- Introduction to Bayesian Networks (three lectures), University of Queensland, Australia, Oct. 2005
- MATH137 (Intro. Calculus for Math Hons.), University of Waterloo, Canada, Sep. 2007 — Dec. 2007
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics (two lectures covering for lecturer's absence), University of Waterloo, Canada, Sep. 2006
- Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: Current Status and Future Directions (guest lecture on Quantum Logic), University of Waterloo, Canada, Mar. 2005
- IS304: Is the quantum state real? (supervisor for independent studies student D. Jia) University of Waterloo, Canada, Jan. 2015 — Apr. 2015
- Mathematics 1A (Math for 1st year Physics, Chemistry and Economics Students), University of Bristol, UK, Oct. 2000 — June 2003
- Mathematics 1A (Maple and MATLAB), University of Bristol, UK, Oct. 2001 — June 2003
Research Student Supervision
Project: Temporal Joint Measurements
Project: Unentangled Bit Commitment in Generic Probabilistic Models
Project: Distinguishability as a Resource Theory
Articles in Refereed Journals
- “No Return to Classical Reality” D. Jennings and M. Leifer. Contemporary Physics, 2015. Published online first. eprint arXiv:1501.03202
- “Is the quantum state real? An extended review of psi-ontology theorems” M. S. Leifer. Quanta, 2014, Volume 3, pp. 67—155. eprint arXiv:1409.1570
- “Psi-epistemic models are exponentially bad at explaining the distinguishability of quantum states” M. S. Leifer. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014, Volume 112, pp. 160404. eprint arXiv:1401.7996
- “A Bayesian approach to compatibility, improvement, and pooling of quantum states” M. S. Leifer and R. W. Spekkens. J.Phys. A, 2014, Volume 47, pp. 275301. eprint arXiv:1110.1085
- “Towards a Formulation of Quantum Theory as a Causally Neutral Theory of Bayesian Inference” M. S. Leifer and R. W. Spekkens. Phys. Rev. A, 2013, Volume 88, pp. 052130. eprint arXiv:1107.5849
- “Maximally epistemic interpretations of the quantum state and contextuality” M. S. Leifer and O. J. E. Maroney. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2013, Volume 110, pp. 120401. eprint arXiv:1208.5132
- “Entropy and Information Causality in General Probabilistic Theories (addendum)” H. Barnum, J. Barrett, L. Clark, M. Leifer, R. Spekkens, N. Stepanik, A. Wilce, and R. Wilke. New J. Phys., 2012, Volume 14, pp. 129401.
- “Entropy and Information Causality in General Probabilistic Theories” H. Barnum, J. Barrett, L. Clark, M. Leifer, R. Spekkens, N. Stepanik, A. Wilce, and R. Wilke. New J. Phys., 2010, Volume 12, pp. 033024. eprint arXiv:0909.5075
- “The de Finetti Theorem for Test Spaces” J. Barrett and M. Leifer. New J. Phys., 2009, Volume 11, pp. 033024. eprint arXiv:0712.2265
- “Quantum Graphical Models and Belief Propagation” M. Leifer and D. Poulin. Ann. Phys., 2008, Volume 323, pp. 1899. eprint arXiv:0708.1337
- “Generalized No-Broadcasting Theorem” H. Barnum, J. Barrett, M. Leifer, and A. Wilce. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2007, Volume 99, pp. 240501. eprint arXiv:0707.0620
- “Quantum Dynamics as an Analog of Conditional Probability” M. S. Leifer. Phys. Rev. A, 2006, Volume 74, pp. 042310. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0606022
- “Bell's Jump Process in Discrete Time” J. Barrett, M. Leifer, and R. Tumulka. Europhysics Letters, 2005, Volume 72, pp. 685—690. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0506066
- “Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” M. S. Leifer and R. W. Spekkens. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2005, Volume 95, pp. 200405. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0412178
- “Measuring Polynomial Invariants of Multi-Party Quantum States” M. S. Leifer, N. Linden, and A. Winter. Phys. Rev. A, 2004, Volume 69, pp. 052304. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0308008
- “Optimal Entanglement Generation from Quantum Operations” M. S. Leifer, L. Henderson, and N. Linden. Phys. Rev. A, 2003, Volume 67, pp. 012306. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0205055
- “Optimal Simulation of Two-Qubit Hamiltonians using General Local Operations” C. H. Bennett, J. I. Cirac, M. S. Leifer, D. W. Leung, N. Linden, S. Popescu, and G. Vidal. Phys. Rev. A, 2002, Volume 66, pp. 012305. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0107035
Articles in Conference Proceedings
- “Teleportation in General Probabilistic Theories” H. Barnum, J. Barrett, M. Leifer, and A. Wilce. Clifford Lectures, 2012. eprint arXiv:0805.3553. Appeared in Mathematical Foundations of Information Flow: Proceedings of the Clifford Lectures 2008, Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics vol. 71, edited by S. Abramsky and M. Mislove, pp. 25-47, (AMS).
- “Nonclassicality without Entanglement Enables Bit Commitment” H. Barnum, O. C. O. Dahlsten, M. Leifer, and B. Toner. IEEE Information Theory Workshop, 2008. eprint arXiv:0803.1264. Appeared in Proceedings of IEEE Information Theory Workshop 2008 pp. 386—390.
- “Conditional Density Operators and the Subjectivity of Quantum Operations” M. S. Leifer. Foundations of Probability and Physics—4, 2006. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0611233. Appeared in AIP Conference Proceedings vol. 889 edited by G. Adenier, C. A. Fuchs and A. Yu. Khrennikov, pp. 172—186 (2007).
- “Logical Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes, Measurement-Disturbance and Contextuality” M. S. Leifer and R. W. Spekkens. Quantum Structures, 2004. eprint arXiv:quant-ph/0412179. Appeared in Int. J. Theor. Phys. vol. 44 pp. 1977—1987 (2005).
- “"It from bit" and the quantum probability rule” M. S. Leifer. 2015. eprint arXiv:1311.0857. Winning entry of the 2013 FQXi Essay Contest. Appeared in "It From Bit or Bit From It? On Physics and Information" edited by A. Aguirre, B. Foster and Z. Merali, pp. 5—22 (Springer).
- “Mathematics Is Physics” M. S. Leifer. 2015. Second prize winner in 2015 FQXi Essay Contest "Trick or Truth: the Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics". eprint arXiv:1508.02770
- “Point–Counterpoint: Can anything be learned from surveys on the interpretations of quantum mechanics?” M. S. Leifer. 2013. The Quantum Times (Newsletter of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information), vol. 7, iss. 2, p. 4–6
- “Response to Griffiths” M. S. Leifer. 2012. The Quantum Times (Newsletter of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information), vol. 6, iss. 4, p. 6
- “PBR, EPR, and all that jazz” M. S. Leifer. 2012. The Quantum Times (Newsletter of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information), vol. 6, iss. 3, pp. 1--3
Talks and Poster Presentations
Invited Talks at Conferences and Workshops
- “Aharonov meets Spekkens: What do quantum paradoxes tell us about the nature of reality?” Convergence (Quantum Foundations Workshop). Perimeter Institute, Canada. June 24, 2015.
- “Ontological Models in the Block Universe” Free Will and Retrocausality in the Quantum World. Cambridge, UK. July 3, 2014.
- “Is the Quantum State Real?” 12th Biennial IQSA Meeting. Olomouc, Czech Republic. June 24, 2014.
- “Ontic versus Epistemic Interpretations of the Wave Function” Information and Interaction: Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge. Cambridge, UK. Mar. 22, 2014.
- “Bounds on Epistemic Interpretations of the Quantum State from Contextuality” APS March Meeting. Denver, USA. Mar. 6, 2014.
- “Formulating Quantum Theory as a Causally Neutral Theory of Bayesian Inference” ColLoQuI (Colleges of London Quantum Information Meeting). Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. June 23, 2011.
- “The Two Churches of Quantum Theory” Pictures, Quanta, Probability. Oxford, UK. Aug. 18, 2010.
- “Unentangled Bit Commitment and the Clifton-Bub-Halvorson (CBH) Theorem” Mini-Workshop on Quantum Foils. Pavia, Italy. Dec. 18, 2007.
- “Quantum Causal Networks: A Quantum Informationish Approach to Causality in Quantum Theory” Quantum Information Theory in Quantum Gravity. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Dec. 10, 2007.
- “Open Questions in Ontological Models” Operational Probabilistic Theories as Foils to Quantum Theory. Cambridge, UK. July 6, 2007.
- “Separations of Generalized Probabilistic Theories via their Information Processing Capabilities” Operational Quantum Physics and the Quantum-Classical Contrast. Perimeter Institute, Canada. June 4, 2007.
- “Quantum Dynamics as Generalized Conditional Probabilities” Foundations of Physics and Probability—4. Växjö, Sweden. June 8, 2006.
- “Quantum Analogs of Bayes' Rule” Being Bayesian in a Quantum World. Konstanz, Germany. Aug. 2005.
- “Nondeterministic Testing of Sequential Quantum Logic Propositions on a Quantum Computer” Quantum Information, Computation and Logic: Exploring New Connections. Perimeter Institute, Canada. July 19, 2005.
- “Measuring Polynomial Invariants of Multi-Party Quantum States” QuICT Network Meeting. Abingdon, UK. July 2003.
Contributed Talks at Conferences, Workshops and Summer Schools
- “Logical pre- and post-selection paradoxes are proofs of contextuality” Conference on Quantum Information and Quantum Control. Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada. 2015.
- “Does protective measurement imply the reality of the quantum state?” APS March Meeting. San Antonio, USA. 2015.
- “Cloning, Broadcasting and the de Finetti theorem in Generalized Probablistic Theories” APS March Meeting. Denver, USA. Mar. 5, 2007.
- “Conditional Density Operators in Quantum Information” Operator Structures in Quantum Information. Banff, Canada. Feb. 12, 2007.
- “Quantum Causal Networks” Cats, Kets and Cloisters. Oxford, UK. July 21, 2006.
- “Quantum Dynamics as Generalized Conditional Probabilities” 8th Biennial IQSA Meeting. Malta. July 13, 2006.
- “Entanglement of Overlapping Systems and the Breakdown of the Tensor Product” APS March Meeting. Baltimore, USA. Mar. 13, 2006.
- “Quantum Analogs of Bayes' Rule” Summer School on Philosophy, Probability and Physics. Konstanz, Germany. Aug. 2005.
- “Logical Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes, Measurement-Disturbance, and Contextuality” 7th Biennial IQSA Meeting. Denver, USA. July 2004.
- “Measuring Polynomial Invariants of Multi-Party Quantum States” 4th European QIPC Workshop. Oxford, UK. July 2003.
- “Optimal Entanglement Generation from Quantum Operations” Informal Quantum Information Gathering. Imperial College, London, UK. Sep. 2002.
- “Multi-particle Entanglement in Quantum States and Evolutions” Winter School on "QuEnt" Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Information. Les Houches, France. Mar. 2001.
Poster Presentations at Conferences and Workshops
- “Plausibility Measures on Test Spaces” Quantum Physics and Logic. Oxford, UK. 2015.
- “Psi-Epsitemic Models are Exponentially Bad at Explaining the Distinguishability of Quantum States” Quantum Unspeakables II: 50 Years of Bell's Theorem. Vienna, Austria. June 2014.
- “Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” The Seventh International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing. Glasgow, UK. July 2004.
- “Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” Reference Frames and Superselection Rules in Quantum Information Theory. Perimeter Institute, Canada. July 2004.
- “Measuring Polynomial Invariants of Multi-Party Quantum States” MaPhySto/QUANTOP Workshop on Quantum Measurements and Quantum Stochastics. Aarhus, Denmark. Aug. 2003.
- “Optimal Entanglement Generation from Quantum Operations” The Sixth International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing. MIT, Cambridge, USA. July 2002.
- “Optimal Entanglement Generation from Quantum Operations” Quantum Information: Conceptual Foundations, Developments and Perspectives. Oviedo, Spain. July 2002.
- “Simulation of 2-qubit Hamiltonians using General Local Operations” London Mathematical Society Regional Meeting. University of Bristol, UK. Sep. 2001.
- “What Are Quantum States?” Physics and Computational Science Seminar. Chapman University, USA. 2015.
- “2 out of 3 Roads to Quantum Foundations” Quantum Foundations Seminar. IQOQI Vienna, Austria. 2014.
- “A Survey of Quantum Conditional States and their Applications” Applied Mathematics Seminar. University of Western Ontario, Canada. June 4, 2014.
- “Is the Wavefunction Real?” Philosophy of Physics Seminar. University of Western Ontario, Canada. June 3, 2014.
- “Psi-Epistemic Models are Exponentially Bad at Explaining the Distinguishability of Quantum States” Theoretical Physics Seminar. Imperial College, UK. Apr. 3, 2014.
- “Is the Wavefunction Real?” Philosophy of Physics Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Apr. 2, 2014.
- “Psi-Epistemic Models are Exponentially Bad at Explaining the Distinguishability of Quantum States” Quantum Foundations Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Feb. 18, 2014.
- “Quantum Theory as a Causally Neutral Theory of Bayesian Inference” Philosophy of Physics Seminar. Oxford University, UK. Oct. 20, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule and Quantum Pooling” Quantum Foundations Seminar. University of Toronto, Canada. May 26, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule and Quantum Pooling” Quantum Foundations Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. May 17, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule, and State Compatibility” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Sherbrooke, Canada. May 6, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule, and State Compatibility” Institute for Quantum Computing Seminar. University of Waterloo, Canada. Apr. 5, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule, and State Compatibility” Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations Seminar. University of Cambridge, UK. Mar. 3, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule, and State Compatibility” Quantum Dyanmics Seminar. Royal Holloway, UK. Feb. 3, 2011.
- “Quantum Conditional States, Bayes' Rule, and State Compatibility” Quantum Dyanmics Seminar. Imperial College, UK. Dec. 14, 2010.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. CalTech, USA. Feb. 20, 2007.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Cambridge, UK. Nov. 2006.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Nov. 2006.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. Imperial College, UK. Nov. 2006.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. Royal Holloway, UK. Nov. 2006.
- “Cloning and Broadcasting in Generalized Probabilistic Theories” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Leeds, UK. Oct. 2006.
- “Quantum Dynamics as Generalized Conditional Probabilities” Quantum Information and Geometric Statistics Seminar. University of Guelph, Canada. Sep. 19, 2006.
- “Quantum Causal Networks” PiQuDos Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. June 28, 2006.
- “Quantum Causal Networks” Quantum Information Seminar. Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. Apr. 2006.
- “Quantum Causal Networks” Quantum Information Seminar. University of New Mexico, USA. Apr. 2006.
- “Quantum Causal Networks” Institute for Quantum Computing Seminar. University of Waterloo, Canada. Apr. 2006.
- “Noncommuting Subsystems and the Breakdown of the Tensor Product” Quantum Information Seminar. ERATO Tokyo, Japan. Feb. 6, 2006.
- “Is Quantum Computing Quantum Logical?” Quantum Information Seminar. Technical University of Innsbruck, Austria. Jan. 2006.
- “Entanglement of Overlapping Systems and the Breakdown of the Tensor Product” Quantum Informtion Seminar. Imperial College, UK. Jan. 2006.
- “Entanglement of Overlapping Systems and the Breakdown of the Tensor Product” Mathematical Physics Seminar. University of York, UK. Jan. 9, 2006.
- “What's Wrong with these Quantum Computations?” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Sydney, Australia. Nov. 2005.
- “Do we Need a Logic of Quantum Computation?” Quantum Information Seminar. Griffith University, Australia. Oct. 2005.
- “Do we Need a Logic of Quantum Computation?” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Queensland, Australia. Oct. 2005.
- “Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes, Measurement-Disturbance and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” Quantum Information Seminar. Bell Labs, USA. Apr. 2005.
- “Pre- and Post-Selection Paradoxes, Measurement-Disturbance and Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics” PiQuDos Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Nov. 10, 2004.
- “Measuring Polynomial Invariants of Multi-Party Quantum States” PiQuDos Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Jan. 2003.
- “Optimal Entanglement Generation from Quantum Operations” Quantum Information Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Aug. 2002.
- “Multi-particle Entanglement in Quantum States and Evolutions” Applied Mathematics Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Jan. 2001.
- “Multi-particle Entanglement in Quantum States and Evolutions” Applied Mathematics Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Jan. 2001.
- Second prize, FQXi essay contest. Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi.org), 2015
- First prize, FQXi essay contest. Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi.org), 2013
- Mary Higgins Postgraduate Scholarship. Girton College, Cambridge, 2000
- C. B. West Postgraduate Prize in Mathematics. Girton College, Cambridge, 2000
- Platt Prize in Physics. University of Manchester, 1999
- Heginbottom Exhibition for best performance in first year exams in Physics. University of Manchester, 1997
- Postdoc Representative, Postdoc Hiring Committee, Perimeter Institute, Canada, Nov. 2004 - June 2005
- Postdoc Representative, Quantum Information Faculty Hiring Committee, Perimeter Institute, Canada, Jan. 2004 - June 2005
- Foundations of Physics, Information, Journal of Physics A, Nature Physics, New Journal of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Physical Review A, Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physics Essays, Quanta, Quantum Information and Computation, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Synthese
Refereeing for International Conferences
- IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Physics and Logic
Refereeing for Academic Book Publishers
Refereeing for Research Grant Panels
- National Science Center (Poland)
- Editorial board member, "The Quantum Times", newsletter of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information, Jan. 2008 - present
Confereces, Workshops and Summer Schools Organized
- Quantum Physics and Logic 2015, Oxford, UK (programme committee member), July 2015
- London Foundations Connection, Imperial College, London, UK (advisory committee member), May 2013
- London Foundations Connection, University of London, UK (co-organized with A. Caulton), Apr. 2012
- Invited Session on Quantum Information Meets Gravitation, APS March Meeting, New Orleans, USA (co-organized with L. Viola), Mar. 2008
- Quantum Foundations Summer School, Perimeter Institute, Canada (co-organized with H. Burton and L. Hardy), Aug. 2007
- Workshop on Quantum Information, Computation and Logic: Exploring New Connections, Perimeter Institute, Canada (co-organized with H. Barnum), July 2005
- Q+ hangouts: Online seminars on quantum information and quantum foundations (co-organized with D. Burgarth). See http://qplus.burgarth.de and http://gplus.to/qplus for details, Aug. 2011 - present
Discussion Groups Organized
- Contextuality Workgroup of Perimeter Institute Experts (CoWPIE), Perimeter Institute, Canada, 2004 - 2005
- Quantum Information Journal Club, University of Bristol, UK, 2002 - 2003
- 2015 - 2017: 52,601USD FQXi award (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for project on Quantum Theory in the Block Universe — Role: Principal Investigator
- 2013 - 2015: 119,888USD FQXi award (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for project on Thermodynamic vs information theoretic entropies in probabilistic theories — Role: Co-Investigator (PI: J. Barrett, University of Oxford)
- 2011: 1,500USD FQXi mini-grant (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for London Foundations Connection — Role: Principal Investigator
- 2008: 7,500USD FQXi mini-grant (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for APS Invited Session: Quantum Information Meets Gravitation — Role: Principal Investigator
- 2007 - 2011: 70,000USD FQXi award (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for project on Abstract Quantum Probability — Role: Principal Investigator
- Aug. 2005: Summer School on Philosophy, Probability and Physics, Konstanz, Germany
- July 2004: Summer School on Foundations of Physical Theories, Urbino, Italy
- Mar. 2001: Winter School on "QuEnt" Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Information, Les Houches, France
- Mar. 2012 - July 2012: Coursera: Probabilistic Graphical Models, Advanced Track, Score 96.6%
- Oct. 2011 - Dec. 2011: Stanford MOOC: Introduction to Artifical Intelligence, Advanced Track, Score 92.4%
Programming/Scripting Skills
- C/C++, HTML, LaTeX, Maple, Matlab, PHP, Python, Sage
Last updated: Aug. 14, 2015