Driving Global Inference for New Physics with Machine Learning, Big Data and Large-scale Statistical Simulation (Cancelled) (21w5233)


(Simon Fraser University)

Jonathan Cornell (University of Cincinnati)

Anders Kvellestad (University of Oslo)

Pat Scott (Quantum Brilliance & University of Queensland)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Driving Global Inference for New Physics with Machine Learning, Big Data and Large-scale Statistical Simulation" workshop in Banff from January 24 to January 29, 2021.

The physical sciences have entered the era of big data, and particle physics is no exception. Extremely powerful particle colliders, telescopes observing light across the energy spectrum, and precise underground experiments have been running for years and have produced remarkably detailed and complex data sets. While no definitive signal of new physics has yet emerged from these experiments, it is quite possible that hints of new phenomena are hidden in these results, only missed due to the limitations of our analysis methods. In this workshop, we will bring together statisticians and physicists to discuss novel methods of data analysis, with a focus on machine learning, in which computers are programmed to think in ways akin to humans. We will launch the development of new computer tools that will allow us to overcome current computational limitations and fully test particle physics theories against all available data, potentially leading to discoveries that will shed light on some of the most profound questions in physics.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).