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Online Course

Machine Learning for Glass Science and Engineering

August 10-12, 2020    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mathieu Bauchy, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

This 3 day course will offer an introduction to machine learning and its application to glass science and engineering.

Course description

Machine learning techniques are now ubiquitous in high-tech applications (e.g., search engine, face detection, spam identification, etc.) and allow computers to “learn” from existing data. More recently, machine learning methods have offered new paradigms to understand, engineer, and design glasses and materials in general. Machine learning offers a promising path to decode composition-property relationships in glasses, predict optimal glass compositions with tailored properties, pinpoint relevant structural patterns in atomistic simulations, and, more generally, guide and accelerate the design of new glasses.

This course will provide an introduction to machine learning and its application to glass science and engineering. Topics covered will include:

  • General introduction to supervised and unsupervised machine learning,
  • Review of existing methods and training of data-driven models,
  • Development of composition-property predictive models in glasses by regression,
  • Discovery of new glasses with improved properties by Bayesian optimization, and,
  • Identification of relevant structural patterns in glass structures.

Who should attend

This introductory course is targeted to students, scientists, or engineers who are interested in incorporating machine learning in their research or professional activities. No prior knowledge in machine learning or computer science is expected, although certain aspects of this course will also be relevant to individuals who are already familiar with machine learning. By the end of this class, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of machine learning,
  • Be familiar with the different applications of machine learning in the field of glass science and engineering
  • Be able to choose the right machine learning method to solve a given problem, and,
  • Have the necessary introductory theoretical background to understand previous studies focusing on machine learning and material informatics.

Course Instructor

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Mathieu Bauchy is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and established the Physics of AmoRphous and Inorganic Solids Laboratory (PARISlab). He received his undergraduate education in physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France) before pursuing a Ph.D. in condensed matter at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). He then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a postdoctoral associate. Prof. Bauchy’s research focuses on deciphering the physics and chemistry governing disordered materials by means of simulation and machine learning. He received the Norbert J. Kreidl Award by the American Ceramics Society, the Materials Young Investigator from MDPI, and the Rising Star in Computational Materials Science Award from Elsevier. He has delivered more than 80 scientific presentations and published more than 120 papers. He recently authored an open access review paper on machine learning for glass science and engineering (see Ceramic Tech Today).


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RegistrationOn or before July 10, 2020After July 10, 2020
Non member$495$595
Student (member or non member)$150$200

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Cancellation Policy

ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to 4 weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 (U.S. only) or 1-614-890-4700 to confirm that the course is happening.