Physics Colloquium: Dries Sels, Harvard University
Machine-aided science, a new era in (quantum) many body physics?
The progress in physics since the Renaissance has been truly astounding. The detection of the Higgs boson and gravitational waves mark the end of a golden century for physics. Amidst the second quantum revolution, we are at a critical juncture. Many of the systems we need to master are extremely complex. How fast we will make progress on these challenges will largely depend on our ability to synthesize large amounts of information. While our brain has shown a remarkable capacity for abstraction, it’s limited. Artificial intelligence may provide a route to tackle problems that would remain intractable for humans otherwise. In this talk I will discuss recent progress in machine learning with applications in physics. A large part of the talk will be devoted to the problem of controlling complex quantum systems.
Wednesday, January 16 at 4:00pm
Higgins Hall, Room 310