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From Stars To Particles

by Ioanna Papavergou

Hi there! As this is my first post at the blog let me introduce myself. My name is Ioanna Papavergou and I am the new ESR of the AMVA4NewPhysics selected for the position at IASA in Athens. I was born and raised in Kavala, a small city by the sea located in the northern part of Greece.

Physics was my passion since high school and so there was no other option to me than studying Physics during my undergrad studies, getting my Bachelor degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During the Continue reading “From Stars To Particles”

AMVA4NewPhysics Deliverable 1.1: MVA for Higgs Boson Searches at the LHC

by the AMVA4NP press office

It is with a certain satisfaction that I can announce today that the AMVA4NewPhysics network is in complete control of its planned schedule, and has now started to provide real research-grade output, delivering its first two scientific products of relevance. Deliverable 1.1 (from work package 1, which focuses on MVA applications to Higgs boson studies) and Deliverable 4.1 (from work package 4, which focuses on the development of entirely new Machine Learning tools with in mind their application to specific HEP Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics Deliverable 1.1: MVA for Higgs Boson Searches at the LHC”

Decision Trees, Explained to Kids

by Tommaso Dorigo

Decision trees are one of the many players in the booming field of supervised machine learning. They can be used to classify elements into two or more classes, depending on their characteristics. Their interest in particle physics applications is large, as we always need to try and decide on a statistical basis what kind of physics process originated the particle collision we see in Continue reading “Decision Trees, Explained to Kids”

At school again – outreach event in Venice

by Alessia Saggio

I am back again in Lausanne for my third secondment foreseen by the AMVA4NewPhysics network after one week spent in Italy to attend a Soft-Skill workshop (Giles and Fabricio already talked about it in the last posts on this blog) and to give a conference to some high school students about the Higgs boson discovery at CERN.

As pointed out by Tommaso in this post, this year some students are involved in a very interesting project that aims at combining together art and Continue reading “At school again – outreach event in Venice”

Language and communication

by Giles Strong

An Englishman, two Italians, a Spaniard, a German, a Pole, and a Venezuelan walk into to a bar; the barman looks over and exclaims “What is this, some kind of European research-network?”

I’d been drafting a similar post to this a few months ago, but without a central point, it felt a bit flat and I never published it. But with seven of the ESRs from our network gathered in one place for a workshop in communication skills, I might finally Continue reading “Language and communication”

Padova: What to Expect

by Fabricio Jimenez

The time for my first secondment is about to arrive and I have to say that reading previous stories in this blog has set the bar high for this new experience. We are aiming to start a collaborative work between my lab at Blaise Pascal University and the Statistics Department at the University of Padova (UNIPD), with two secondments planned: mine during next February in Padova and Greg’s here in Clermont-Ferrand in a Continue reading “Padova: What to Expect”

Art and Science: Outreach in Venice

by Tommaso Dorigo

In a few days, students from five high schools in Venice will be lectured on particle physics, the Higgs boson, the giant detectors of today’s colliders, and will be treated with pictures and graphs aimed at stimulating their artistic vein.

This initiative, which is part of the “CREATIONS” EU project, is carried out by personnel of the AMVA4NewPhysics network – another EU project, the one I am coordinating since 2015. The idea is that students of the third and fourth year of high school spend the months of February through May creating artwork inspired by particle physics. The best of these works will be exposed during EPS 2017, the international conference that takes place this July in the Lido of Venice.

Continue reading “Art and Science: Outreach in Venice”

AMVA4NewPhysics: Where We Are

by Tommaso Dorigo

The AMVA4NewPhysics network has reached month 17, and its third solar year in existence. It is time, I think, to make a short summary of what has been going on until now, before we concentrate our attention on what lies ahead.

Overall, if we look at the plan as its authors designed it in the fall of 2014, we see an impressive level of agreement. This is by no means a trivial statement! Writing a successful ITN project involves making a number Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics: Where We Are”

CERN from the inside

by Grzegorz Kotkowski

Since the beginning of October I have been in secondment at CERN. I expressed my first feelings about this complex research center in my post “CERN at first sight”. Two months have passed and my former admiration has settled down. The common days allowed me to get accustom to it and eventually I could focus on my work.

Throughout this time I have participated in numerous seminars and speeches. As I am not a physicist some of them were difficult for me to follow, but eventually Continue reading “CERN from the inside”

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