by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

This summer the AMVA4NewPhysics network enters a phase of intense activities, on multiple fronts.

On one side there are events of interest of the network:

  • We already reported here about the SOS school of statistics organized by IN2P3, Lyon and Grenoble. The school, which took place at l’Escandille, in Autrans, between May 30th and June 3rd, saw the participation as speakers of two network members, Julian Donini and Tommaso Dorigo; and the participation as attendees of several other network members, including Giles, Anna, and Emmanuel.

  • The following week, CERN featured the school on MatLab and Statistical Learning by Ilya Narsky, a member of the network partner MathWorks. That event was attended by Anna, Alessia, Cecilia, Andrea, and Tommaso, and saw the participation of over 100 students.
  • Last week, Pablo attended the second Yandex school of Machine Learning in Lund. I am confident he will soon have something very interesting to report here about that event!
  • Then I should mention the Erice school of Science Journalism, which is being attended by Sabine this week; this year the theme is “Fundamental Science”. I believe Sabine will soon post something to summarize the event here.
  • In July, members of the network will meet in Kolymbari, near Chania on the island of Crete, for the 5th International Conference of New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP). There, a special session on Higgs pair production and beyond-Standard-Model Higgs sectors will take place. The event will be attended by Pablo and Tommaso.
  • And last but not least, from August 28th to September 3rd there will be the XIIth edition of the “Quark Matter and the Hadron Spectrum” conference in Thessaloniki, where a special session on “Statistical methods for physics analysis in the XXI century” has been organized by Tommaso Dorigo. The event, sponsored by the network, will see the active participation of several network members: speakers at the session include Bruno Scarpa, Pietro Vischia, and Pablo de Castro Manzano; and the convener of the session is the scientific coordinator of the AMVA4NewPhysics network, Tommaso Dorigo.

As you can see, there is no dearth of training events in our network! But there is more. In fact, secondments of our Ph.D. students start this summer, with a gathering of three of them (Giles, Cecilia, and Alessia) in Oxford in July, and another month together in Padova of Pablo, Greg, Giles, and Cecilia in September. In these occasions the students will team up to tackle common problems in data analysis – in particular, the study of Higgs boson pair production, and methods to search for that process in LHC data.

As you know, the network includes both ATLAS and CMS collaborators, so the joining of efforts may seem problematic; nevertheless, we have designed a program which will allow the students to work together on the problems and then implement the solutions separately on the private data of the two collaborations.

What is left to say here is only that I hope the attendees of the many events we scheduled this summer will soon let us know their impressions and what they found most interesting there…

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