High fidelity simulations are a foundational component of fundamental physics (particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, cosmology) research. However, these simulations are often too slow or are limited in key ways. As a result, deep generative models have shown great promise for replacing or augmenting various aspects of data analysis in fundamental physics. In the spirit of the likelihood-free inference workshop held about a year ago at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), we are gathering (virtually) at BIDS for an afternoon to exchange problems, ideas, and techniques in the area of deep generative modeling for fundamental physics (co-hosted with the ML group in the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab). Here is an incomplete list of topics we would like to cover:
- Applications of generative modeling to fundamental physics
- Physics-informed models
- Practicalities of training and inference (mode collapse, generation speed, staticial power, …)
- Method comparisons (flows, autoencoders, GANs, …)
- Implicit versus explicit density models (our focus is on generation and not density estimation, but interesting to know if the latter helps with the former)
Registration is free but we ask you to please register at this link.
We aim to make this meeting a collaborative and productive event, and in that spirit we invite participants to propose topics for discussion by clicking this button:
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Proposed sessions can be found at this link, please comment on the proposals to indicate your interest.
- Februrary 17, 2021 : Opening registration
- March 3, 2021 : Schedule finalized
- March 17, 2021 : Workshop
- Ellianna Abrahms, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
- Vanessa Boehm, Department of Physics, UC Berkeley
- Aishik Ghosh, UC Irvine / Physics Division, Berkeley Lab
- Yue Shi Lai, Nuclear Science Division, Berkeley Lab
- Mustafa Mustafa, NERSC, Berkeley Lab
- Ben Nachman, Physics Division, Berkeley Lab
- Giuseppe Puglisi, Space Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley
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