• Question: What are some of the steps you plan to make forward to help your research to become more successful?

    Asked by HClO3. to Stewart, Miriam, Marton, Laura, Kathryn, David on 8 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: David Ho

      David Ho answered on 8 Nov 2018:

      I’m just going to keep on working away. Scientific research is one of the things that the more time and effort you put into it, the more you get out of it. Of course it’s not always straightforward — I can spend a week on a problem and not get anywhere, and then solve it in half an hour in a flash of inspiration. But if we keep on slowly chipping away, we tend to make progress.

    • Photo: Stewart Martin-Haugh

      Stewart Martin-Haugh answered on 8 Nov 2018:

      When particles are smashed together in a collider, they break up and maybe form other particles. My job is to write computer code that will look at each collision and decide in a fraction of a second whether the collision is interesting, or looks like collisions we’ve seen many times before.

      To make the programs smarter, I’m trying out machine learning – this is a set of ways to make programs that can learn from input data. It’s used for stuff like facial recognition but is potentially interesting for particle physics too.

    • Photo: Marton Olbei

      Marton Olbei answered on 9 Nov 2018:

      My subject reaches across multiple disciplines (microbiology, computer/network science) so I’m trying to collaborate with many people who are experts in these fields

    • Photo: Miriam Hogg

      Miriam Hogg answered on 9 Nov 2018:

      My work is mostly modeling on a computer, but there are lots of different ways to model! I want to learn some of the other methods and see what are the good and bad things about each one and which are better for different situations.
      I also hope to work with other people in different subjects to find out where modeling could be helpful for other areas of science.
      For example you can model airflow around engine parts, or simulate a volcano explosion to see which places would be the most dangerous, or improve climate models that we already have!, you can also model blood flowing around the body.
      I use modeling for space things but it can be used in all sorts of other areas!