School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Seminar: Operational Research Group: Machine Learning and High Energy Particle Physics

4 April 2018

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: BR 3.01, Bancroft Road Teaching Room, QMUL

The Operational Research Group is organising the 1st multidisciplinary seminars together with Maths, Physics, EECS and SEMS.

Welcome to our third speaker Dr Jonathan Hays from School of Physics and Astronomy. 

Time: Wednesday, 04 April at 16:00 pm. 

Location: BR 3.01, Bancroft Road Teaching Room, QMUL

Title: Machine Learning and High Energy Particle Physics


Over the last two decades or so machine learning has had widespread application throughout particle physics, focusing generally on classification problems. I will briefly review a little of the history of ML within the field and show some highlights of the current problem domains where ML is being applied. I will give my personal view on some of the issues with how we use ML as well as where the field may be moving in the future.


Dr Jon Hays is a Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics at School of Physics and Astronomy. He is interested in the origins of the masses of the fundamental particles.He has been involved in the search for the Higgs boson in its incarnation within the Standard Model and in a number of supersymmetric models. Dr Hays was one the two official representatives of the D0 experiment on the Tevatron New Physics and Higgs Working group. This group performs the statistical combination of the results of Higgs searches at the two experiments that ran at the Tevatron proton-anti-proton collider at Fermilab near Chicago, IL. He was also an important contributor the continuing search for the standard model Higgs boson for the CMS experiment at the LHC at CERN, working on the key channel where the Higgs boson decays to two photons. This culminated in the discovery of a Higgs-like boson in July 2012. Dr. Hay's work in Higgs physics now continues on the ATLAS experiment where he is interested in measuring the physical properties of the new boson and how it interacts with the other fundamental particles. These measurements will reveal the nature of the new particle and tell us whether we have indeed found the boson predicted by the standard model, or perhaps something new that we cannot yet explain.