HGS-HIRe Power Week - Machine Learning - July 2023 - Martin Niemöller Haus


July 18-22, 2023


Machine Learning


Hannah Bossi (Yale University, USA)
Daniel Murnane (LBNL)
Liv Helen Vage (Imperial College)
Patrick McCormack (MIT)


Henner Büsching (HGS-HIRe)
Mario Krüger (local)

Course Information

Course Contents/Program

The focus of the power week on machine learning will be on code development and optimization for machine learning based problems in high energy physics. There will be a few introductory lectures based on relevant machine learning concepts, but most of the time will be spent on hands-on sessions working together in small groups.

Topics covered:

  • Overview of ML Architectures
    • Feed forward
    • CNN / image
    • RNN / series
    • GNN - Transformer / set, pointcloud
  • Training ML Architectures
    • Loss function
    • Supervised tasks
    • Semi-/Un-supervised tasks
  • Quantifying Uncertainty/Bias in ML
    • Architecture/ML Uncertainty
    • Physics Bias
  • ML Applications in HEP
  • HEP ML in production
    • Onnx
    • Prune / shrink models
    • Measure computational / physics performance
  • Comfortable with python and tools such as numpy, etc.
  • Some ML experience helpful

What to bring

Please bring your own laptop.


A more detailed schedule will be announced by the tutors on the first day of the course and possibly adapted to the daily requirements during the week.

Tuesday, July 18:

10:00 - Start of the first lecture

Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21:

All day - Educational sessions and hand on excercises

Saturday, July 22:

~15:00 - End of the course

Practical Information


Registration is done via email to info@hgs-hire.de.


The scientific program of the power week starts with the first lecture on Tuesday, July 18, at 10:00. Please arrive well in time, preferably not later that 9:30. The power week will close on Saturday afternoon around 15:00.

Late arrivals

If you will arrive late please contact the coordinator in advance.


The power week will be held at Martin-Niemöller-Haus, Am Eichwaldsfeld 3, 61389 Schmitten/Arnoldshain in the Taunus.
Directions can be found here >.


Please arrange for individual travel to the location. You can reach the venue by public transport (bus), otherwise please try to travel by car pool. If somebody want to offer a lift, please contact the other participants of the power week via the communicated mailing list.


Accomodation is mostly in twin bed rooms.


Special food requirements (vegetarian, other) should be communicated to the coordinator in advance.
Full board is included in the power week.

What to bring additionally

Clothing: The power week will be very informal, so only casual attire is necessary.
Linen/towel/others: All rooms have linen and towels, no need to bring them. Shower gel, shampoo and hair dryers are not provided.


Wireless internet access is available. Please don't forget to bring your own laptop!


All basic expenses are covered by HGS-HIRe. You only have to pay for local expenses (drinks in the evening etc.). All meals are included.


Though this trip will not generate any costs for your supervisor or group please do not forget to file a trip request so you are covered by insurance during the power week. Please ask the secretary of your official supervisor at the university for the appropriate form.

Participants (max. 21)

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