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Dr Anna Dawid

Quantum physics & machine learning scientist,
theatre and games enthusiast.

Hi! I’m a research fellow at the Center of Computational Quantum Physics of the Flatiron Institute in New York, happily playing with interpretable machine learning for science, ultracold platforms for quantum simulations, and theory of machine learning.

I defended my joint Ph.D. in physics and photonics in 2022 under the supervision of Prof.  Michał Tomza (Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland) and Prof.  Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain).  Before that, I did my MSc in quantum chemistry and BSc in biotechnology at the University of Warsaw.

I am also a 2022 FNP START laureate and one of the selected participants in the 2024 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting!

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Research directions

Understanding machine learning

Why overparametrized models generalize so well? Is generalization related to the flatness of the training loss minimum? What is the reason for double descent? What data features are learned by machines? 

Machine learning for sciences

How to boost quantum experiments with deep learning? How to automatically detect local and global order parameters of quantum phase transitions? Can we learn new physics from trained neural networks?

Ultracold molecules

What happens when we have both magnetic and electric excitations which are additionally coupled? Can we go beyond diatomic molecules with diagonal Franck-Condon factors with laser cooling?

Quantum simulations

What novel phases of matter can we design? How to understand high-temperature superconductivity with quantum simulators?

Featured publications

A. Vysogorets, A.  Dawid, J. Kempe. Deconstructing the Goldilocks zone of neural network initialization. ICML ’24, arXiv:2402.03579.

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A.  Dawid, N. Bigagli, D. W. Savin, S. Will. Automated detection of laser cooling schemes for ultracold molecules. arXiv:2311.08381 (2023).

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A.  Dawid et al. Modern applications of machine learning in quantum sciences. arXiv:2204.04198 (2023). Cambridge University Press (in press)

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May 2, 2024

Our work on the Goldilocks zone of neural network initialization, led by fantastic newly defended Dr. Artem Vysogorets, has been accepted to ICML ’24!  We derived conditions for the excess of positive eigenvalues of the loss Hessian at the initialization, which was observed by Fort & Scherlis (2019) to correlate very well with the network trainability (and even better generalization). We also play with networks initialized outside the Goldilocks zone and describe the failure modes. It’s my first ICML paper, I’m a bit too happy 😛

Nov 14, 2023

Exciting new work on arXiv! With awesome experimental collaborators, we developed a graph algorithm to identify laser cooling schemes straight from spectroscopic data! Spoiler alert: it’s really fast, and results are super promising!

Oct 24, 2023

We have a contract with Cambridge University Press to publish our book “Machine learning in quantum sciences”! We expect printed copies in July 2024 😉