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Royal Holloway Physicist leads EU Training Network

Posted on 02/06/2017

A consortium of more than 20 universities, research labs and industrial partners led by Professor Glen Cowan of Royal Holloway's Centre for Particle Physics has been awarded a EUR 3.1M grant from the European Union for INSIGHTS, the ‘International Training Network for Statistics in High Energy Physics and Society’. 

The training network is an EU-supported Marie Curie Action project, which funds PhD students in an interdisciplinary programme that includes specialised schools, workshops and secondments in industries and research centres.

Pedro Teixeira-Dias, Professor of Particle Physics and Head of Department commented,

 "Glen Cowan is a world authority in the field of advanced statistics and data analysis techniques, and their application to research in particle physics. We are delighted that the EU ITN that he leads has been funded. It will focus on data-intensive research in particle physics, complemented with a strong element of training, interdisciplinarity and engagement with industry."

The INSIGHTS network is focused on the development and application of statistical methods for elementary particle physics, as carried out at research facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva.  The supported researchers will develop and apply research tools for physics from fields such as machine learning, software engineering, parametric modeling and Bayesian computation. An important component of the network involves knowledge exchange with areas outside particle physics, including finance, risk modeling, volcanology and climate science.

Professor Glen Cowan said,

"We're very excited to have the opportunity through INSIGHTS to train a cohort of scientists in modern statistical methods and to have these applied to research in Particle Physics and beyond.   In doing so we will establish collaborations and training structures that will continue long into the future."

A call for PhD applications will begin in early 2018.  More information can be obtained from Royal Holloway's Centre of Particle Physics website.

The Members of the INSIGHTS Network are:

Royal Holloway, University of London; University of Oslo; Max Planck Institute, Munich; NIKHEF, Amsterdam; Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy; KMPG, Netherlands; University of Naples "Federico II", Italy; University of Lund; CERN, Geneva; Pangea Formazione, Rome; University of Edinburgh.

 INSIGHTS will include collaboration with the following partner organisations:

Fiscal Technology, UK

Digitalcomoedia S.r.l., Naples

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

Computing Center for Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Munich

Center for International Climate Research, Oslo

Yandex, Moscow

DESY, Hamburg

University of Padova

University of Amsterdam

Technical University of Munich

Network Coordinator:  Prof Glen Cowan, Department of Physics, Royal Holloway 

Glen Cowan is Professor of Physics at Royal Holloway. He joined the Department of Physics in 1998, where he teaches Elementary Particle Physics and Computing and Statistical Data Analysis. His research is focused on analyzing data currently being collected by the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), coordinating and developing statistical methods and software for use by many studies carried out with ATLAS data.  


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