LIP Lisboa

AI-assisted design of experiments at the frontiers of computation: methods and new perspectives

by Pietro Vischia (Ramón y Cajal Senior Researcher, Universidad de Oviedo)

Seminar Room (LIP)

Seminar Room


Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, n.2 Complexo Interdisciplinar (3is) 1649-003 Lisboa Portugal

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Designing the next generation colliders and detectors involves solving optimization problems in high-dimensional spaces where the optimal solutions may nest in regions that even a team of expert humans would not explore.

Resorting to Artificial Intelligence to assist the experimental design introduces however significant computational challenges in terms of generation and processing of the data required to perform such optimizations: from the software point of view, differentiable programming makes the exploration of such spaces with gradient descent feasible; from the hardware point of view, the complexity of the resulting models and their optimization is prohibitive. To scale up to the complexity of the typical HEP collider experiment, a change in paradigma is required.

In this talk I will describe the first proofs-of-concept of gradient-based optimization of experimental design and implementations in neuromorphic hardware architectures, paving the way to more complex challenges.