gregoire Ribordy (ID Quantique, Switzerland)

Ahmed Salem (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
Secure dynamic multiparty quantum private comparison

Christian Schaffner (QuSoft, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Secure Multi-party Quantum Computation

Yicheng Shi (CQT, Singapore)
Stable Polarization Entanglement based Quantum Key Distribution over Metropolitan Fibre Network

​Daniel Shiu (GCHQ, UK)
Evaluating the Viability of Cryptography

Sofija Stefanovic (CQT, Singapore)
Position-Based Cryptography with the Encoded Basis Protocol

Gelo Noel Tabia (NTHU, Taiwan)
Differential-phase-shift quantum key distribution (DPS-QKD) with temporally long single photons

Akihisa Tomita (Hokkaido University, Japan)
A framework and practical examples on security certification of  quantum key distribution devices

André Xuereb (University of Malta, Malta)
Quantum islands: Entangling Malta and Sicily

Zhen-Qiang Yin (University of Science and Technology of China)
Beating the Fundamental Rate-Distance Limit in a Proof-of-Principle Quantum Key Distribution System​

Qiang Zhang (University of Science and Technology of China)

Yichen Zhang (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China)
Continuous-variable QKD network in Qingdao


  • Important Dates:
  • Application Open: 6 September 2019
  • Application Deadline: 24 October 2019
  • Notification of Application Results: December 2019
  • Participants arrive in Okinawa: 15 March 2020
  • Participants depart Okinawa:  21 March 2020
  • Main Details: Twin-share accommodation at Seaside House and meals for all workshop participants will be provided if required. OIST will also help with arranging visas where necessary. We offer a number of bursaries to cover up to 50% of the participants air-travel costs and can, in exceptional cases, also cover the full costs.

Excursion: TBD


  • Artur Ekert, University of Oxford (UK) and CQT (Singapore)
  • Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate University (Japan)
  • Síle Nic Chormaic, OIST Graduate University (Japan)
  • Nobuyuki Imoto, Osaka University (Japan) 
  • Isaac Ben Israel, ICRC - Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (Israel) 
  • Miklos Santha, CNRS (France) and CQT (Singapore)