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Autonomous Discovery Workshop Attracts Worldwide Interest

April 28, 2021

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A virtual workshop on autonomous discovery in science and engineering sponsored by Berkeley Lab’s Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) attracted hundreds of scientists from around the world, reflecting the growing interest in this emerging field.

The three-day meeting was held April 20-22 and chaired by Marcus Noack, a mathematician and research scientist in CAMERA. The goal of the workshop was to build and connect the autonomous discovery community and to show how this unique data collection approach is being applied across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics, math, chemistry, biology, materials science, environmental studies, computer science, and electrical engineering.

“If someone were to ask me what field is not affected by autonomous discovery, I would have difficulty coming up with one,” Noack said. “Wherever you want to autonomously explore and approximate some model, it is useful.”

Slides and video recordings from the meeting are available on the workshop website.