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Begegnungszone: Statistical Physics and Machine Learning

Statistical Physics and Machine Learning: General


Our workshop aims to identify leading challenges at the interface between statistical physics and machine learning. To achieve this, we will create a stimulating atmosphere for fruitful exchange of knowledge and engaging discussions between ambitious junior researchers (Ph.D. students to junior faculty) and experienced researchers from the fields of statistical physics (including applications to biology, chemistry, and material science), mathematical statistics, and machine learning. A limited number of participants will allow us to identify leading challenges at the outlined emerging interface, to exchange ideas across disciplinary (as well as corporate-public) boundaries, and to build consortiums for the bedding of competitive research grants in this area. Participants will share their past successes and failures in the form of contributed posters of which we select a few for contributed talks. In addition, we will provide ample time for discussions as well as match-making sessions with small, interdisciplinary groups of joint interest to work out a project for potential future collaboration. Using such active elements, we aim to build and foster new bridges between statistical physics and machine learning to develop novel, theory-informed machine learning approaches for future challenges.


Applications are selected based on their motivation, previous engagement within one of the relevant fields, and ideas for future challenges at the emergent interface. We highly welcome applications from junior researchers.
To apply, please visit the Application page and fill the associated form, including an explanation of your motivation to attend the workshop as well as an abstract for your contribution until the application deadline. The motivation letter should include a description of your previous exposition to the topics of the workshop, your current career stage, what you believe are future challenges, and what you expect to gain from the workshop. In general, contributions are in the form of a poster but we select a few contributed talks based on the submitted abstract.

Cost and support

The conference fee of € 250,- is payable in advance by bank transfer or credit card (details to follow) and covers full board at the conference venue as well as the relevant conference materials. Accommodation needs to be booked and paid for separately. We have a contingent of rooms at the Seminaris at a cost of € 94,- per night.

Participants from LMICs as well as young participants irrespective of origin can apply for support in case they struggle to meet the full cost of participation. In a small number of cases, we will be able to offer partial support.

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