Mario Krenn invited to workshop at the conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)

Research group leader Mario Krenn from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) has been invited to be in a panel at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop at the 36th conference on NeurIPS, one of the largest AI conference in the world. The Workshop takes place on December 3, 2022 in New Orleans.

The Machine Learning and the Physical Science workshop at NeurIPS aims to provide an informal, inclusive and leading-edge venue for research and discussions at the interface of machine learning (ML) and the physical sciences. This interface spans (1) applications of ML in physical sciences (ML for physics), (2) developments in ML motivated by physical insights (physics for ML), and most recently (3) convergence of ML and physical sciences (physics with ML) which inspires questioning what scientific understanding means in the age of complex-AI powered science, and what roles machine and human scientists will play in developing scientific understanding in the future.

Mario Krenn is uniquely qualified to give insights on these questions. He leads the research group Artificial Scientist Lab in the Theory Division at MPL. He and his team are developing AI-based tools for the design of new quantum experiments and hardware. The main goal is to understand the underlying concepts and ideas discovered by the machine to solve specific questions. They are convinced that the application of AI in science is not just a technical question but touches the foundation of science.

At the workshop, Krenn will discuss the philosophical questions of science and artificial intelligence together with Emily Sullivan, Assistant Professor of philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology and the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute as well as Kathleen Creel, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. Other invited speakers include Giorgio Parisi, the 2021 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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