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A Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN funded by the Horizon2020 program of the European Commission

Journey through Fast.AI: II – Columnar data

by Giles Strong

Welcome back to the second part of my journey through the Fast.AI deep-learning course; beginning section here. Last time I gave an example of analysing images, now I’ll move on to working with columnar data.

Columnar data is a form of structured data, meaning that the features of the data are already extracted (in this case into columns), unlike in images or audio where features must be learnt or carefully constructed by hand. Continue reading “Journey through Fast.AI: II – Columnar data”

Journey through Fast.AI: I – Introduction and image data

by Giles Strong

For the past few months I’ve been following the Fast.AI Deep-Learning for Coders course. An online series of lectures accompanied with Jupyter notebooks and python library built around PyTorch. The course itself is split into two halves: the first uses a top-down approach to teach state of the art techniques and best practices for deep learning in order to achieve top results on well established problems and datasets, with later lessons delving deeper into the code and mathematics; the second half deals with more with the cutting edge of deep learning, and focuses on less-well-founded problems, such as generative modelling, and recent experimental technologies which are still be developed. Continue reading “Journey through Fast.AI: I – Introduction and image data”

Advanced Results in Lisbon

by Tommaso Dorigo

This week the VII AMVA4NewPhysics workshop is under way in the premises of LIP in Lisbon. During these events the network gets together to discuss the status of the various projects, plan future events and activities, take action on arisen issues, and vote on budget and other topics. But this is a special event in the lifetime of the network, as we are getting toward the mature stage – we are in the  Continue reading “Advanced Results in Lisbon”

Science in the sun: AMVA4NP’s summer events

by Giles Strong

Summer 2018’s been a busy time for the AMVA4NewPhysics network; we’ve had workshops, outreach events, training sessions, meetings, and many more things. I wanted to go through and pick out a few thinks I was involved in. Continue reading “Science in the sun: AMVA4NP’s summer events”

Volunteering at a literature festival

by Ioanna Papavergou

One of the advantages of belonging to a European ITN like AMVA4NewPhysics is the opportunity to participate to a range of outreach activities. Such an opportunity was given to me at the beginning of September, by volunteering at a literature festival called Festivaletteratura, taking place in Mantova, Italy. Continue reading “Volunteering at a literature festival”

Can Neural Networks Design The Detector Of A Future Particle Collider?

by Tommaso Dorigo

Casual reader, be warned – the contents of this article, specifically the second part of it, are highly volatile, speculative stuff. But hey, that is the stuff that dreams are made of. And I have one or two good reasons to dream on.


The environment

Machine Learning is ubiquitous today. Self-driving cars; self-shaving robots (just kidding, but I’m sure they can be constructed if the need arises); programs that teach themselves chess and become world-champion-class players overnight; Siri; google search engines; google translate – okay, I am going too far. But you know it: machine learning has become a player in almost Continue reading “Can Neural Networks Design The Detector Of A Future Particle Collider?”

Science taken wide

 

by Giovanni Banelli

Hi everyone, my name is Giovanni Banelli and I’m the last student joining the AMVA4NewPhysics network. I will be based in Munich (Technical University) and formally I’m the only theorist among the ESRs; hence I will be working on the theory/phenomenology side of the use of advanced statistical tools in searches for New Physics. Continue reading “Science taken wide”

A Capella Science at CERN

by Tommaso Dorigo

Do you know the works of Tim Blais, the guy behind “A Capella Science”? I sincerely hope you do, but otherwise this post is for you. Tim has a youtube page where he publishes his amazing works.

Tim sings modified lyrics of famous songs, and mixes them with multiple tracks of his own voice imitating each of the instruments of the underlying orchestra, or other choral voices. Until here you could well say there’s nothing new under Continue reading “A Capella Science at CERN”

A Beautiful New Spectroscopy Measurement

by Tommaso Dorigo

What is spectroscopy ?

(A) the observation of ghosts by infrared visors or other optical devices
(B) the study of excited states of matter through observation of energy emissions
If you answered (A), you are probably using a lousy internet search engine; and btw, you are rather dumb. Ghosts do not exist.
Otherwise you are welcome to read on. We are, in fact, about to discuss a cutting-edge spectroscopy measurement, performed by the CMS experiment using lots of proton-proton collisions by the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Continue reading “A Beautiful New Spectroscopy Measurement”

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