The Machine Learning and Science Forum (formerly the Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum) meets biweekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains in the physical sciences and beyond. Hosted by UC Berkeley Physics Professor and BIDS Senior Fellow Uroš Seljak, these active sessions bring together domain scientists, statisticians, and computer scientists who are either developing state-of-the-art methods or are interested in applying these methods in their research. Practical questions about the meetings can be directed to Ben Nachman (, Vanessa Boehm (, and/or Marin Bukov ( To receive email notifications about upcoming meetings, please register here. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBNL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend. To recieve email notifications about meetings, please join the BIDS mailing list here. The traffic on this list is minimal (1-2 emails/week).

Our meetings are located in the BIDS space for the semester (190 Doe Library).

Upcoming sessions

  • January 27, 2020, 1:30pm: Marin Bukov (Physics, UC Berkeley). Title: Reinforcement Learning to Control Quantum Systems.
  • February 10, 2020, 1:30pm: Wahid Bhimji (NERSC): Title: Probabilistic programming at scale for science.
  • February 24, 2020, 1:30pm: TBD
  • March 9, 2020, 1:30pm: Charles Fisher (Unlearn.AI). Title: TBD.
  • March 23, 2020, 1:30pm: TBD
  • April 6, 2020, 1:30pm: TBD
  • April 20, 2020, 1:30pm: Sam Hopkins (EECS Theory group, UC Berkeley). Title: TBD.
  • May 4, 2020, 1:30pm: Jack Collins (Physics, SLAC). Title: TBD.

Previous sessions