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Colloquium – Konstantin Matchev – Interplay of Fundamental Physics and Machine Learning

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Konstantin Matchev (University of Florida) Title: Interplay of Fundamental Physics and Machine Learning Abstract: The recent boom in AI algorithms and their successful application to high-dimensional large datasets from all aspects of life motivates us to approach a number of problems in physics and astronomy as machine-learning tasks, with custom loss functions and specialized

Colloquium – Katia Matcheva – Exoplanets Exploration in the Era of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Katia Matcheva (University of Florida) Title: Exoplanets Exploration in the Era of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Abstract: Transmission spectroscopy is a powerful tool to decode the chemical composition of the atmospheres of transiting extrasolar planets. Our ability to reliably and meaningfully extract information about their physical structure and chemical composition from the observed spectra

Colloquium – Shaozhi Li – Phonon Controlled Quantum Phenomena in Correlated Materials

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Shaozhi Li (Clemson University) Title: Phonon Controlled Quantum Phenomena in Correlated Materials Abstract: In quantum materials, millions of electrons and ions interact with each other, generating diverse quantum phenomena. Today, it remains a significant challenge in simulating such complex microscopic interactions. In this talk, I will discuss the great potential of AI techniques in

Colloquium – Steven Ehkert – 25 Years of the Chandra X-ray Observatory

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Steven Ehkert (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) Title: 25 Years of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Abstract: The Chandra X-ray Observatory, launched on July 23rd 1999, has revolutionized our understanding of high energy astronomical phenomena and objects. As we approach 25 years of operations for NASA’s flagship X-ray observatory, we will look back on some

Colloquium – Man Leong Chan – AI in gravitational wave astronomy: successes and challenges

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Man Leong (Mervyn) Chan (University of British Columbia) Title: AI in gravitational wave astronomy: successes and challenges Abstract: The LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration has achieved ground-breaking success in detecting over 100 gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences. The observation of GW170817, a binary neutron star merger, has marked the onset of an exciting era of multi-messenger

Colloquium – Vinicius Mikuni – Accelerating Discovery in High Energy Physics using AI

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Vinicius Mikuni (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Title: Accelerating Discovery in High Energy Physics using AI Abstract: The past decade was marked by an exponential increase in the availability of experimental data in high energy physics, leading to unprecedented precision in the description of particle interactions. However, indirect evidence for new physics processes, such as

Colloquium – Taoli Cheng – Towards AI-assisted High Energy Physics: A New Paradigm of Understanding Elementary Particles

Gallallee Hall Room 227 Gallalee Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

Speaker: Taoli Cheng (University of Montreal) Title: Towards AI-assisted High Energy Physics: A New Paradigm of Understanding Elementary Particles Abstract: The rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning methodologies is driving a profound paradigm shift in scientific discovery. Armed with large-scale datasets and the ability to handle high dimensionality, deep neural networks offer