Cameron Berry, MPhys alumni who graduated in summer 2019, talks about his student journey at the University of Edinburgh.
Why did you choose Edinburgh?
Applying to Edinburgh for me was a very natural fit considering half my family is Scottish. I had visited Edinburgh multiple times and it was only a short train journey from home. As I visited the city and University in the lead up to applying, I felt sure it was where I wanted to end up. However, I really couldn’t have known what a ride it would be studying here for five years!
Brendan Martin is currently in year 4 of the MPhys Mathematical Physics degree. He completed a Career Development Summer Project in machine learning.
I worked in the area of machine learning for particle physics. Machine Learning can be an extremely useful tool for analysing data from experiments – in classifying particles or identifying interesting event topologies, for example. Designing accurate, computationally cheap algorithms is therefore hugely important. Under the supervision of Prof Luigi Del Debbio, I investigated the relationship between the bias, variance and noise of a given data set using a deep neural network as an estimator. I gained insight into the fascinating, quickly developing field of machine learning whilst simultaneously improving my programming skills.
There was fierce competition during the third annual mid-semester pub quiz held for students studying the year 2 Modern Physics course. The 12 teams battled it out with questions on physics, astronomy, general knowledge and movies, as well as a fun picture round.
Well done to all the competing teams, and congratulations to the winning team ‘Sanduleak 69’, who were presented with chocolates, wine and a winner’s certificate.
So, let’s see how you get on:
Physics: Particles moving in a medium faster than the local speed of light emit what?
Astronomy: What did Didier Queloz and Michel Mayer discover in 1995 that led to their Nobel Prize this week?
Movies: Draw the rebel alliance logo.
General knowledge: What is the national animal of Scotland?