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Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Black Holes and Information at KITP, Santa Barbara

Location and Date: KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara May 21, 2012 – May 25, 2012

Conference begins 8:00am May 21, 2012 with registration. Planned ending time is roughly 5pm on Friday May 25.

Coordinators: Vijay Balasubramanian, Alex Maloney, Don Marolf, Joan Simon
Scientific Advisors: Joseph Polchinski, Theodore Jacobson


The physics of black holes and the resolution of the information paradox remain among the deepest mysteries in theoretical physics. In addition to their intrinsic interest, many arguments suggest that these issues are intimately related to the emergence of locality, causality, and even spacetime itself from some more fundamental description.

“Black Holes and information” will focus on such relations, and in particular on the notion of ‘holography’ which has played a crucial role in many recent developments. The conference will also explore extensions of these ideas to new settings, and the corresponding implications. Central questions include the implications of holography for cosmology, the holographic understanding of time and closed universes, and the microscopic interpretation of observer-dependent horizons (e.g., in inflating spacetimes).

The conference will bring together a diverse group of researchers to discuss these important issues, with the goal of exchanging ideas and seeding scientific collaborations. Participants will include experts in string theory and classical General Relativity, researchers working in quantum information theory and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and theorists interested in strongly coupled field theories and the AdS/CFT correspondence.


* Ashtekar, Abhay (Penn State)
* de Boer, Jan (UvA, Amsterdam)
* Denef, Frederik (Harvard)
* Hayden, Patrick (McGill Univ.)
* Larsen, Finn (Univ. Michigan)
* Maldacena, Juan (Princeton)
* Mathur, Samir (Ohio State Univ.)
* Minwalla, Shiraz (Tata Inst., India)
* Sen, Ashoke (Mehta Research Inst., India)
* Susskind, Leonard (Stanford)
* Takayanagi, Tadashi (IPMU, Japan)
* Yin, Xi (Harvard)

Additional speakers will be added closer to the conference date.

Details and Deadlines:

Registration deadline is: Apr 21, 2012

Registration includes: Daily refreshment breaks, lunches and two Special Events Dinners.
Registration Fee: $300; Fee Due: Apr 21, 2012
Late Registration Fee: $350

Registration is through the website at

However, the site to pay the registration fee will not be available until February 21, 2012.