Quantum Hoare Type Theory: Extended Abstract


As quantum computers become real, it is high time we come up with effective techniques that help programmers write correct quantum programs. In classical computing, formal verification and sound static type systems prevent several classes of bugs from being introduced. There is a need for similar techniques in the quantum regime. Inspired by Hoare Type Theory in the classical paradigm, we propose Quantum Hoare Types by extending the Quantum IO Monad by indexing it with pre- and post-conditions that serve as program specifications. In this paper, we introduce Quantum Hoare Type Theory (QHTT), present its syntax and typing rules, and demonstrate its effectiveness with the help of examples.

QHTT has the potential to be a unified system for programming, specifying, and reasoning about quantum programs. This is a work in progress.

17th International Conference on Quantum Physics and Logic 2020

Accepted at QPL 2020.

My talk and accompanying slides (with transitions):

Update (2020-12-11): You may actually want to read the expanded version, arXiv:2012.02154, that became my master’s paper.