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Symposium F.MT07-Data Science and Automation to Accelerate Materials Development and Discovery

In many areas of materials research, reliable knowledge can only be gained by performing experiments. In these areas, the pace at which knowledge gained is highly dependent upon both the rate at which experiments can be completed and the choice of which experimental conditions to probe. Recently, automation and machine learning have become major players in both of these areas by accelerating the pace of experiments and choosing experiments in a manner that ensures the generation of new knowledge. While these approaches have already provided breakthroughs in fields ranging from nanomaterial growth, electronic property selection, and mechanical structure design, they have also unified a community of researchers through the uncovering of new challenges unique to these novel human-machine partnerships. While this community includes both active learning systems, those in which experiments are chosen and interpreted by machine learning, and autonomous research systems, those in which experiments are also performed without human intervention, all systems have to address challenges regarding structuring the machine learning process, providing prior knowledge, incorporating uncertainty, and fruitfully leveraging the human-machine partnership. The symposium will highlight achievements and challenges from these fields of active and autonomous research ranging from the presentation of new materials discoveries made using such platforms to fundamental innovations in the development of machine-learning guided experiments.

Topics will include:

  • Materials discoveries made using autonomous research systems
  • Closing the loop with Machine Learning as a Cognitive Assistant
  • Materials discoveries made using machine learning guided experiments (active learning)
  • Comparisons of conventional high-throughput experimentation and active learning
  • Benchmarking methods for quantifying efficacy of active learning methods
  • Generality vs. specificity in terms of experimental platform development, including hardware, software, and ontologies
  • Virtues and limitations of Bayesian optimization
  • When is property vs knowledge maximization a false dichotomy and when is it a necessity
  • Uncertainty quantification and propagation for machine learning modeling of physical process
  • Accommodating modeling systematic uncertainty
  • Automated physical modeling and scientific learning
  • Automatable infrastructure including hardware/software and distributed systems
  • Human-Machine partnering in Materials Research including visualization tools for active learning
  • Role of decision-making policy
  • Limitations of Gaussian Processes
  • Transfer learning and contributions from simulation
  • Data Curation, Storage, Structure and Dissemination Principles (including multimodal forms)

Invited Speakers:

  • Milad Abolhasani (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Christoph Brabec (Friedrich Alexander University, Germany)
  • Emory Chan (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Brian DeCost (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Claudia Draxl (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Jason Hattrick-Simpers (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Jason Hein (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Sergei Kalinin (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Chiwoo Park (Florida State University, USA)
  • Kris Reyes (Univeristy at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Joshua Schrier (Haverford University, USA)
  • Ichiro Takeuchi (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Zachary Trautt (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Koji Tsuda (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Bruce van Dover (Cornell University, USA)
  • Xiaonan Wang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Symposium Organizers

Kedar Hippalgaonkar
Agency for Science Technology and Research

Keith Brown
Boston University

Kristen Brosnan
Superior Technical Ceramics, USA

Tonio Buonassisi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering

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