Pablo de Castro Manzano

Curriculum Vitae


Young Physics PhD student about to graduate at the University of Padua.
Domain knowledge about particle physics at collider experiments.
Technical research expertise in statistics and machine learning for scientific data analysis and simulation.
Competent C++ and Python programmer and technological tinkerer.
Broadly interested in the role of computational tools in science and society.
Strong advocate for open and reproducible science.


PhD in Physics, University of Padua, Italy
Completed, waiting for PhD thesis review and defence (end of March 2019)
PhD Thesis: "Statistical Learning and Inference in Particle Collider Experiments"
Master’s Degree in Physics, Instrumentation and the Environment, University of Cantabria, Spain
Average grade: 9.7/10.0 - Specialty in Advanced Physics
Master’s thesis: " Measurement of CMS b-tagging efficiencies using the Flavour-tag Consistency Method at a center-of-mass-energy of 13 TeV "
Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (4 years), University of Cantabria, Spain
Average grade: 8.6/10.0 - Mention in Fundamental Physics
Final Year Project: " Measurement of the W+W- production cross section in pp collisions
at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV "
Physics Exchange Student, Imperial College London, UK
1st Class (70% GPA)
Spanish Baccalaureate in Science and International Baccalaureate, I.E.S. Santa Clara, Spain
University Access Qualification: 12.1/14.0


2015 - 2018
Early Stage Researcher, INFN - Sezione di Padova, Italy
Within the AMVA4NewPhysics H2020 project, whose aim is to develop and apply state of the art machine learning techniques for High Energy Physics data analyses. Main projects:
- New machine learning technique to construct inference-aware summary statistics.
- Non-resonant Higgs pair production analysis (bbbb channel) at the LHC with the CMS detector.
- Integration of TensorFlow-based multi-class jet tagger model DeepJet in CMS experiment software.
Winter 2016
Academic Secondment, University California Irvine, US
Collaboration with researches at the UCI Center of Machine Learning on differentiable approximations of histograms to build inference-aware losses for neural networks and the role of new deep learning techniques on jet quark-gluon tagging.
Autumn 2016
Industrial Secondment, SDG Consulting Milan, Italy
Worked on possible applications topological data analysis and developed a open-source package re-implementing the MAPPER algorithm with a scikit-learn-like API.
2014 - 2015
Research Project Associate, University of Cantabria, Spain
Collaborating in data analyses within the CMS Collaboration, mainly related with b-tagging and top quark pair production.
Summer 2015
Research Internship, Brown University, US
Carry out part of Master’s thesis with the Experimental Particle Physics research group.
Summer 2014
CERN Summer Student, CERN, Switzerland
Working with an experimental research team on characterising silicon detectors using lasers. Developed an open-source simulator of the of drift dynamics of carrier distributions in complex semiconductor detectors.
Spring 2014
Research Internship, Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA), Spain
Focussed on the use of ontologies, knowledge bases and semantic web technologies to design a system for data preservation in High Energy Physics.


Spanish: Native speaker
English: Proficient user ( > C1 level) with the following certifications:
   - Cambridge Advance English (CAE): Grade B (June 2013)
   - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 101/120 Score (December 2013)
Experienced technical writer.
Italian: Intermediate
Advanced Linux and Unix system administrator (>5 years)
Control version, continuous integration and other open-source software practises
Programming Languages: projects carried out using Python, C++ and JS among others.
Data Analysis: numpy, pandas, TensorFlow, scikit-learn, scipy, ROOT, R and many more.
Visualization: matplotlib, ggplot and D3JS libraries.
Used to complex data analysis algorithms and data structures
Scientific/technical document creation with Latex/Markdown

Awards and Grants

Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR fellowship, AMVA4NewPhysics ITN, EU
Brown University Exchange scholarship, University of Cantabria, Spain
CERN Summer Student, CERN, Switzerland
Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Spanish Government, Spain
Erasmus Scholarship with Excellence Mention, Spanish Government, Spain


Author of 200+ publications as a member of the CMS Collaboration. See Google Scholar Profile for full list.
Selected subset of CMS publications with substantial personal contribution and non-CMS publications:

stat-ml preprint
"INFERNO: Inference-Aware Neural Optimisation". A. de Castro and T. Dorigo. June 2018.
arxiv:1806.04743 (submitted to CPC)
hep-ex preprint
"Search for nonresonant Higgs boson pair production in the bbbb final state at 13 TeV". CMS Collaboration. October 2018. arxiv:1810.11854 (submitted to JHEP).
hep-ex preprint
"Combination of searches for Higgs boson pair production in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV". CMS Collaboration. November 2018. arxiv:1811.09689 (submitted to PRL).
Journal  Publication
"TRACS: A multi-thread transient current simulator for micro strips and pad detectors". J. Calvo, P. de Castro et al. Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. February 2019. doi:10.1016/j.nima.2018.11.132.
DSPS workshop  at NIPS
"DeepJet: Generic physics object based jet multi-class classificationn for LHC experiments". Markus Stoye on behalf of CMS Collaboration. December 2017. Workshop Paper.
"Search for non-resonant pair production of Higgs bosons in the bbbb final state with 13 TeV CMS data", CMS Collaboration, August 2016, cds:2209572
hep-ph preprint
"Analytical parametrization and shape classification of anomalous HH production in the EFT approach", LHC Higgs Cross Section Working Group, July 2016, arxiv:1608.06578

Presentations and Posters

Conference  Presentation
"INFERNO: Inference-Aware Neural Optimisation"
Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research, March 2019, Sans-Fee, Switzerland
Invited  Talk
"INFERNO: Inference-Aware Neural Optimisation"
Dark Machines Monthly Meeting, October 2018, Remote Contribution
Workshop  Poster
"INFERNO: Inference-Aware Neural Optimisation"
Advanced Statistics for Physics Discovery, September 2018, Padova, Italy
Invited  Talk
"Direct Learning of Systematics-Aware Summary Statistics"
CMS Machine Learning Forum, August 2018, Remote Contribution
Presentation  and Poster
"Direct Learning of Systematics-Aware Summary Statistics" (awarded best poster prize)
XIIIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum, August 2018, Maynooth, Ireland
Workshop  Presentation
"Direct Learning of Systematics-Aware Summary Statistics". 2nd Inter-experimental Machine Learning Working Group Workshop, April 2018, CERN, Switzerland
Conference Presentation
"QCD multijet background modelling by hemisphere mixing" XIIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum, September 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
Workshop  Presentation
"Non-resonant HH to bbbb analyses"
HH searches with CMS workshop, January 2016, Lyon, France
Workshop  Presentations
"TRACS: Transient Current Simulator" (main author and presenter)
Also co-author of the following contributions: "Two Photon Absorption and carrier generation in semiconductors"
"TPA-TCT: A novel Transient Current Technique based on the Two Photon Absorption (TPA) process"
25th RD50 Workshop on Radiation hard semiconductor devices for very high luminosity colliders, CERN, Switzerland
Conf. Presentation  (co-author)
"Increasing the capacitance beyond the classical limits in capacitors with free-electron like electrodes"
APS March Meeting 2015 (Volume 60 - Number 1), San Antonio, Texas
Conference Poster   (co-author)
"Implementation of the IFCA CMS Open Data Portal using EGI FedCloud resources"
EGI Conference 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Seminars, Certifications, Courses and other Events

Conference Attended
35th International Conference on Machine Learning 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
School Attended
European School of High Energy Physics 2018 Evora, Portugal
Public Seminar
Adapting Machine Learning for Scientific Discovery (in Spanish), March 2017, Oviedo, Spain
Conference Attended
5th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics 2016
Crete, Greece
School Attended
Second Machine Learning in High Energy Physics Summer School 2016, Yandex School of Data Analysis, and National Research University Higher School of Economics, Lund, Sweden
Workshop Attended
Data Science @ LHC 2015 Workshop
November 2015, CERN, Switzerland
School Attended
CMS Data Analysis School 2015, CMS Collaboration, Bari, Italy
Workshop Attended
CPAN, Benasque, Spain