Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 3:30pm

Machine learning is transforming many aspects of people's lives at an extraordinary rate, as shown by the appearance and adoption of large language models, such as chatGPT. It is (at a slower and less successful rate) showing up in physical sciences, appearing in up to 10% of new papers in some areas. Some of these papers are excellent, while many do not meet traditional scientific publishing standards.

I have been involved with ML for about 12 years in my research, and have been teaching ML in a graduate course to chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and materials scientists for about 4 years. I am not an expert in ML. This talk will be for a general scientific audience. I will explain some of the basic concepts of ML. I will try to shed some light on the rapid development of this technology and its impact on both our research and our teaching within and beyond our school.


Kieron Burke




RH 104