Our new independent theory research group, led by Mario Krenn (founded in September 2021), investigates how new artificial intelligence (AI) can make conceptual advances in physics, particularly quantum physics and quantum optics.
We are excited about the potential of artificial intelligence-inspired and -augmented science, and how we can use algorithms in a more “creative” way. We are convinced that the application of AI in science is not a mere technical question but touches the foundations of science. Thus, in order to make progress, it will be important to learn what humans mean by crucial scientific concepts such as surprising, creativity or understanding.
Concretely, we are developing AI-based tools for the design of new quantum experiments and hardware. Beyond the immediate interest in the designs themselves, the main goal is to understand the underlying concepts and ideas discovered by the machine to solve specific questions. We also build autonomously semantic network from scientific publications, and use machine learning to predict and suggest personalized future research questions and ideas. In that sense, we use the machine as a source of inspiration to accelerate scientific progress. Our research has recently been summarized in Scientific American.
- 2022.04.22: Welcome to our new Bachelor student Jan Petermann!
- 2022.04.05: New paper preprint on Scientific Understanding with Artificial Intelligence. Perspective towards an essential aim of science - IMO crucial for the creation of a true Artificial Scientist.
- 2022.04.04: New paper preprint on SELFIES and the future of molecular string representations for AI in chemistry and material science (collaborations with 31 coauthors from 10 different countries).
- 2022.02.24: Paper published in Phys.Rev.Applied on the first experimental qutrit-GHZ state in a superconducting device.
- 2021.12.23: New paper preprint on the experimental observation of a new quantum interference effect, and its nonlocal control with undetected photons. The interference effect was discovered by our AI algorithms a few years ago.
- 2021.11.15: Welcome to our new Master student Juilee Kulkarni!
- 2021.09.29: New paper preprint on the usage of logic and SAT solvers in the design of quantum experiments.
- 2021.09.07: New paper preprint on the internal worldview of deep generative models in quantum experiments.
- 2021.09.01: The Artificial Scientist Lab at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Theory Division) sees its first light. Founding members: Sören Arlt, Carlos Ruiz González and Mario Krenn.