Starts 8 Apr 2019
Ends 12 Apr 2019
Central European Time
Kastler Lecture Hall (AGH) and Lundqvist Lecture Hall (AGH)
Via Grignano, 9 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
This workshop is the second edition of a series of yearly meetings of the Dark Machines community (, a research collective of physicists and data scientists. The aim of the workshop is to answer cutting edge questions about dark matter with the most advanced techniques that data science provides us with. The researchers coming to this workshop will bring together expertise in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, statistics and information science (machine learning) and plenty of time will be devoted to discussions and brainstorming.

Workshop Format
The workshop will have plenary sessions covering the main topics in the field of machine learning and dark matter. In addition, there will be a limited number of parallel talks. We encourage scientists interested to present their work on applications of machine learning to dark matter problems to submit their abstracts. 

Afternoons will be devoted to hands-on sessions, during which the participants will work on the ongoing darkmachines challenges (listed here or propose and start new ones.

The last day of the meeting will be dedicated to the discussion related to the DarkMachines organisational issues (progress of the white paper, summary of computational challenges etc).

Invited Speakers include:

Jelle Aalbers (Stockholm University)
Atılım Güneş Baydin (University of Oxford)
Johann Cohen-Tanugi (University of Montpellier)
Caterina Doglioni (Lund University)
Torsten Ensslin (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
Guðlaugur Jóhannesson (University of Iceland)
Jaehoon Lee (Google Brain)
Nikita Moriakov (Radboud University Medical Center)
Daniel Nieto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Rajat Thomas (University of Amsterdam)
Danilo J. Rezende (DeepMind, London)
Pasquale Serpico (LAPTH, Annecy)
David Shih (Rutgers University)
Roberto Trotta (Imperial College, London)
Simona Vegetti (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics )

Coordinators of Dark Machines Challenges include:

Amir Farbin (UT Arlington)
Luc Hendriks (Radboud University)
Fabio Iocco (ICTP-SAIFR)
Erzsébet Merényi (Rice University)
Michela Negro (INFN Torino)
Sydney Otten (Radboud University)
Maurizio Pierini (CERN)
Christoph Weniger (GRAPPA,  Amsterdam)
Martin White (University of Adelaide)

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Gianfranco Bertone (GRAPPA, Amsterdam)
Francesca Calore (LAPTH, Annecy)
Sascha Caron (NIKEF, Nijmegen)
Tommaso Dorigo (University of Padova)  
Gilles Louppe (University of Liège)
Roberto Ruiz de Austri (IFIC, Paterna)

NOTE: The deadline for requesting participation was 10 March 2019. For any queries please e-mail

There is no registration fee for this activity.


Andrea De Simone (SISSA), Piero Ullio (SISSA), Gabrijela Zaharijas (CAC/UNG), Local Organiser: Paolo Creminelli