COVID-19 Updates

From: Ryan Camacho
Sent: Monday, March 9, 2020 1:55 PM
To: Ryan Camacho <>
Subject: SIPQNP Workshop Postponed

Dear SIPQNP Attendees,

Out of an abundance of caution and in light of COVID-19 travel restrictions placed on an increasing number of participants, we are postponing the SIPQNP conference in Snowbird UT.  We are currently working with NSF and Snowbird to assess options for rescheduling.  We anticipate late summer as the most likely time frame, and will keep you updated in the coming days.  One option we considered is converting SIPQNP into a virtual meeting, but feel strongly that the strength of SIPQNP has been in-person interactions and discussions that would likely not be replicated in a virtual setting.

The Snowbird Resort is allowing any SIPQNP participant to cancel their rooms with a full refund.  Please contact Snowbird directly ASAP to ensure your refund is processed.  The Snowbird reservation office can be reached at 800-453-3000.  We understand that some of you may have other travel expenses that are not eligible for a refund and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

Thank you again for your interest in the SIPQNP workshop!  We’ll keep you posted as we work out new dates and logistics and place all new information on the SIPQNP website.


Ryan Camacho

(on behalf of the organizers Saikat Guha, Dirk Englund, Dan Kilper, Prineha Narang, Stephen Ralph and Don Towsley)


MARCH 6, 2020 5:26 PM MST

Dear colleagues,

Inasmuch as my co-organizers and I are looking forward to the 6th SIPQNP in beautiful Snowbird, we are also keeping a close and cautionary eye on the developing situation with regards to the COVID-19 spread in the US.

The organizers have discussed, and the SIPQNP has not (yet) been cancelled. If a domestic travel ban gets placed during this coming week for all-work-related travel, either by multiple institutions or by the government, we will cancel the event, let you know promptly, and post it on our website ( Regardless, we will set up teleconference with good AV capability, should some of you have to attend remotely.

However, even if we do go forward with the SIPQNP, we would like to urge everyone to take extreme precautions (please see: If you have traveled to a CDC-rated risk-1, 2 or 3 country in the last two weeks, we would urge you to attend the SIPQNP remotely. Finally, we won’t shake hands at the event (elbow bumps are okay!).

That said, I am looking forward to the SIPQNP. The organizers have been in direct communications with you regarding the organization of the individual sessions. If you see your name in the agenda ( — either as a session lead, moderated discussion lead, speakers and/or panelists — please be prepared accordingly! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the organizers. All logistical questions can be directed to Brianna Moreno (cc-ed).

The goal of this workshop, since its inception, has been to encourage intense and productive dialogue cross-cutting disciplines and technical backgrounds. The moderated discussion leaders have a big responsibility in shaping the discussions in their sessions, so as to incite the most important questions and discussions.

In the opening session, we will introduce to you a white paper, of which Dan Kilper and Ryan Camacho are leading the preparations. This white paper will be used to get the communities’ inputs on a vision for a national scale testbed / user facility for quantum photonic devices, aimed at accelerating the growth of truly-meaningful engineering advances in quantum enhanced information processing. We will work as a group in the afternoon of day 2, to fill in the gaps for the white paper.

I look forward to seeing you at Snowbird on March 16. Please direct any questions you may have to the organizers (in the cc field) – please do not copy all in a reply. Thank you all again for making the time, and for your enthusiastic ongoing support for this unique workshop!

Saikat Guha
(on behalf of the organizers: Ryan Camacho, Dirk Englund, Dan Kilper, Prineha Narang, Stephen Ralph and Don Towsley)