Jesse Diaz Thaler

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Jesse Thaler
MIT Center for Theoretical Physics
77 Massachusetts Ave, 6-318
Cambridge, MA 02139

Research in Theoretical Particle Physics

  • Collider physics, machine learning, and quantum chromodynamics (especially jets and jet substructure)
  • Theoretical frameworks beyond the standard model (especially dark matter and supersymmetry)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • January 2010 - Present
  • Professor of Physics (July 2021 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Physics with Tenure (May 2017 - July 2021)
  • Associate Professor of Physics (July 2015 - May 2017)
  • Class of 1943 Career Development Professor (July 2012 - July 2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Physics (January 2010 - July 2015)



Harvard University

  • September 2018 - August 2019
  • Visiting Scholar, Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics

Boston University

  • June 2017 - August 2017
  • Visiting Researcher

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • July 2009 - December 2009
  • Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow, Theoretical Physics Group

University of California, Berkeley

  • July 2006 - June 2009
  • Miller Research Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science


Harvard University

Brown University

  • Fall 1998 - Spring 2002
  • Sc.B. Math/Physics (May 2002)
  • Advisor: Antal Jevicki

Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Fall 1994 - Spring 1998

Awards & Fellowships


Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Lena Funcke, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2021-Spring 2024
    • Before MIT: Munich (PhD), Perimeter Institute (Postdoc)
  • Katelin Schutz, Pappalardo Fellow, Fall 2019-Spring 2021
    • Before MIT: U.C. Berkeley (PhD)
    • After MIT: Assistant Professor, McGill
  • Pouya Asadi, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2019-Spring 2022
    • Before MIT: Rutgers (PhD)
  • Bernhard Mistlberger, Pappalardo Fellow, Fall 2018-Spring 2020
    • Before MIT: ETH Zurich (PhD), CERN (Postdoc)
    • After MIT: Associate Staff Scientist, SLAC
  • Frédéric Dreyer, Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow, Fall 2016-Spring 2018
    • Before MIT: Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (PhD)
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford
  • Yotam Soreq, Rothschild Fellow, Fall 2015-Spring 2018
    • Before MIT: Weizmann Institute of Science (PhD)
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, CERN
    • Currently: Assistant Professor, Technion
  • Benjamin Safdi, Pappalardo Fellow, Fall 2014-Spring 2017
    • Before MIT: Princeton (PhD)
    • After MIT: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • Wei Xue, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2014-Spring 2017
    • Before MIT: McGill (PhD), INFN/SISSA (Postdoc)
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Fellow, CERN
    • Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • Simone Marzani, LHC Theory Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow (with Iain Stewart), Fall 2014-Spring 2015
    • Before MIT: Edinburgh (PhD), Manchester (Postdoc), Durham (Postdoc)
    • After MIT: Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo
    • Currently: Tenure-track Researcher, University of Genova
  • Gilly Elor, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2013-Spring 2016
    • Before MIT: U.C. Berkeley (PhD)
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oregon
    • Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Duff Neill, Pappalardo Fellow, Fall 2012-Spring 2015; CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Spring 2015-Spring 2016
    • Before MIT: Carnegie Mellon (PhD)
    • After MIT: Director's Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Currently: Feynman Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Andrew Larkoski, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2012-Spring 2015
    • Before MIT: Stanford (PhD)
    • After MIT: LHC Theoretical Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard
    • Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor, Reed College
    • Wu-Ki Tung Award for Early Career Research on QCD, CTEQ Collaboration, 2017
  • Matthew McCullough, Simons Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2011-Spring 2014
    • Before MIT: Oxford (PhD)
    • After MIT: COFUND Fellowship, CERN
    • Currently: Staff Scientist, CERN
  • Keith Rehermann, CTP Postdoctoral Researcher, Fall 2010-Spring 2012
    • Before MIT: Johns Hopkins (PhD)
    • Currently: Consultant, Ab Initio Software Corporation

Ph.D. Students

  • Rikab Gambhir, anticipated Ph.D. 2025
  • Samuel Alipour-Fard, anticipated Ph.D. 2024
  • Patrick Komiske, Ph.D. 2021
    • Thesis: “Machine Learning for High-Energy Collider Physics”
    • After MIT: Researcher, PDT Partners
  • Eric Metodiev, Ph.D. 2020
    • Thesis: “Energy Flow in Particle Collisions”
    • After MIT: Research Scientist, Renaissance Technologies
  • Benjamin Elder, Ph.D. 2018
    • Thesis: “Jet Fragmentation at the LHC”
    • After MIT: Cognitive Software Developer, IBM
  • Lina Necib, Ph.D. 2017
    • Thesis: “Boosting (In)direct Detection of Dark Matter”
    • Vazquez Award for Outstanding Research, MIT Physics Department, 2016
    • After MIT: Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar, Caltech
  • Yonatan Kahn, Ph.D. 2015
    • Thesis: “Forces and Gauge Groups Beyond the Standard Model”
    • Andrew M. Lockett III Memorial Fund Award, MIT Physics Department, 2014
    • J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award, American Physical Society, 2016
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton
    • Currently: Assistant Professor, U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Daniele Bertolini, Ph.D. 2014
    • Thesis: “Electroweak Symmetry Breaking in the Era of the Higgs Boson Discovery”
    • LHC-TI Graduate Fellowship, LHC Theory Initiative, 2013
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, U.C. Berkeley
    • Currently: Data Scientist, Quid
  • Zoe Thomas, Ph.D. 2014
    • Thesis: “Supersymmetry at the Dawn of the LHC Era”
    • After MIT: Postdoctoral Researcher, U. Minnesota
    • Currently: Applied Research Mathematician, Department of Defense
  • Francesco D'Eramo, Ph.D. 2012
    • Thesis: “Hot and Dark Matter” (jointly advised with K. Rajagopal and H. Liu)
    • Vazquez Award for Outstanding Research, MIT Physics Department, 2011
    • After MIT: Miller Research Fellow, U.C. Berkeley
    • Currently: Associate Professor, U. Padova

M.Eng. Students

  • Raymond Wynne, anticipated M.Eng. 2022
  • Nilai Sarda, M.Eng. 2020
    • Thesis: “Group Anomaly Detection in Collider Data” (with Justin Solomon)
    • Johnson Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making Thesis Award, MIT EECS Department, 2020
  • Preksha Naik, M.Eng. 2019
    • Thesis: “Exploring the Space of Jets with CMS Open Data”
    • After MIT: Physics Ph.D. Candidate, Caltech

B.S. Students

  • Octavio Vega, B.S. 2022
    • UROP Research: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021
  • Nishat Protyasha, anticipated B.S. 2022
    • UROP Research: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
    • FUTURE of Physics Participant, Caltech, 2020
  • Serhii Kryhin, B.S. 2022
    • Senior Thesis, Fall 2021 - Spring 2022: “Application of Unsupervised Machine Learning for Event Classification”
    • Morse/Orloff Research Award, MIT Physics Department, 2017
    • Independent Research: Fall 2019, Fall 2020
    • UROP Research: Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
  • Christopher Miller, anticipated B.S. 2021
    • UROP Research: Fall 2020
  • Debaditya Pramanik, B.S. 2021
    • Senior Thesis, Spring 2021: “Collinear Supergravity at Linear Order”
    • Senior Thesis Research: Fall 2020
    • UROP Research: Spring 2020, Summer 2020
  • Ziqi Zhou, B.S. 2020
    • Independent Research: Summer 2018
    • UROP Research: Fall 2018
  • Talya Klinger, B.S. 2020
    • UROP Research: Spring 2017
  • Radha Mastandrea, B.S. 2019
    • UROP Research: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018
    • Joel Matthew Orloff Award for Outstanding Service, MIT Physics Department, 2019
    • Physics Research Fellowship, Heising-Simons Foundation, 2018
    • FUTURE of Physics Participant, Caltech, 2018
    • After MIT: Marshall Scholarship, U. Cambridge
  • Eleanor Hall, B.S. 2018
    • Senior Thesis, Spring 2018: “Photon Isolation and Jet Substructure
    • UROP Research: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017
    • Joel Matthew Orloff Award for Outstanding Service, MIT Physics Department, 2017
    • After MIT, Physics Ph.D. Candidate, U.C. Berkeley
  • Matthew Burns, B.S. 2018
    • UROP Research: Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • Kevin Zhou, B.S. 2017
    • UROP Research: IAP 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
    • Joel Matthew Orloff Award for Outstanding Research, MIT Physics Department, 2017
    • After MIT: Marshall Scholarship, U. Cambridge
    • Currently, Physics Ph.D Candidate, Stanford
  • Aashish Tripathee, B.S. 2017
    • Senior Thesis, Spring 2017: “Jet Substructure at the Large Hadron Collider
    • Independent Research: IAP 2015
    • UROP Research: Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, IAP 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016
    • Philip Morse Memorial Award, MIT Physics Department, 2017
    • After MIT: Physics Ph.D. Candidate, U. Michigan
  • Trung Phan, B.S. 2015
  • T.J. Wilkason, B.S. 2015
  • Mobolaji Williams, B.S. 2013
  • Dustin Katzin, B.S. 2012
  • Tucker Chan, B.S. 2012 (deceased)
    • UROP Research: Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
    • After MIT: Physics Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford
  • Lin Fei, B.S. 2011
  • Ken Van Tilburg, B.S. 2011
    • Apker Award Finalist, American Physical Society, 2011
    • Joel Matthew Orloff Award for Outstanding Research in Physics, MIT Physics Department, 2011
    • UROP Research: Summer 2010, Fall 2010
    • After MIT: Physics Ph.D., Stanford
    • Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Advanced Study and New York University

Visiting Students/Postdocs

  • Pedro Rivera-Cardona
    • MIT Summer Research Program, Summer 2021
    • Project: “Implementation of U(1) Group Symmetry on Energy Flow Networks”
    • Home Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
    • After MIT: PhD Candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Athis Osathapan
    • Independent Research, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
    • Home Institution: Bowdoin College
  • Shira Jackson
    • MIT Summer Research Program, Summer 2020
    • Project: “Estimating the Energy Mover’s Distance with Exclusive Jet Clustering”
    • Home Institution: University of Cincinnati
  • Andrew Turner
    • Tushar Shah and Sara Zion Physics Fellowship, MIT Physics Department, 2018-2019
    • Ph.D. Advisor: Washington Taylor, MIT
  • Maximilian Henderson
    • International Research Opportunities Programme, Summer 2018
    • Home Institution: Imperial College London
  • Edward Hirst
    • International Research Opportunities Programme, Summer 2018
    • Home Institution: Imperial College London
  • Rahim Leung
    • International Research Opportunities Programme, Summer 2017
    • Home Institution: Imperial College London
  • Markus Schulze
    • Visiting Postdoc, Fall 2015
    • Home Institution: CERN
  • Alexis Romero
    • MIT Summer Research Program, Summer 2015
    • Project: “Jet Physics Measurements on CMS Open Data”
    • Home Institution: San Diego State University
  • Nayara Fonseca
    • FAPESP Fellowship, Spring 2014-Fall 2014
    • Ph.D. Advisor: Gustavo Burdman, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil



  • 8.03 — Physics III, Waves & Vibrations
  • 8.044 — Statistical Physics I
  • 8.051 — Quantum Mechanics II (MITx-based)
  • 8.012 — Physics I, Classical Mechanics

Guest Lectures

Before MIT

  • Teaching Fellow, Widely Applied Physics (Nima Arkani-Hamed), Harvard University, Fall 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Linear Algebra (Thomas Banchoff), Brown University, Spring 2001
  • Math/Physics Tutor, Brown University, 1999 - 2000
  • Classroom Assistant, Algebra I and II, Textron/Chamber of Commerce Charter High School, Providence, RI, Fall 1999

Publications & Preprints


  • Degeneracy Engineering for Classical and Quantum Annealing: A Case Study of Sparse Linear Regression in Collider Physics.
    Eric R. Anschuetz, Lena Funcke, Patrick T. Komiske, Serhii Kryhin, and Jesse Thaler.
    Phys. Rev. D106:056008 (2022), arXiv:2205.10375.
  • Analyzing N-point Energy Correlators Inside Jets with CMS Open Data.
    Patrick T. Komiske, Ian Moult, Jesse Thaler, and Hua Xing Zhu.






  • The Importance of Calorimetry for Highly-Boosted Jet Substructure.
    Evan Coleman, Marat Freytsis, Andreas Hinzmann, Meenakshi Narain, Jesse Thaler, Nhan Tran, and Caterina Vernieri.
    JINST 13:T01003 (2018), arXiv:1709.08705.
  • Casimir Meets Poisson: Improved Quark/Gluon Discrimination with Counting Observables.
    Christopher Frye, Andrew J. Larkoski, Jesse Thaler, and Kevin Zhou.
    JHEP 1709:085 (2017), arXiv:1704.06266.
  • Generalized Fragmentation Functions for Fractal Jet Observables.
    Benjamin T. Elder, Massimiliano Procura, Jesse Thaler, Wouter J. Waalewijn, and Kevin Zhou.
    JHEP 1706:085 (2017), arXiv:1704.05456.
  • Systematics of Quark/Gluon Tagging.
    Philippe Gras, Stefan Höche, Deepak Kar, Andrew Larkoski, Leif Lönnblad, Simon Plätzer, Andrzej Siódmok, Peter Skands, Gregory Soyez, and Jesse Thaler.
    JHEP 1707:091 (2017), arXiv:1704.03878.



  • XCone: N-jettiness as an Exclusive Cone Jet Algorithm.
    Iain W. Stewart, Frank J. Tackmann, Jesse Thaler, Christopher K. Vermilion, and Thomas F. Wilkason.
    JHEP 1511:072 (2015), arXiv:1508.01516.



  • TASI 2012: Super-Tricks for Superspace.
    Daniele Bertolini, Jesse Thaler, and Zoe Thomas.







  • MARMOSET: The Path from LHC Data to the New Standard Model via On-Shell Effective Theories.
    Nima Arkani-Hamed, Bruce Knuteson, Stephen Mrenna, Philip Schuster, Jesse Thaler, Natalia Toro, and Lian-Tao Wang.




  • Universal Dynamics of Spontaneous Lorentz Violation and a New Spin-Dependent Inverse-Square Law Force.
    Nima Arkani-Hamed, Hsin-Chia Cheng, Markus A. Luty, and Jesse Thaler.
    JHEP 0507:029 (2005), hep-ph/0407034.


Conference Proceedings (All Years)

  • Snowmass Theory Frontier Report.
    Nathaniel Craig, Csaba Csáki, Aida X. El-Khadra, et al.
  • TF07 Snowmass Report: Theory of Collider Phenomena.
    Fabio Maltoni, Shufang Su, and Jesse Thaler.
  • Presenting Unbinned Differential Cross Section Results.
    Miguel Arratia, Anja Butter, Mario Campanelli, Vincent Croft, Dag Gillberg, Kristin Lohwasser, Bogdan Malaescu, Vinicius Mikuni, Benjamin Nachman, Juan Rojo, Jesse Thaler, and Ramon Winterhalder.
    JINST 17:P01024 (2022), arXiv:2109.13243.
  • Unveiling Hidden Physics at the LHC.
    Oliver Fischer, Bruce Mellado, et al.
  • Scaffolding Simulations with Deep Learning for High-dimensional Deconvolution.
    Anders Andreassen, Patrick T. Komiske, Eric M. Metodiev, Benjamin Nachman, Adi Suresh, and Jesse Thaler.
    ICLR SimDL Workshop 2021, arXiv:2105.04448.
  • Les Houches 2017: Physics at TeV Colliders Standard Model Working Group Report.
    Joshua Bendavid, Fabrizio Caola, Vitaliano Ciulli, Robert Harlander, Gudrun Heinrich, Joey Huston, Stefan Kallweit, Stefan Prestel, Emanuele Re, Kerstin Tackmann, Jesse Thaler, Konstantinos Theofilatos, et al.
  • Les Houches 2015: Physics at TeV Colliders Standard Model Working Group Report.
    Simon Badger, Joshua Bendavid, Vitaliano Ciulli, Ansgar Denner, Rikkert Frederix, Massimiliano Grazzini, Joey Huston, Marek Schoenherr, Kerstin Tackmann, Jesse Thaler, Ciaran Williams, et al.
  • Towards an Understanding of the Correlations in Jet Substructure.
    Ben Cooper, Stephen D. Ellis, Marat Freytsis, Andrew Hornig, Andrew Larkoski, David Lopez Mateos, Brian Shuve, Nhan V. Tran, et al.
    Eur.Phys.J. C75:409 (2015), arXiv:1504.00679.

Incidental Authorship (All Years)

  • Jet energy spectrum and substructure in e+e− collisions at 91.2 GeV with ALEPH Archived Data.
    Yi Chen, Anthony Badea, Austin Baty, Paoti Chang, Yang-Ting Chien, Gian Michele Innocenti, Marcello Maggi, Christopher McGinn, Dennis V. Perepelitsa, Michael Peters, Tzu-An Sheng, Jesse Thaler, Yen-Jie Lee.
  • Measurements of two-particle correlations in e+e− collisions at 91 GeV with ALEPH archived data.
    Anthony Badea, Austin Baty, Paoti Chang, Gian Michele Innocenti, Marcello Maggi, Christopher McGinn, Michael Peters, Tzu-An Sheng, Jesse Thaler, Yen-Jie Lee.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 123:212002 (2019), arXiv:1906.00489.
  • Design and Implementation of the ABRACADABRA-10 cm Axion Dark Matter Search.
    Jonathan L. Ouellet, Chiara P. Salemi, Joshua W. Foster, Reyco Henning, Zachary Bogorad, Janet M. Conrad, Joseph A. Formaggio, Yonatan Kahn, Joe Minervini, Alexey Radovinsky, Nicholas L. Rodd, Benjamin R. Safdi, Jesse Thaler, Daniel Winklehner, Lindley Winslow.
    Phys. Rev. D99:052012 (2019), arXiv:1901.10652.
  • First Results from ABRACADABRA-10 cm: A Search for Sub-μeV Axion Dark Matter.
    Jonathan L. Ouellet, Chiara P. Salemi, Joshua W. Foster, Reyco Henning, Zachary Bogorad, Janet M. Conrad, Joseph A. Formaggio, Yonatan Kahn, Joe Minervini, Alexey Radovinsky, Nicholas L. Rodd, Benjamin R. Safdi, Jesse Thaler, Daniel Winklehner, Lindley Winslow.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 122:121802 (2019), arXiv:1810.12257.
  • qSR: a quantitative super-resolution analysis tool reveals the cell-cycle dependent organization of RNA Polymerase I in live human cells.
    J. Owen Andrews, William Conway, Won-Ki Cho, Arjun Narayanan, Jan-Hendrik Spille, Namrata Jayanth, Takuma Inoue, Susan Mullen, Jesse Thaler, Ibrahim I.~Cissé.
    Scientific Reports 8, 7424 (2018).
  • qSR: A software for quantitative analysis of single molecule and super-resolution data.
    J. Owen Andrews, Arjun Narayanan, Jan-Hendrik Spille, Won-Ki Cho, Jesse Thaler, Ibrahim I. Cissé.
  • The DarkLight Experiment: A Precision Search for New Physics at Low Energies.
    J. Balewski, J. Bernauer, J. Bessuille, R. Corliss, R. Cowan, C. Epstein, P. Fisher, D. Hasell, E. Ihloff, Y. Kahn, J. Kelsey, R. Milner, S. Steadman, J. Thaler, C. Tschalaer, C. Vidal, S. Benson, J. Boyce, D. Douglas, P. Evtushenko, C. Hernandez-Garcia, C. Keith, C. Tennant, S. Zhang, R. Alarcon, D. Blyth, R. Dipert, L. Ice, G. Randall, B. Dongwi, N. Kalantarians, M. Kohl, A. Liyanage, J. Nazeer, M. Garcon, R. Cervantes, K. Dehmelt, A. Deshpande, N. Feege, B. Surrow.



Public Lectures

Lecture Series & Schools

Invited Talks

Local Presentations

  • Deep Learning: Lessons from the Launch of IAIFI”, MIT Physics Faculty Lunch, May 2022
  • “SPS/PGSC Career Panel”, MIT Physics, November 2021
  • IAIFI at MIT Physics”, Warrior-Scholar Program Open House, July 2021
  • “Making the Cut - Job Searching During a COVID-19 Economy: A Panel Discussion”, MIT Postdoctoral Association, June 2020
  • Collision Course: Particle Physics meets Machine Learning”, MIT Physics Faculty Lunch, September 2019
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Academic Job Search”, MIT Graduate Student Council, July 2018
  • “(B)SM Physics”, Physics Graduate Student Lunch, November 2016
  • “Jet Substructure”, Tenure-Track Faculty Lunch, November 2015
  • “Implications of the Higgs Boson”, MIT PhysPOP Orientation Lecture, August 2013
  • “The Higgs Boson: Keystone of the Standard Model”, MIT MISTI Presentation, April 2013
  • “Dark Matter Beyond the Standard Model”, MIT Astronomical Event, October 2012
  • “Hints of New Physics at the Energy Frontier”, MIT Physics Alumni Breakfast, May 2012
  • “Beyond the Standard Model at the Frontiers”, MIT PhysPOP Orientation Lecture, August 2011
  • “Goldstini at the LHC”, MIT Physics Visiting Committee Presentation, October 2010
  • “Supersymmetry Breaks (Again)”, MIT Physics Faculty Lunch, April 2010
  • “The LHC Won’t Destroy the Planet (But Will Spark a Revolution)”, MIT Physics IAP Lecture 2010

Invited Seminars

Additional Conferences/Workshops

  • Panelist, ML4Jets 2020, Rutgers, November 2022 (Advisory Board)
  • No Talk, 2022 Mathematics and Physical Sciences Annual Meeting, Simons Foundation, October 2022
  • Panelist, “Does the World need a new particle collider – and why?”, European Committee for Future Accelerators, Virtual to Hamburg, October 2022
  • No Talk, Summiting the Unknown: New Physics, New Opportunities, New Voices, U. Washington, Seattle, July 2022
  • No Talk, Interplay of Fundamental Physics and Machine Learning, Aspen Center for Physics, June 2022 (Organizer)
  • Panelist, “USDA/NSF AI Institutes”, AAAI-22, Online, February 2022
  • Panelist, “AI and Science”, CACM Digital Event, Online, February 2022
  • Panelist, “The current limits of AI in science”, OECD workshop: AI and the productivity of science, Online, November 2021
  • Welcome”, CMS Open Data Workshop for Theorists, Online, September 2020
  • No Talk, BOOST 2020 Webinars, Online, July 2020
  • No Talk, Anomaly Detection Mini-Workshop, Online, July 2020
  • No Talk, ML4Jets 2020, NYU, January 2019 (Organizer)
  • No Talk, Boost 2019, MIT, July 2019 (Organizer)
  • No Talk, Boosted Objects for New Physics Searches, Fermilab, November 2018
  • No Talk, 2018 Mathematics and Physical Sciences Annual Meeting, Simons Foundation, October 2018
  • No Talk, IsoDAR Workshop, MIT, January 2018
  • No Talk, Jet Physics Mini-Workshop, MIT, January 2018
  • No Talk, Boost 2017, Buffalo, July 2017
  • "Jet Studies for Les Houches", "Report of the Les Houches Jet Physics Subgroup", Physics at TeV Colliders Workshop, Les Houches, June 2017 (Jet Convener)
  • "Confronting the Invisible Universe", Public Talk, Aspen Center for Physics, March 2017
  • “Aspects of Jets from First Principles”, Jets @ LHC Discussion Meeting, ICTS, Bengaluru, January 2017 (Remote Talk)
  • “Jet Substructure from Protons to Ions”, Heavy Ions for 2020 Workshop, MIT, October 2016
  • No Talk, Aspen Center for Physics Workshop: “The LHC Awakens: A New Energy Frontier”, August 2016 (Organizer)
  • “Discussion of the ATLAS Diboson Excess”, Gearing up for LHC13, GGI, Florence, Fall 2015 (Organizer)
  • “Jet Studies for Les Houches”, Physics at TeV Colliders Workshop, Les Houches, June 2015 (Jet Convener)
  • “Lessons from Jet Substructure for Heavy Ions”, ALICE Jet Workshop, Yale, May 2015 (Remote Talk)
  • “The Case for Jet Substructure”, International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders (LCWS14), Belgrade, October 2014 (Remote Talk)
  • “Mutual Information and Quark/Gluon Discrimination”, Boost 2014, London, August 2014 (Advisory Committee)
  • No Talk, Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter, Harvard, May 2014
  • No Talk, Boston Jet Physics Workshop, MIT, January 2014 (Organizer)
  • “Unsafe but Calculable”, Boost 2013, Flagstaff, August 2013 (Advisory Committee)
  • “N-jettiness as a Jet Algorithm”, Snowmass@Brookhaven, Brookhaven, April 2013 (Remote Talk)
  • “Progress in Jet Substructure”, The LHC Shows the Way, Aspen Center for Physics, August 2012
  • “Progress in N-subjettiness”, Boost 2012, Valencia, July 2012 (Advisory Committee)
  • No Talk, SEARCH 2012, U. Maryland, March 2012
  • “Goldstini”, SUSY 2011, Fermilab, August 2011
  • “N-subjettiness”, TH-LPCC Summer Institute on LHC Physics, CERN, August 2011
  • No Talk, Year One of the LHC, Aspen Center for Physics, July 2011 (Organizer)
  • “Big Questions in Particle Physics” (Pedagogical Lecture), “N-subjettiness”, PANIC11, MIT, July 2011 (Program Committee)
  • “N-subjettiness”, Boost 2011, PCTP, Princeton, May 2011
  • No Talk, New Data from the Energy Frontier, Aspen Center for Physics, February 2011 (Organizer)
  • No Talk, Boston Jet Physics Workshop, Harvard, January 2011 (Organizer)
  • “Introducing the DarkLight Experiment”, Searching for a New Gauge Boson at JLab, Jefferson Lab, September 2010
  • No Talk, Implications of First LHC Data, MIT, August 2010 (Organizer)
  • No Talk, From Colliders to the Dark Sector, Aspen Center for Physics, June 2010
  • “Search for New Light Bosons in Electron-Proton Collisions Using the JLab FEL”, Dark Forces Workshop, SLAC, September 2009
  • “Cosmic Signals from the Hidden Sector”, BSM Institute, Physics at the LHC, CERN, August 2009
  • No Talk, Beyond the Standard Model Physics at the Threshold, Aspen Center for Physics, July 2009
  • “Variable Jet Sizes and Anti-kT”, US ATLAS Hadronic Final State Forum, SLAC, April 2009
  • “The NLO Cascade”, SCET 2009, MIT, March 2009
  • “Dark Matter through the Axion Portal”, LHC and Dark Matter Workshop, MCTP, Michigan, January 2009
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, New Physics Beyond the Standard Model, KITPC, Beijing, October 2008
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, Beyond the Standard Model Signals in a QCD Environment, Aspen Center for Physics, August 2008
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, LHC from Data to Discovery, LANL, Santa Fe, July 2008
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, Vector Boson Plus Jets Production, LBL, Berkeley, March 2008
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, Physics of the Large Hadron Collider, KITP, Santa Barbara, February 2008
  • No Talk, West Coast LHC Theory Network, SLAC, January 2008
  • “GenEvA: A New Framework for Event Generation”, LHC New Physics Signatures Workshop, MCTP, Michigan, January 2008
  • No Talk, BSM Institute, New Physics and the LHC, CERN, August 2007
  • “Good Things Come to Those Who Weight”, Eötvös-Cornell BTSM Workshop, Eötvös University, Budapest, June 2007
  • “MARMOSET”, West Coast LHC Theory Network, U.C. Irvine, May 2007
  • “MARMOSET”, Physics at LHC from Experiment to Theory, PCTP, Princeton, March 2007
  • “MARMOSET”, West Coast LHC Theory Network, U.C. Davis, December 2006
  • “Little M-theory”, Joint Meeting of APS-DPF and JPS 2006, Waikiki, Hawaii, October 2006
  • “Little M-theory”, LHC Olympics III, KITP, Santa Barbara, August 2006
  • “The Harvard Black Box”, LHC Olympics II, CERN, February 2006
  • “The Degenerate MSSM”, LHC Olympics, CERN, July 2005
  • “Little Technicolor”, “The Degenerate MSSM”, SUSY 2005, IPPP, Durham, July 2005
  • “Universal Dynamics of Spontaneous Lorentz-Violation”, Fundamental Symmetries and Fundamental Constants, ICTP, Trieste, September 2004

Research Grants

  • AI Research Institute, “Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)”, National Science Foundation, 2020-2025 ($20M)
  • MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund Award (with Tracy Slatyer, Tomer Volansky, and Yotam Soreq), “The Quest for Dark Matter Interactions”, MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, 2020-2021 ($25.5k)
  • PIER Hamburg-MIT Seed Project (with Gregor Kasieczka, Phil Harris, Andreas Hinzmann, Roman Kogler, Iain Stewart), “Probing the Standard Model with Jet Substructure”, Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research, 2019-2020 (€17k)
  • Quantum Information Science (QuantISED) Award (with Aram Harrow), “Quantum Algorithms for Collider Physics”, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics, 2018-2020 ($264k)
  • Simons Fellowship, “Theoretical Investigations In and Beyond the Standard Model”, Simons Foundation, 2018-2019 ($143k)
  • Comparative Review Funding Award, “Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers”, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics, 2016-2017 ($120k)
  • The Charles E. Reed Faculty Initiatives Fund, “Boosting Jet Physics with Archival Collider Data”, MIT Research Support Committee, 2015-2017 ($75k)
  • MIT-Belgium Seed Fund Award (with Fabio Maltoni), “Beyond the Standard Model at the LHC”, MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, 2013-2014 ($23.1k)
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2013-2016 ($50k)
  • Global Seed Fund Award (with Iain Stewart, Andre Hoang, and Gavin Salam), “Probing a New Energy Frontier with Jets at the Large Hadron Collider”, MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, 2012-2013 ($15k)
  • Early Career Research Award, “Interpreting New Data from the Energy Frontier”, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, 2011-2016 ($750k)
  • Cooperative Research Agreement, “Laboratory for Nuclear Science, High Energy Physics Program: Task C, Center for Theoretical Physics”, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science


Internal Service

Ph.D. Thesis Committees

  • Eva Huang, “TBA” (Salvatore Vitale), in progress
  • Cristian Zanoci, “Quantum Algorithms and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics in Disordered Many-Body Systems” (Mikhail Lukin & Aram W. Harrow), in progress
  • Gregory Ridgway, “''Exotic Dark Matter in the Early Universe” (Tracy Slatyer), June 2022
  • Patrick Fitzpatrick, “Initial Conditions for Cosmic Inflation, the History of the Dark Sector, and Dark-onium” (Tracy Slatyer & David Kaiser), July 2021
  • Joseph Johnston, “Applications of Low Temperature Bolometers to Reactor Neutrinos and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay” (Lindley Winslow & Joseph Formaggio), May 2021
  • Chih-Liang Wu, “Probes of Dark Matter from the Universe's Past and Present” (Tracy Slatyer), April 2021
  • Constantin Weisser, “Search for Dark Photons at LHCb and Machine Learning in Particle Physics” (Mike Williams), March 2021
  • J. Owen Andrews, “Illuminating Biomolecular Clustering and Condensation in Living Cells Using Super-Resolution Imaging” (Ibrahim Cisse), Nov 2020
  • Gherardo Vita, “QCD Beyond Leading Power” (Iain Stewart), August 2020
  • Jasmine Brewer, “Theory and Phenomenology of Heavy-Ion Collisions” (Krishna Rajagopal), July 2020
  • Hongwan Liu, “Dark Matter Energy Deposition and Production from the Table-Top to the Cosmos” (Tracy Slatyer), May 2019
  • Charles Epstein, “Møller Scattering at Low Energy” (Richard Milner), August 2018
  • Nicholas Rodd, “Listening to the Universe through Indirect Detection” (Tracy Slatyer), April 2018
  • David Hernandez, “Solving the N-body Problem in Astrophysics” (Edmund Bertschinger), April 2018
  • Aram Apyan, “Search for Heavy Charged Higgs Bosons in Proton-Proton Collisions with the CMS Detector” (Markus Klute), November 2016
  • Daniel Roberts, “CHAOS, Holography, And Other Science” (Allan Adams), April 2016
  • Ian Moult, “Effective Field Theories for the LHC” (Iain Stewart), April 2016
  • Daniel Kolodrubetz, “Accuracy and Precision in Collider Event Shapes” (Iain Stewart), April 2016
  • Mingming Yang, “Observation and Property Measurement of a New Boson Decaying Into Two Photons Using the CMS Detector” (Christoph Paus), January 2015
  • Shawn Henderson, “An Assessment of the Sensitivity of a Low Pressure Time Projection Chamber to the Direction of WIMP-Induced Nuclear Recoils” (Peter Fisher), July 2013
  • Teng Ma, “Detailed Characterization of Jets in Heavy Ion Collisions Using Jet Fragmentation Functions” (Boleslaw Wyslouch), May 2013
  • Kevin Sung, “Measurement of Z boson production at the LHC” (Steven Nahn), March 2013
  • Christopher Jones, “Prediction of the Reactor Antineutrino Flux for the Double Chooz Experiment” (Janet Conrad), June 2012
  • Riccardo Abbate, “Precision Determination of the Strong Coupling Constant using SCET” (Iain Stewart), May 2012
  • Abolhassan Vaezi, “Slave Particle Study of the Strongly Correlated Hubbard Model” (Xiao-Gang Wen), January 2011
  • Georgia Karagiorgi, “Searches for New Physics at MiniBooNE” (Janet Conrad), July 2010

MIT Faculty

  • MIT Faculty Committee on Curricula (Fall 2017-Spring 2020)
  • MIT First-Year Advisor (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
    • Class of 2023: Richter Brzeski, Megha Maran, Catalina Monsalve Rodriguez, Dylan Weber

MIT Physics

  • MIT Physics Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Student Professional Development (Spring 2022)
  • MIT Physics Graduate Admissions Committee (Spring 2021)
  • MIT Physics Communic.8 Faculty Liaison (Fall 2020-present)
  • MIT Physics Qualifying Exam, Written Exam Grading Committee (January 2020)
  • MIT Physics Promotion Committee (Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Chair: Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)
  • MIT Physics Pappalardo Fellowships Executive Committee (Fall 2016-Fall 2017)
  • MIT Physics Colloquium Committee (Spring 2010-Spring 2014, Chair: Fall 2012-Spring 2014)
  • MIT Physics Graduate Academic Advisor (Fall 2017-present)
    • Anticipated Ph.D. 2025: Ryan Abbott
    • Anticipated Ph.D. 2024: Bruno Scheihing Hitschfeld, Stella Schindler
    • Anticipated Ph.D. 2022: Eric Anschuetz, Samuel Leutheusser, Gregory Ridgway, Annie Wei, Ryan Weller
    • Ph.D. 2020: Jasmine Brewer
  • MIT Physics Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Fall 2011-present)
    • Class of 2024: Omar Abdelghani, Chirag Falor, Lily Moseni, Dylan Raphael, David Suarez, Chris Viets
    • Class of 2018/2019/2020: Robert Arnott, Zachary Bogorad, Hannah Field, Rodmy Paredes Alfaro, Saranesh Prembabu, Joshua Rhodes, Kevin Tang, Michael Winer
    • Class of 2014/2015: Allison Christian, Jay Lawhorn, Joseph Perricone, Jeffrey Prouty, Melih Ucer, Pranjal Vachaspati, Prashanth Venkataram (& Grace Krusell, David Luciano, Netia McCray, Maxwell Plaut)
  • MIT Physics Qualifying Exam, Part III Committee (Spring 2015-Spring 2017)
  • MIT Physics Qualifying Exam, Part II Committee (Spring 2012-Fall 2014, Chair: Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
  • MIT Physics Qualifying Exam, Part II Grading Committee (September 2010)

MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science

  • MIT LNS Advisory Group (Fall 2017, Spring 2020-present)
  • MIT LNS Colloquium Committee (Fall 2015-Spring 2018, Chair: Fall 2017-Spring 2018)

MIT Center for Theoretical Physics

  • MIT CTP Oral Qualifying Exam Committee (Fall 2022)
  • MIT CTP Faculty Mentor (April 2021-present)
  • MIT CTP Faculty Search Committee (Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2021; Chair: Fall 2019)
  • MIT CTP Deputy Group Leader in High-Energy Physics (Spring 2020-present)
  • MIT CTP Visitor Coordinator (Fall 2016-present)
  • MIT CTP Nuclear/Particle Seminar Committee (Fall 2010-Fall 2016, Fall 2020-Spring 2021, Fall 2022)
  • MIT CTP Postdoc Selection Committee (Fall 2009-present)

MIT Statistics and Data Science Center

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives

  • MISTI Global Seed Funds Evaluation Committee (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

Before MIT

  • Berkeley CTP Particle Seminar Organizer (2007-2009)
  • Miller Symposium Committee (2008-2009)

External Service

External Ph.D. Examiner

  • Pedro Cal, University of Amsterdam, “Jet Substructure at the LHC with Soft-Collinear Effective Theory” (Wouter Waalewijn), September 2021
  • Thea Aarrestad, University of Zurich, “A Novel Multidimensional Search for Diboson Resonances in the Boosted Dijet Final State and Encoding Jet Substructure with a Deep Neural Network” (Ben Kilminster), March 2019
  • Ignacio Garcia Garcia, University of Valencia, “Future Linear Colliders: Detector R&D, Jet Reconstruction, and Top Physics Potential” (Eduardo Ros and Marcel Vos), December 2016
  • Brian Walsh, Yale University, “Search for direct top squark pair production in final states with one isolated lepton, jets, and missing transverse momentum in sqrt(s) = 7 TeV pp collisions using 4.7 fb-1 of ATLAS data” (Tobias Golling), February 2013
  • Travis Martin, Carleton University, “Examining Extra Neutral Gauge Bosons in Non-Universal Models and Exploring the Phenomenology of the Bestest Little Higgs Model and the LHC” (Thomas Gregoire and Stephen Godfrey), August 2012

External Mentoring

  • Ilias Cholis, PI Academy for Research and Engagement, Oakland University, Fall 2018 - Fall 2019

Workshop/Conference Organization

  • General Member, Aspen Center for Physics (Summer 2020-Summer 2025)
    • Liason, Winter Workshop, “Theoretical Physics for Machine Learning” (Winter 2023)
    • Organizer, Summer Workshop, “Interplay of Fundamental Physics and Machine Learning” (Summer 2022)
    • Nominations Committee (Summer 2021; Chair, Summer 2022; Ex officio, Summer 2023)
    • Summer Program Committee (Summer 2020)
  • Topical Convener in Collider Phenomenology, Snowmass Theory Frontier (July 2021)
  • Organizer, GGI Workshop: “Machine Learning at GGI” (August/September 2022)
  • Advisory Committee and Ombuds Team (with Ayana Arce), Online Workshop: “Boost 2021” (August 2021)
  • Advisory Committee, Heidelberg Workshop: “ML4Jets” (July 2021)
  • Organizer, Fermilab Remote Workshop: “CMS Open Data for Theorists” (September 2020)
  • Advisory Committee and Ombuds Team (with Ayana Arce), Hamburg Workshop: “Boost 2020” (July 2020)
  • Advisory Committee, Mainz Workshop: “Machine Learning for Particle Physics” (May 2020 → June 2021)
  • Advisory Committee, New York Workshop: “ML4Jets” (January 2020)
  • Local Organizing Committee, Boston Workshop: “Boost 2019” (July 2019)
  • Advisory Committee, Paris Workshop: “Boost 2018” (July 2018)
  • Local Organizing Committee, MIT Workshop: “Rising Stars in Physics” (April 2018)
  • Advisory Committee, Buffalo Workshop: “Boost 2017” (July 2017)
  • Jet Convener, Les Houches Workshop: “Physics at TeV Colliders” (June 2017)
  • Advisory Committee, Cleveland Workshop: “BLV 2017” (May 2017)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Boston Workshop: “Lattice for BSM Physics 2017” (April 2017)
  • Organizer, Aspen Center for Physics Workshop: “The LHC Awakens: A New Energy Frontier” (August 2016)
  • Advisory Committee, Zurich Workshop: “Boost 2016” (July 2016)
  • Organizer, Galileo Galilei Institute Workshop: “Gearing up for LHC13” (Fall 2015)
  • Advisory Committee, Chicago Workshop: “Boost 2015” (August 2015)
  • Jet Convener, Les Houches Workshop: “Physics at TeV Colliders” (June 2015)
  • Advisory Committee, London Workshop: “Boost 2014” (August 2014)
  • Organizer, Harvard/MIT Workshop: “Boston Jet Physics” (January 2014)
  • Advisory Committee, Flagstaff Workshop: “Boost 2013” (August 2013)
  • Advisory Committee, Valencia Workshop: “Boost 2012” (July 2012)
  • Program Committee, PANIC 2011: “Particle and Nuclei International Conference” (July 2011)
  • Organizer, Aspen Center for Physics Workshop: “Year One of the LHC” (July 2011)
  • Organizer, Aspen Center for Physics Conference: “New Data from the Energy Frontier” (February 2011)
  • Organizer, Harvard/MIT Workshop: “Boston Jet Physics” (January 2011)
  • Organizer, MIT/Berkeley Workshop: “Implications of First LHC Data” (August 2010)
  • Advisory Committee, Oxford University Workshop: “Boost 2010” (June 2010)

Scientific Advising

Peer Review

  • Journal of High Energy Physics
    • Editorial Board, Fall 2019-present
  • SciPost Physics
    • Editorial College, Fall 2019-present
  • Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Physical Review D
  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Physics of the Dark Universe
  • Nuclear Physics B
  • Physics Letters B
  • European Physical Journal C
  • Journal of Physics G
  • Physics Reports
  • Annals of Physics
  • Particle Data Group

Funding Agency Review

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation
  • European Research Council
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement (Cottrell)
  • The Royal Society
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Israel Science Foundation
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • French National Research Agency
  • Hungarian National Research, Development, and Innovation Office


  • Appearance in Documentary Film, “Particle Fever”, 2013
    • After film Q&A, BOOST 2015 Workshop Public Event, August 2015
    • After film Q&A, MIT Lecture Series Committee, September 2014
    • After film Q&A, Portsmouth Music Hall, May 2014
  • TheoryNet High School Physics Outreach
    • Scott Goelzer, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (Fall 2020-Present)
    • Elaine Picard, Concord-Carlisle High School (Fall 2015-Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2020)
    • Michael Wadness, Medford High School (Fall 2012-Spring 2015, Spring 2018, Spring 2022)
    • Michael Hirsh, Needham High School (Spring 2010-Spring 2012)
  • Additional Outreach
    • Hiroko Kaczmarek, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (May 2021)
  • High School Job Shadowing
    • Audrey Grimes (York High School, December 2017)
    • Cole Gilbert (Traip Academy, November 2017)
    • Joshua Reynolds (York High School, April 2016)
    • Edward Bengtson (York High School, April 2014)


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