citizen science


Submitted by Steven Goldfarb on Thu, 11/19/2020 - 16:51

ATLAS@Home is a research project that uses volunteer computing to run simulations of the ATLAS experiment. You can participate by downloading and running a free program on your computer.

ATLAS physicists are continuously comparing their data with both "known" physics and "new" phenomena predicted by alternative models of the universe, particles and interactions. These tasks run on the WLCG Computing Grid and at any one point there are around 150,000 tasks! You can help ATLAS run these tasks by using your computer's idle time to run simulations.

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Become a Higgs Hunter

HiggsHunters is the first mass-participation citizen science project for the Large Hadron Collider, allowing non-experts to get directly involved in physics analysis. Since its launch in 2014 on the Zooniverse platform, over 30,000 people from 179 countries have participated in the project. Their work has led to the project’s first publication on arXiv.

5th December 2016
5th December 2016

ATLAS' Higgs ML Challenge data open to public

The dataset from the ATLAS Higgs Machine Learning Challenge has been released on the CERN Open Data Portal.

5th March 2015

Join the Higgs Hunt

Higgs Hunters, the first particle physics venture on Zooniverse, a citizen science project, has been launched in collaboration with the University of Oxford, New York University and the ATLAS Experiment. Higgs Hunters invites online volunteers to participate in studying the properties of the new boson, which may hold clues as to what lies beyond our current understanding of the universe.

1st December 2014
1st December 2014

Machine Learning Wins the Higgs Challenge

The winner of the four-month long Higgs Machine Learning Challenge, launched on 12 May, is Gábor Melis from Hungary, followed closely by Tim Salimans from The Netherlands and Pierre Courtiol from France. They will receive cash prizes, sponsored by Paris-Saclay Centre for Data Science and Google, of $7000, $4000, and $2000 respectively. The three winners have been invited to participate at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference on 13 December in Canada.

20th November 2014

Are You Up for the Higgs Challenge?

It's been four weeks since the four-month long Higgs Machine Learning Challenge was announced. Almost 700 teams have signed up and more than 200 have beaten the in-house benchmark already.

16th June 2014