Maria Spiropulu, a professor of Physics at Caltech’s PMA, is a world renowned experimental particle physics researcher. She worked for 10 years at the Tevatron’s collider experiments at Fermilab in Chicago and 13 years at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider with leading roles on detector R&D and operations and in the searches for new physics including the discovery of the Higgs boson. She is known for developing the “double blind” data analysis method for the first time in searches for supersymmetry at the Tevatron and inventing the novel “razor” framework for discovery and characterization of new physics.
In the past years she has been working on advanced data technologies with an eye on using AI methods to enable and accelerate scientific discovery. She initiated a collaboration with leading quantum computation researchers targeting the embedding of physics problems onto the D-Wave quantum annealer. Spiropulu is the author of "Where is Einstein?", the final chapter in "My Einstein: Essays by twenty four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy.