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This page gathers the class material for the winter 2022 U.S. Particle Accelerator School course on Optimization and Machine Learning for Accelerators.



Lecture slides

  • Organization slides
  • Optimization 1: Introduction and local methods slides
  • Optimization 2: More advanced methods slides
  • Introduction to machine learning slides
  • Gaussian process slides
  • Gaussian process (closer look) slides
  • Bayesian optimization slides
  • Modern neural networks slides
  • Uncertainty quantification in machine learning slides
  • Unsupervised learning slides
  • Reinforcement learning slides
  • Current Challenges in Machine Learning for Accelerators slides


The lab exercises are in Jupyter notebook format, and can be downloaded from the following Github repository:

During this course, the notebooks will be run on the Radiasoft Jupyter servers, at


The course will use the Slack workspace for related communication, discussions and questions.