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600 Attend to Outreach Event in Venice Lido

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

On Saturday, July 8th, the “Sala Perla” of the Palazzo del Casinò was crowded by 600 attendees, who filled all seats and then some. The event, titled “Universo: tempo zero – breve storia dell’inizio”, was organized in conjunction with the international EPS conference, which takes place until this Wednesday at Lido of Venice, and was sponsored by the AMVA4NewPhysics network. It featured a discussion between the anchor, Silvia Rosa Brusin, and a few guests: Fabiola Gianotti, general director of CERN; Antonio Masiero, vice-president of INFN; and Mirko Pojer, responsible of operations of the LHC collider. The program was enriched by a few videos, and by readings by Sonia Bergamasco and jazz music by Umberto Petrin.

At the start of the evening, the Venice high-school students who won the “Art&Science” contest were given prizes (consumer electronics and gadgetry) offered by AMVA4NewPhysics as well as plaques with certificates. The winners, Martina Ciampi and Elena Murer, received in addition to the gadgets and the Continue reading “600 Attend to Outreach Event in Venice Lido”

Art & Science 38: Boson Motion

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Elisa Brocca and Emma Troni, two students from Liceo “G.B. Benedetti”, are the authors of the video titled “Boson Motion”. The students captured the video as a succession of frames that try to picture the collision of two LHC protons with coloured balls, and to explain the motion of massive and massless particles in the presence of the Higgs boson field. The result is a fun animation.

The Art & Science contest is coming to a close, as tomorrow evening Continue reading “Art & Science 38: Boson Motion”

Art & Science 34: Untitled

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Leonardo Cosma, Francesco Turcato and Nicola Vianello, from Liceo “G.B. Benedetti” in Venice are the authors of a untitled work that they composed using a Newton pendulum, glass, and a mirror in a metal frame.

The idea of particles moving and breaking glass appears in this work as in the one presented in the previous post. Here, however, the idea is to show the dynamics of the interaction between colliding bodies, which can be Continue reading “Art & Science 34: Untitled”

Art & Science 29: The Boson Theatre

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

 The title of this surprising sculpture is “Il teatro del bosone” (the boson theatre). It is the work of three high-school students of Liceo “Benedetti” in Venice who, like many of their peers, decided to render in a three-dimensional way the colourful particle collision images they had been shown during the initial seminars of the “Art & Science” project. At variance from other teams, however, they found a rather interesting solution to the three-dimensional challenge.

The team assembled layers of plexiglass over which they painted drops of colours, as if taking snapshots of particles exiting the collision point at different Continue reading “Art & Science 29: The Boson Theatre”

Art & Science 28: Higgs’ Christmas

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Mariam Taufiq and Denzel Aragd, two students of Liceo “Benedetti” in Venice, are the authors of the work presented here. For some reason they found some connection between the LHC proton-proton collisions that give rise to the production of Higgs bosons and the festivities of Christmas, and they decided to create an artwork that puts the two things together.

Their canvas shows an explosion of white and cyan over a Continue reading “Art & Science 28: Higgs’ Christmas”

Art & Science 19: The Human Machine

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

With this post we reach the 50% mark in this series, as the number of works by Venice high-school students who participate in the Art & Science contest is 38. The work titled “L’umana macchina” (the human machine) is a creation of Geremia Sassetto and Emma Bastianini, from Liceo Benedetti. They realized it with clay and iron wire.

I think their work is quite commendable as the object has a Continue reading “Art & Science 19: The Human Machine”

Art & Science 17: Eye

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Is it a painting or a sculpture ? While it can definitely be hung on a wall, I would rather classify “Eye” as a sculpture than a painting. The three students of Liceo “Benedetti” who produced the artwork presented here are Asia Andrianelli, Federico Avanzi and Ilaria Buricelli. They assembled over a board painted in lucid black an image that was inspired by a picture of a section of the LHC collider. They reasoned Continue reading “Art & Science 17: Eye”

Art & Science 13: La Collisione

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

“La Collisione” – the collision – is the title of another event-display-inspired work by students of Liceo Benedetti in Venice, Ludovica Donà and Licia Memo. The students decided to employ discarded bits and pieces of colored glass to create a collage representing a LHC collision. Murano glass is a very well-known artistic product of Venice, so this choice connotates their work and localizes it in its provenance.

The choice of glass fragments was explicitated by the students to symbolize the creation of Higgs bosons, as glass fragments like Higgs bosons Continue reading “Art & Science 13: La Collisione”

Understanding Neural-Networks: Part I

by Giles Strong

Last week, as part of one of my PhD courses, I gave a one hour seminar covering one of the machine learning tools which I have used extensively in my research: neural networks. Preparation of the seminar was very useful for me, since it required me to make sure that I really understood how the networks function, and I (think I) finally got my head around back-propagation – more on that later. In this post, and depending on length, the next (few), I intend to reinterpret my seminar into something which might be of use to you, dear reader. Here goes!

A neural network is a method in the field of machine learning. This field aims to build predictive models to help solve complex tasks by exposing a flexible system to a large amount of data. The system is then allowed to learn by itself how to best form its predictions. Continue reading “Understanding Neural-Networks: Part I”

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