26th May 2016 – London Cosmology Discussion Meeting (Machine Learning)

First session:

– Rob Hogan (formally of King’s College), “Introduction to Machine Learning

– Michelle Lochner (UCL), “Photometric Supernova Classification With Machine Learning


Second session:

 – Michael McLeod (UCL), “Estimating the Mass of the Local Group using Machine Learning Applied to Numerical Simulations”
 – Journal club-style discussion of machine learning papers. Papers put up for discussion include: http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.08497 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.0790
End of Session

3rd March 2016 – London Cosmology Discussion Meeting (Gravitational Waves)


14:00    Malcolm McCallum (QMUL): Overview – the theory and history of gravitational waves.

14:30   Samaya Nissanke (LIGO-VIRGO collaboration, Radboud University): Insider’s view of the                LIGO detection and the work of their collaboration.

15:15  BREAK

16:00  Journal Club-style presentation/discussion of the LIGO papers, led by Jonathan Braden                 (UCL) & Samaya Nissanke

16:40  General Discussion

17:00  Close

10th December 2015 – London Cosmology Discussion Meeting

Talks from the 10th December LCDM are available below!

Cosmology with Estimated Covariance Matrices — Alan Heavens (Imperial)
Developments and Prospects in the Direct Detection of Light Dark Matter — Jonathan Davis (Kings)
Measuring the CMB through Component Separation with Directional Wavelets — Keir Rogers (UCL)
Halo Detection in LSS Surveys — Alex Merson (UCL)

29th October 2015 – London Cosmology Discussion Meeting

Update: talks now available at links below. 

The next London Cosmology Discussion Meeting will be held next week at 1400 on Thursday 29th October at the Royal Astronomical Society.

There is no overall theme, but we have two theory talks related to field theory for inflation and dark energy and two talks focusing more on methods for and analysis of data.

The talks and the speakers will be the following:

14:00 – 14:25: Soft limits in multifield inflation — David Mulryne (QMUL)
14:25 – 14:50: Effective field theory in cosmology — Raquel Ribeiro (QMUL)
14:50 – 15:15: Discussion

15:15 – 15:45: *** Tea break ***

15:45 – 16:10: Transient astronomy and machine learning for cosmology in the era of LSST — Michelle Lochner (UCL)
16:10 – 16:35: Bahamas: Bayesian reanalysis of SNe data — Hik Shariff (Imperial)
16:35 – 17:00: Discussion

28th May 2015 – London Cosmology Discussion Meeting – Dark Matter Extravaganza !

The next London Cosmology Discussion Meeting will be held next week at 1400 on Thursday 28th May at the Royal Astronomical Society on the theme of Dark Matter.

The talks and the speakers will be the following (precise titles may change)

Dark Matter Cosmology:
14:00 – 14:25: New results from DES dark matter mapping – Ofer Lahav
14:25 – 14:50: New results from dark matter mapping (Clusters and A3827) – Tom Kitching
14:50 – 15:15: Discussion

15:15 – 15:45: *** Tea break ***

Dark Matter Particle Physics:
15:45 – 16:10: Status of dark matter searches at colliders – Sarah Malik
16:10 – 16:35: The direct search for Dark Matter with underground experiments – Chamkaur Ghag
16:35 – 17:00: Discussion

29th January 2015 — London Cosmology Discussion Meeting

On Thursday 29th January 2015 a LCDM was held with the programme below.

14:00 Katy Clough “Adaptive Mesh Numerical Relativity and Critical Phenomena in Bubble Collapse” (KCL)
14:30 Jonathan Braden “Preheating : A Shock-in-Time Connecting Inflation to the Hot Big Bang” (UCL)
15:00 Break
15:30 Alexander Khanin – “Bayesian Analysis of Cosmic Rays” (IC)
16:00 Robert Hogan – “GAz: A Genetic Algorithm for Photometric Redshift Estimation” (KCL)
16:30 Discussion
17:00 Close