About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

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The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

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VIRTUAL INPA SEMINAR | Matthew Ho (Carnegie Mellon)

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Matthew Ho (Carnegie Mellon)

Title: Galaxy Cluster Mass Estimation Using Deep Learning 


In this talk, I will discuss how we use modern deep learning models to infer galaxy cluster masses with high precision, reliable uncertainty, and computational efficiency. I will describe our work in using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to mitigate systematics in the virial scaling relation to produce dynamical mass estimates of galaxy clusters, using projected galaxies, with remarkably low bias and scatter. I will also discuss how we can recover and empirically verify Bayesian uncertainties on deep learning mass predictions using variational weight distributions. I will describe how we’ve validated our methods on real observational systems like the Coma, CLASH, and HeCS clusters as well as projections for how we can use these models to study cluster cosmology using data from current and upcoming sky surveys. Lastly, I will mention results from our ongoing work on combining multi-wavelength observables to produce fully informed observational probes of cluster dark matter.
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January 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Paris Gordon. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Paris Gordon.