The Automated Physicist: Experimental Particle Physics in the Era of AI

Written by: Stephen Hsu

My office will be recording some of the most interesting of the many talks that happen at MSU. I will post some of my favorites here on the blog. See the MSU Research channel on YouTube for more! Audio for this video isn’t great, but we are making improvements in our process / workflow for capturing these presentations.

In this video, high energy physicist Harrison B. Prosper (Florida State University) discusses the history of AI/ML, Deep Learning, and applications to LHC physics and beyond.

The Automated Physicist: Experimental Particle Physics in the Age of AI

Abstract: After a broad brush review of the history of machine learning (ML), followed by a brief introduction to the state-of-the-art, I discuss the goals of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider and how machine learning is being used to help reach those goals. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI), such as Google’s AlphaGoZero, I end with speculative ideas about how the exponentially improving ML/AI technology may, or may not, be helpful in particle physics research over the next few decades.

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Stephen Hsu
Stephen Hsu is vice president for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University. He also serves as scientific adviser to BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) and as a member of its Cognitive Genomics Lab. Hsu’s primary work has been in applications of quantum field theory, particularly to problems in quantum chromodynamics, dark energy, black holes, entropy bounds, and particle physics beyond the standard model. He has also made contributions to genomics and bioinformatics, the theory of modern finance, and in encryption and information security. Founder of two Silicon Valley companies—SafeWeb, a pioneer in SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Networks) appliances, which was acquired by Symantec in 2003, and Robot Genius Inc., which developed anti-malware technologies—Hsu has given invited research seminars and colloquia at leading research universities and laboratories around the world.