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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via Science Search, a web-based search engine for scientific data that the Berkeley team is building. More>

CRD, NERSC Staff Help Organize International Particle Tracking Competition

CRD and NERSC staff helped organize a new international physics challenge that will assist scientists searching for new particles in the flood of data generated by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The TrackML Particle Tracking Challenge asks scientists to build an algorithm that quickly reconstructs particle tracks from 3D points left in the silicon detectors at the LHC. More>

Cosmic Microwave Whatnow?

Julian Borrill, who leads CRD’s Computational Cosmology Center, recently appeared as the “featured physicist” on the particle physics news site Interactions Collaboration. Borrill’s blog post explains the Cosmic Microwave Background and his work interpreting this faint echo of the Big Bang. More>

Planck Collaboration Wins 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize

The Planck Team — which includes researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research and Physics divisions — has been awarded the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. The prize honors “groundbreaking work in the fields of cosmology, genetics, and neuroscience that inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.” More>

Julian Borrill Elected Co-Spokesperson of Next-Gen Cosmic Microwave Background Experiment

Julian Borrill, who leads the Computational Cosmology Center in the Computational Research Division, has been elected co-spokesperson of CMB-S4, a next-generation ground-based experiment to study the faint relic radiation from the Big Bang. More>

Researchers Elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division, and Dean Toste and Birgitta Whaley of the Chemical Sciences Division, have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators. More>

Researchers Develop Platform for Hosting Science Data Analytics Competitions

The National Nuclear Security Administration is hosting a competition to find innovative algorithms to detect non-natural radiation sources in urban environments. They’ve teamed up with researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research, Nuclear Science, and Information Technology divisions to build a Kaggle-inspired data analytics competition platform to host it. More>

Juliane Mueller’s Career Path a Blueprint for Other Researchers

Finding a career can be an exciting and sometimes challenging time in one’s life. But it comes naturally to Juliane Mueller of the Computational Research Division. Her rock climbing hobby is reflective of how she mapped out her career path. The first step rock climbers take is to search for a spot where they can gain a hold that will lead them to their objective. More>

Kepler Solves Mystery of Fast and Furious Explosions

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has been used to catch notoriously short-lived FELTs — Fast-Evolving Luminous Transients — in the act and determine their nature. This has allowed astronomers to quickly arrive at this model for explaining FELTs. The Lab’s David Khatami is among those contributing to the modeling effort. More>

El Cerrito High School Students Get Hands-On Experience During Visit

Students from the IT Academy at El Cerrito High School recently took part in a special Big Data Study Trip hosted at the Lab and sponsored by Workforce Development and Education, EESA, NERSC, and CRD. They plotted characteristics and mapped patterns using water-quality data, and brainstormed on ways to collect and analyze data from San Pablo Bay. More>