Jul 17 – 23, 2017
Europe/London timezone

The Third Machine Learning summer school organized by Yandex School of Data AnalysisLaboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis of National Research University Higher School of Economics and Imperial College London will be held in Reading, UK from 17 to 23 July 2017.

The school is intended to cover the relatively young area of data analysis and computational research that has started to emerge in High Energy Physics (HEP). It is known by several names including “Multivariate Analysis”, “Neural Networks”, “Classification/Clusterization techniques”. In more generic terms, these techniques belong to the field of “Machine Learning”, which is an area that is based on research performed in Statistics and has received a lot of attention from the Data Science community.

There are plenty of essential problems in High energy Physics that can be solved using Machine Learning methods. These vary from online data filtering and reconstruction to offline data analysis.

Students of the school will receive a theoretical and practical introduction to this new field and will be able to apply acquired knowledge to solve their own problems. Topics ranging from decision trees to deep learning and hyperparameter optimization will be covered with concrete examples and hands-on tutorials. A special data-science competition will be organized within the school to allow participants to get better feeling of real-life ML applications scenarios.

Expected number of students for the school is 50-60 people.

Pre-requisites for participation

Upon completion of the school participants would be able to

  • formulate a HEP-related problem in ML-friendly terms
  • select quality criteria for a given problem
  • understand and apply principles of widely-used classification models (e.g. boosting, bagging, BDT, neural networks, etc) to practical cases
  • optimize features and parameters of a given model in efficient way under given restrictions
  • select the best classifier implementation amongst a variety of ML libraries (scikit-learn, xgboost, deep learning libraries, etc)
  • define & conduct reproducible data-driven experiments

School competition

Details on the school Machine Learning competition are provided on the dedicated page.


Imperial College London



The school is sponsored by Winton which allows us to provide a subsidy for students who are not able to afford the registration fee out of their own funds. See registration fee page for details. 

GPU resources in the cloud are provided by Microsoft Azure.

Reading University
Reading University, Reading, United Kingdom

"The school met my expectations quite well. The material was challenging but appropriate, and the data challenges were exciting."
-- Andreas Sogaard

(more MLHEP feedback)