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Machine learning at the energy and intensity frontiers of particle physics

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Our knowledge of the fundamental particles of nature and their interactions is summarized by the standard model of particle physics. Advancing our understanding in this field has required experiments that operate at ever higher energies and intensities, which produce extremely large and information-rich data samples. The use of machine-learning techniques is revolutionizing how we interpret these data samples, greatly increasing the discovery potential of present and future experiments. Here we summarize the challenges and opportunities that come with the use of machine learning at the frontiers of particle physics.

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  1. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA

    • Alexander Radovic
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

    • Mike Williams
  3. LAL, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France

    • David Rousseau
  4. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA, USA

    • Michael Kagan
    •  & Kazuhiro Terao
  5. Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    • Daniele Bonacorsi
  6. INFN Sezione di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    • Daniele Bonacorsi
  7. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, USA

    • Alexander Himmel
  8. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

    • Adam Aurisano
  9. Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

    • Taritree Wongjirad


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