Research Opportunities

I lead several research initiatives in machine learning for particle physics and astrophysics. Additionally, some group members contribute to open source machine learning software development.

Research opportunities

Student involvement in research is one of my research and education priorities. If you are looking for a PhD position in high-energy physics and machine learning or machine learning and astrophysics, please get in touch with me by email about possible opportunities. If you are an MS or an undergraduate student looking for research opportunities in machine learning and/or particle physics and are interested in my research activities please get it touch with me about possible research projects. If you are interested in any of the current GSoC projects, please reach out via the GSoC program.

Research group news

Dr. Davide di Croce started in August 2020 as a postdoctoral research associate in our group. Dr. di Croce works on the development of machine learning methods for detector reconstruction and their integration into CMS Software Framework and the development of new physics analyses based on these methods.

A number of students have joined the group in the areas of end-to-end deep learning for particle physics, CMS physics analysis, ML for fast simulation, quantum machine learning and deep learning applications to strong gravitational lensing.

Sitong An started in September 2018 as an INSIGHTS Marie-Curie CERN fellow to work on machine learning applications in high-energy physics, and will simultaneously pursue his doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University, co-advised by Manfred Paulini.


Current research group and activities:

Davide di Croce                            Postdoc at UA                                                                                Rare Higgs Decays, End-to-end reconstruction

Emanuele Usai                             Postdoc at Brown (M. Narain)                                                     End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Sitong An                                       CERN fellow (co-advised with M. Paulini and L. Moneta)       Graph Neural Networks for HGCAL and Fast Simulation

Ana Maria Slivar                           Doctoral student at University of Alabama                              End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Michael Andrews                         Doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon (M. Paulini)                    End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Bjorn Burkle                                 Doctoral student at Brown University (U. Heinz)                      End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Hanna Parul                                 Doctoral student at University of Alabama                                DeepLense subgroup

Michael Toomey                          Doctoral student at Brown University (S. Alexander)               DeepLense subgroup

Suzanne Rozenzweig                  Doctoral student at University of Florida (J. Konigsberg)         Machine Learning for Exotic Higgs Searches

Ali Hariri                                        Masters student at American University of Beirut                    Falcon Project

Pranath Reddy                             Masters student at Bits Pilani                                                       DeepLense Subgroup

Ryker von Klar                             Undergraduate student at University of Alabama                     DeepLense subgroup

Anthony Filoromo                       Undergraduate student at University of Alabama                    Machine Learning

Asit Singh                                      Undergraduate student at University of Alabama                    DeepLense subgroup

Nikolas Pervan                             Undergraduate student at Brown University                             End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Shravan Chaudhari                     Undergraduate student at Bits Pilani                                           End-to-end deep learning subgroup

Prateek Kumar                            Undergraduate student IIT Delhi                                                    Machine learning for L1Trigger

John Blue                                      Undergraduate student at Davidson College (M. Kutchera)     Falcon Project

Darya Dyachkova                         Undergraduate student at Minerva Schools KGI                       End-to-end deep learning, Falcon Project

Raphael Koh                                 Undergraduate student at University of Waterloo                    QMLHEP project




Current and Past Google Summer of Code Projects (ML4SCI Umbrella Organization Founder/Org Admin/Mentor 2021-present; CERN-HSF Umbrella Organization Founder/Org Admin/Mentor 2016 – present):

Graph Neural Networks for End-to-End Particle Identification with the CMS Experiment

End-to-End Deep Learning Regression for Measurements with the CMS Experiment

End-to-End Deep Learning Reconstruction for CMS Experiment

On the potential of graph-based models in High Energy Physics

Normalizing Flows for Fast Detector Simulation

Domain Adaptation for Decoding Dark Matter with Strong Gravitational Lensing

Equivariant Neural Networks for Dark Matter Morphology with Strong Gravitational Lensing

Direct Objective Function for Anomaly Detection

Quple – Quantum GAN

Quantum Convolutional Neural Networks for High Energy Physics Analysis at the LHC

Graph Neural Networks for Particle Momentum Estimation in the CMS Trigger System

Machine Learning Model for the Albedo of Mercury

Machine Learning Model for the Planetary Albedo

Background Estimation with Neural Autoregressive Flows

Dimensionality Reduction for Studying Diffuse Circumgalactic Medium

Uncovering the Enigma of Type-Ia Supernovae: Thermonuclear Supernova Classification via their Nuclear Signatures

Cosmic-Ray Imaging Studies via Mission-Imagery from Space (CRISMIS)

Falcon Project

Pre-processing and feature engineering in TMVA


IRIS-HEP Fellowship Project(s):




Past members of the research group:

Omar Zapata Mesa                            Undergraduate U of Antiochia                                      CERN Junior Fellow

Engin Eren (masters)                        PhD from University of Hamburg 2018                         DESY Fellow

Andrew Carnes (doctoral)                PhD from University of Florida 2018                             Data Science

Miles Wu (undergrad)                       PhD from University of Chicago 2017                           Data Science/Industry

Jason Terry (undergrad)                   Undergraduate Brown University                                  UGA PhD student

Lucas Kang (undergrad)                   Undergraduate Brown University                                  JHU PhD student

Simon Pfreundshuh (masters)        MS student Chalmers                                                       Chalmers PhD student

Selim Hotinli (masters)                      MS student at Bogazici University                                 Imperial PhD student

Sinan Kefeli (masters)                       Undergraduate student at Bogazici University            Caltech PhD student