Machine Learning and Science Forum

The BIDS Machine Learning and Science Forum (formerly the Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum) was launched in Spring 2018 and currently meets biweekly (during the spring and fall semesters) to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains in the physical sciences and beyond. These active sessions bring together domain scientists, statisticians, and computer scientists who are either developing state-of-the-art methods or are interested in applying these methods in their research. This Forum is organized by BIDS Faculty Affiliates Uroš Seljak (professor of Physics at UC Berkeley) and BIDS Research Affiliate Ben Nachman (Physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Vanessa Böhm and Ben Erichson. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.  To receive email notifications about upcoming meetings, or to request more information, please contact

Upcoming Sessions

Spring 2021

Machine Learning and Science Forum 
Date: Biweekly on Mondays, January 25 through June 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Participate remotely using this Zoom link 

  • January 25: AI at the exascale, Debbie Bard, NERSC
  • February 8: TBD
  • February 22: TBD
  • March 8: TBD
  • March 22: TBD
  • April 5: TBD
  • April 19: TBD
  • May 3: TBD
  • May 17: TBD
  • May 31: No meeting, Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 14: TBD
  • June 28: TBD

Previous Sessions




BIDS Affiliates


Uroš Seljak

Physics, Astronomy, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Faculty Affiliate

Benjamin Nachman

Physics Division, LBNL
Research Affiliate