Data Scientist
Physicist
Musician

Matthew

N.K.
Smith

I'm currently the Principal Data Scientist with the City of Boston.

I bring a creative research-oriented perspective to my data science work, drawing on my background in particle physics and experience in the world of conservation policy to drive social impact projects for the city.

Ongoing projects include:

  • forecasting city workforce (police, fire, public works) shortages due to the COVID19 outbreak

  • predictive modeling for homeless shelter reform,

  • clustering rideshare activity to prioritize locations for pick-up/drop-off zones,

  • founding and spearheading the City of Boston's Ethical Data Working Group

  • sentiment analysis of press coverage of the mayor's legislative agenda,

  • and many more!

 

PHYSICS

My physics research has focused on two topics:

Jet physics is the study of collimated sprays of energy produced in particle collisions.  Jets are fundamentally useful tools for managing collision products, performing a census on the particles involved, and tracing backward to the interesting dynamics of the collision's origin.  I believe constructed objects like jets can serve as a model for other, less spacial, data structures.

 

Supersymmetry has been developed over the last half-century to address the weaknesses in the Standard Model of particle physics.  The theory suggests that each fundamental particle has a partner "super-particle" that can only be observed at very high energies.  

My PhD thesis is titled "A search for supersymmetric phenomena in final states with high jet multiplicity at the ATLAS detector".

2015-2017

CERN

Worked on a supersymmetry search involving a very large number of jets.  Collaborated primarily with the Oxford high-energy physics department.  Completed PhD Spring 2017.

2014-2015

SLAC

Worked with the Stanford high-energy physics department and SLAC national lab, researching optimization and application of jet algorithms. 

2013-2014

CERN

As a part of the Pixel detector team, tested and validated the innermost part of the ATLAS detector prior to its Run-2 installation.

2011-2013

Columbia University

Taught a variety of courses including advanced undergraduate engineering lab.  Completed MSci, began research supervised by Emlyn Hughes (PhD completed 2017). 

2010-2011

Perimeter Institute

As a member of the second class of Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) I completed an intensive theoretical physics masters.

2006-2010

Yale University

BS in physics (honors track).  Senior thesis: di-hadron correlations at RHIC.  Winner of the Yale Deforest Pioneers Prize "for distinguished creative achievement in physics"

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CONTACT

I'm always happy to get in touch!  Shoot me an email at:

matthew.nk.smith[AT]boston.gov

Or just fill out the form here.

© 2019 by Matthew N.K. Smith