Quantum Natural Language Processing 2022

Compositional Models of Artificial Intelligence, and beyond!

30 & 31 May 2022
Oxford and Online (Hybrid Conference), United Kingdom


About this conference

We aim to bring together members of academia and industry who are interested in natural language processing, graphical languages, category theory and compositional models of complex systems, linguistics, artificial intelligence and tensor network methods. Our prime aims are to create a space for dialogue and encourage collaboration as well as provide a bridge between quantum computing and natural language processing.


Armando Bellante
Politecnico di Milano
Steve Clark
Bob Coecke
Gemma De Las Cuevas
University of Innsbruck
Vedran Dunjko
Leiden University
Dimitri Kartsaklis
Ciaran Lee
Spotify and UCL
Martha Lewis
University of Bristol
Alessandro Luongo
Centre for Quantum Technologies
Konstantinos Meichanetzidis
Dusko Pavlovic
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
University College London
Kevin Shen
Technical University of Munich
Ryan Sweke
Freie Universität Berlin
Petar Veličković
DeepMind and University of Cambridge
Yiannis Vlassopoulos
Dominic Widdows
James Wooton
IBM Quantum


Monday 30th May
Time Speaker Title
9:00-9:30 Arrival
9:30-10:10 Bob Coecke
10:10-10:50 James Wootton/Amin Karamlou Quantum Natural Language Generation and other Quantum Procedural Generation Link
10:50-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:50 Vedran Dunjko Beyond quantum kernel methods with limited circuit architectures Link
11:50-12:30 Ryan Sweke (TBC) Potential and limitations of generative modelling with quantum circuits Link
12:30-13:40 Lunch break
13:40-14:20 Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh QNLP for Anaphora and Ellipsis Resolution Link
14:20-15:00 Gemma De Las Cuevas What is the scope of universality and undecidability across disciplines? Link
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:00 Alessandro Luongo Quantum Machine Learning: what's done and what's left Link
16:00-16:40 Armando Bellante Quantum data representations for audio and natural language processing Link
16:40-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-17:40 Yiannis Vlassopoulos A proposal for modelling language semantics given probability densities of text continuations Link
17:40-18:00 Alexis Toumi DisCoPy demonstration
18:30-22:00 Conference Dinner
Tuesday 31st May
Time Speaker Title
9:30-10:10 Dominic Widdows Composition with Qubits: Some Building Blocks for Quantum Semantics Link
10:10-10:50 Martha Lewis Modelling metaphor with density matrices Link
10:50-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:50 Petar Veličković AI x Mathematics Link
11:50-12:30 Ciaran Lee Counterfactual reasoning and what it's good for Link
12:30-13:40 Lunch break
13:40-14:20 Steve Clark Learning Classical and Quantum Representations of Concepts Link
14:20-15:00 Dusko Pavlovic Why do syntactic processes in our heads and quantum processes in nuclear bombs obey the same laws of cups and caps? Link
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-16:00 Dimitri Kartsaklis Quantum Natural Language Processing through Questions and Answers
16:00-16:40 Kevin Shen Working Towards a Fully Useful Quantum Use Case (WTFUQ) in the Healthcare Industry - Our Journey Exploring QNLP Link
16:40-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-17:40 Konstantinos Meichanetzidis TBC
17:40-18:00 Richie Yeung Lambeq demonstration

How to attend

Attendence can be either in person or online. Please register on Eventbrite for either means of particiaption.

If taking part online, you can follow the action on the Quantinuum YouTube channel, and on the QNLP Discord server. You can join the "meet and greet" channel to introduce yourself.


The conference will be held at St Aldate's Church.

Oxford is the home of the oldest university in the English speaking world, and boasts many tourist attractions. It is easily reached from London's international Heathrow airport via the so-called airline bus service. For more information see these travel directions.

Oxford has a wide range of places to stay, including college accommodation, private rooms and flats, or short term properties to share, and many bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) and guest houses. Particularly well located are Courtyard Oxford City Centre, Rewley House, Old Bank Hotel, Malmaison Hotel Oxford and The Randolph Hotel. Please contact Destiny Chen should you need further information. Demand for accommodation in Oxford is high, so the rule of thumb is to book a place as soon as possible.


Please register for either local or free online attendance at Eventbrite.

Contact Us

For any enquiries, please contact Destiny Chen (qnlp2022@cambridgequantum.com).