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Events on Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Academic Calendar
Deadline for Graduate students to withdraw from the Fall term
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Academic Calendar
Last class day for fall semester
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Physics ∩ ML Seminar
Differentiable Programming in HEP
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Place: Online Seminar: Please sign up for our mailing list at for zoom link. We will also livestream the talk in Chamberlin 5280.
Speaker: Lukas Heinrich, TU Munich
Abstract: The rise of machine learning within the last decade has to a large degree also been the success of differentiable programming and gradient-based methods both in optimization as well as statistical inference. Going beyond vanilla Deep Learning, differentiable programming allows physicists to inject domain knowledge throughout the ML workflow from adding inductive bias to models via symmetries, using physics models within the loss definition or in defining more informative label data. While this may significantly increase both interpretability and efficiency of ML application in physics, challenges remain in casting key physics processes in the language of differentiable programming - particularly for the deeply hierarchical stochastic processes one observes in high energy physics. In this talk I will review recent advances in applying differentiable programming as a paradigm to HEP and point out new research directions.
Host: Gary Shiu
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Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: B343 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Mark Eriksson, UW-Madison, Physics
Monthly Department Meeting
Host: Mark Eriksson
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Wednesday Nite @ The Lab
What the heck is x-ray astronomy and why do we bother?
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: 1111 Genetics/Biotech or sign up for the zoom link at
Speaker: Dan McCammon, UW–Madison physics
Host: Tom Zinnen
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