Please note: This is the program of the 2015 IU conference. To view the topics of our next (2020) conference, click here.

Wednesday, October 7
9:30 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 12:20 Session 1
  Welcome Edwin Valentijn (University of Groningen)
  Cosmic Web on Fulldome Rien van de Waijgaert (University of Groningen) start 9:35
  Keynote: How to Collect Less Data Alex Szalay (The Johns Hopkins University) start 56:20
  Information-theoretic approaches to network complexity and genetic reprogramming Hector Zenil (Karolinska Institute/University of Paris/Oxford University)
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 15:00 Session 2
  The Information Universe: In vivo, in vitro Edwin Valentijn (University of Groningen)
  Temperature from quantum entanglement Santhosh Kumar (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research)
  Algorithmic Information Theory: A Model for Science? Tom Sterkenburg (CWI/University of Groningen)
  Emulation networks of minimalistic universes Jürgen Riedel (LABORES)
15:00 - 15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30 - 17:10 Session 3
  Invited talk: Quantizing Space-Time in Quantum Complexity Theory Barbara Terhal (Aachen University)
  Bayesian Big Bang Fred Daum (Raytheon)
  Apparent cosmic acceleration via back reaction from the causal propagation of inhomogeneity Brett Bochner (Hofstra University)
  Information-theoretical properties of the d-dimensional blackbody radiation Jesus Dehesa (University of Granada)
17:15 – 19:30 EVENING BUFFET
19:30 - 20:30 Public Lecture: Life in the Universe Charley Lineweaver (Australian National University)


Thursday, October 8
8:30 - 9:00 Registration Desk Open
9:00 - 11:00 Session 1
  Information Visualization in Neuroscience Jos Roerdink (University of Groningen)
  Free will: a notion of information? Kim Wende (Université catholique de Louvain)
  In silico Neuroscience – an integrative approach Felix Schürmann (EPFL)
10:40-11:10 COFFEE BREAK
11:10- 12:40 Session 2
  Keynote: Emergent gravity from quantum information: Explaining the dark universe Erik Verlinde (University of Amsterdam)
  Invited talk: Searching for the Quantum Dynamics of Gravity Renate Loll (Radboud University)
12:40-13:40 LUNCH
13:40-15:20 Session 3
  Invited talk: Our quest to unveil the nature of dark enery Alessandra Silvestri (Leiden University)
  Invited talk: Observing the dark:cosmological constraints on gravity theory Tamara Davis (CAASTRO)
  Space-time topology:black holes induce dark energy Marco Spaans (University of Groningen)
15:20-15:50 COFFEE BREAK
15:50-17:10 Session 4
  A shock-in-Time: Producing the Entropy of the Universe Jonathan Braden (University College London)
  Role of information Theoretic Uncertainty Relations in Quantum Theory Petr Jizba (Czech Technical University)
  Seemingly simple but devastatingly hard question: What is information? Ahmet Koltuksuz (Yasar University)
  A historical look at the Information Universe Frans van Lunteren (Leiden Observatory)


Friday, October 9
8:30 -9:00 Registration Desk Open
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1
  Keynote: Exploiting the biological information universe: Understanding disease by reusing data Lude Franke (UMCG/University of Groningen)
  On Semantic Information in Nature Wolfgang Johannsen (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
  Use of ontologies for automated data processing and their challenges : a bioinformatics view Arzu Tugce Guler (Leiden University Medical Center)
10:30 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2
  Keynote: Cogwheels, the cellular automaton interpretation, and conformal gravity Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht University)
  Simulating a Black Hole with a Cellular Automaton based Causal Dynamical Triangulation Cagatay Yucel (Yasar university)
  A personal Perspective on Cellular Automaton Models of Fundamental Processes in Physics Edward Fredkin (Carnegie Mellon University)
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-15:00 Session 3
  Keynote: Infogenesis: the Low Entropy Origins and Evolution of Information: Selfish Genes and Selfish Memes Charley Lineweaver (Australian National University)
  Partially-directed evolution: from the Big Bang to the problem of knowledge acquisition Alexey Melkikh (Ural Federal University)
  Understanding the homochirality and the information content of the building blocks of life via theoretical spectroscopy Fabiana da Pieve (Ecole Polytechnique)
15:00 - 15:15 SHORT COFFEE BREAK
15:15 - 16:00 Session 4
  Closing Panel Discussion Chair: Bernard Jones (Kapteyn Institute)