October 29 – November 3, 2023 | Conference center Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF) in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
Cosmology, astro, and particle physics are constantly pushing forward the boundary of human knowledge further into the previously Unknown, fueled by open mysteries such as dark matter, dark energy or quantum gravity: simulating the Universe, simulating trillions of LHC particle collisions, searching for feeble anomalous signals in a deluge of data or inferring the underlying theory of nature by use of data which has been convolved with complex detector responses. The machine learning hammer has already proven itself useful to decipher our conversation with the Unknown.
What is holding us back and where is cutting-edge machine learning expected to triumph over conventional methods? This workshop will be an essential moment to explore open questions, foster new collaborations and shape the direction of ML design and application in these domains.
An overarching theme is given by unsupervised and generative models which have excelled recently given the success of transformers, diffusion and foundational models. Other success stories include simulation-based inference, optimal transport, active learning and anomaly detection. The community has also taken inspiration from the rise of machine learning in many other domains such as in molecular dynamics.
The trademark of Hammers & Nails is an informal atmosphere with open-ended lectures spanning academia and industry, and a stage for early-career scientists, with time for free discussion and collaboration.
Participation is by invitation. Limited admission through submission of an abstract and a brainstorming idea is available with focus on early-career scientists.
More information to follow soon.