May 29, 2023 to June 2, 2023
Pollica Physics Center
Europe/Rome timezone

At the interface of physics, mathematics and artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing both the technological industries and fundamental sciences. While breakthroughs in long-standing and more applied problems such as playing Go or protein folding have been well-publicized, important progress has been achieved in theoretical physics through AI techniques. For example, it provides a new way for simulating lattice QCD with matter in four dimensions, or to address issues related to building string compactifications and string field theory, while also solving difficult mathematical questions (such as building a Calabi-Yau metric or solving the accessory parameter problem in Poincaré uniformization for Riemann surfaces). On the other hand, AI algorithms are notoriously resource-consuming and their results are difficult to interpret, which is a major hurdle for scientific discovery. Physics provides a natural framework to construct an effective theory of learning and improve our understanding of AI and its performances.

The objective of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring researchers of these different areas together to improve the transfer of knowledge, techniques and ideas in order to provide deeper insights into fundamental aspects of our Universe, the scientific discovery process, and artificial intelligence. The workshop will take place in the beautiful setting of the medieval town of Pollica in Southwestern Italy (Cilento region).

Event information

  • Location: Castello dei Principi Capano, Pollica, Salerno, Italy

  • Dates: 29 May - 2 June 2023

  • Application deadline for attending: 28 February 2023


  • ML for string theory and geometry

  • ML for lattice QFT

  • QFT and statistical physics for ML

Invited Speakers

  • Gérard Ben Arous (NYU)

  • Miranda Cheng (Amsterdam U.; Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

  • Jim Halverson (Northeastern U.; IAIFI)

  • Atakan Hilmi Firat (MIT; IAIFI)

  • Sven Krippendorf (LMU)

  • Kim Nicoli (TU Berlin)

  • Sébastien Racanière (DeepMind UK)

  • Valentina Ros (Saclay U.)

  • Vasily Sazonov (CEA-LIST)

  • Greg Yang (Microsoft Research)

Scientific and organizing committee

  • Harold Erbin (MIT & IAIFI, USA; CEA-LIST, France)

  • Riccardo Finotello (CEA-LIST, France)

  • Daniel Hackett (MIT & IAIFI, USA)

  • Vincent Lahoche (CEA-LIST, France)

  • Anindita Maiti (Northeastern University & IAIFI, USA)

  • Dine Ousmane Samary (CEA-LIST, France; Abomey-Calavi University, Benin)

Local organising committee

  • Franco Pezzella (University of Naples & INFN, Italy)


To get a feeling of the venue and spirit of the workshops, please watch the following promotional video featuring images of the workshop venue and of the town of Pollica from the 2019 Pollica Summer Workshop on “Mathematical and Geometric Tools for Conformal Field Theories".

Sponsored by

Comune di Pollica

CIG: Y323699BB1;     CUP: B29D20000060009

Pollica Physics Center
Castello dei Principi Capano, Pollica, Salerno, Italy