Yinan Li (李绎楠)

Yinan Li (李绎楠)

Designated assistant professor

Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University

(photo courtesy CWI)


Since November 2020, I am a designated assistant professor (tokunin-jokyo, 特任助教) at Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya university. I am part of the QLEAP theory group lead by Professor François Le Gall and I am organzing the QLEAP-theory seminar in 2021.

Before coming to Nagoya, I was a Postdoctoral researcher at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands, supervised by Prof. Ronald de Wolf and Dr. Michael Walter. I was also affiliated with the Research Center for Quantum Software (QuSoft).

I received my Ph.D. from Centre for Quantum Software and Information (QSI), University of technology Sydney (UTS), supervised by Prof. Runyao Duan and Dr. Youming Qiao (and informally co-advised by Prof. Andreas Winter). Before that, I received my B.Sc. (with Hongyi honour) in 2014 from School of Mathematics and Statistics, Wuhan University.

I am the organizer of the QLEAP theory seminar. In 2020, I co-organized an online reading group “From Euclidean to Geodesic Convex Optimization”.


  • Classical and quantum zero-error information theory
  • Classical and quantum algorithms (e.g. for group actions and linear algebra)
  • Noncommutative graph theory


  • Ph.D. in Quantum Information, 2018

    University of Technology Sydney, Australia

  • B.Sc. in Mathematics, 2014

    Wuhan University, China

  • Exchange student, 2013

    Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Recent publications

Recent Talks

  • On a tracial version of Haemers bound. [Video][Slides]
    Beyond IID in Information Theory 9.
    Asian Quantum Information Science Conference (AQIS 2021).
    SIAM Conference on Optimization (OP21).

  • Improved Algorithms for Alternating Matrix Space Isometry: from Theory to Practice. [Video] [Slides]
    European Symposium on Algorithms, 2020.

  • The Haemers bound of graphs and noncommutative graphs, and quantum Shannon capacities. [Slides]
    Centre for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory (QMATH), University of Copenhagen, 2020.

  • The Haemers bound of noncommutative graphs. [Slides] [Video]
    23rd Annual Conference on Quantum Information Processing, Shenzhen, 2020.

  • Bipartite perfect matching, (non-)commutative Rank, and entanglement transformation. [Slides]
    Applied Math Youth Forum, Peking University, 2020.

  • Average-case algorithm for testing pseudo-isometry of alternating matrix tuples. [Slides]
    School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway, 2019.