I am currently a PhD student working on physics and machine learning at the University of Oxford’s Center for Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems (2017-present), and a machine learning lead for NASA’s Frontier Development Lab (2019-present).
I am interested in machine learning for physics. More specifically, I want to understand how best we can combine physical principles and machine learning together in more nuanced ways, which will hopefully lead to more powerful tools for AI researchers and other scientists alike. In my work I have developed new physics-informed machine learning algorithms for solving differential equations and applied state-of-the-art physics-based machine learning to many different real-world scientific problems, ranging from searching for water on the Moon to tracking elephants in Kenya.
- [Sep 21] our Nature Communications paper on peering into permanently shadowed regions on the Moon’s surface with machine learning is out. Read the press coverage from the Max Planck Institute and University of Oxford here and here.
- [Jul 21] our latest preprint (and code) is out, which proposes a scalable method for solving differential equations using physics-informed neural networks (FBPINNs).
- [Jul 21] our paper using ground vibrations to localise elephants has been published in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface. Read the press coverage from the University of Oxford here.
- [Jun 21] I will be returning to NASA’s Frontier Development Lab this year as a faculty member (ML team lead), helping to super-resolve images of the lunar surface.
- [Mar 21] our paper on denoising extremely low-light images of the lunar surface has been accepted at CVPR.
- [Feb 21] I was a teaching assistant for the University of Oxford Department of Computer Science undergraduate course in Advanced Topics in Machine Learning.
- [Nov 20] I was a teaching assistant for the University of Oxford Centre for Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems postgraduate course on Machine Learning.
- [Sep 20] I helped to accelerate wind energy production in the UK by leading a team of 8 ML researchers at the UK Alan Turing Institute 2020 September Data Study Group.
- [Aug 20] Our manifesto paper on using deep learning to accelerate seismic simulation has been published in Solid Earth.
- [Jul 20] Our paper using unsupervised machine learning to discover thermal anomalies on the Moon has been published in the Planetary Science Journal.
- [Jun 20] our latest preprint is out, on using physics-informed neural networks to solve the wave equation.
- [Feb 20] our team won best technical solution at the Oxford Foundry AI & Climate Change Hackathon.
- [Jan 20] I was invited to be a Series Editor for Elsevier’s 2020 Advances in Geophysics special issue on Machine Learning in the Geosciences.
- [Jun 19] I will be joining NASA’s Frontier Development lab over this summer as a AI researcher, working in their Moon For Good team.
 Unsupervised learning for anomaly detection, UKRI Joint CDT Conference in Robotics & Autonomous Systems
 Physics-informed deep learning for solving differential equations, UK Science &Technology Facilities Council
 Anomaly detection and variational autoencoders, ETH Zurich Machine Learning and Astrophysics workshop, and UCLA Diviner experiment research seminar
 Solving the wave equation with physics-informed ML, Stanford Earth seminar
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Bickel, V., Moseley, B., Lopez-Francos, I., Shirley, M. (2021). Peering into Lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions with Deep Learning. Nature Communications. [press coverage] Used machine learning to enhance images of permanently shadowed regions on the Moon, allowing us to see features within these regions down to 3 m in size for the first time.
Moseley, B., Bickel, V., Lopez-Francos, I. G., & Rana, L. (2021). Extreme Low-Light Environment-Driven Image Denoising Over Permanently Shadowed Lunar Regions With a Physical Noise Model. IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). [blog post] Used a combination of physical modelling and deep learning to remove noise from images of permanently shadowed regions on the lunar surface, aiding the search for water and future mission planners.
Moseley, B., Markham, A., & Nissen-Meyer, T. (2021). Finite Basis Physics-Informed Neural Networks (FBPINNs): a scalable domain decomposition approach for solving differential equations. ArXiv. [code] Proposed a new method for solving differential equations which is able to scale to large problems by using physics-informed neural networks and a divide-and-conquer strategy.
Reinwald, M., Moseley, B., Szenicer, A., Nissen-Meyer, T., Oduor, S., Vollrath, F., … Mortimer, B. (2021). Seismic localization of elephant rumbles as a monitoring approach. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. [press coverage] [blog post] [code] Showed that the location of elephants can be accurately determined by using the ground vibrations they make whilst calling each other and a positioning algorithm which is able to say how uncertain it is.
Moseley, B., Markham, A., & Nissen-Meyer, T. (2020). Solving the wave equation with physics-informed deep learning. ArXiv. Showed that physics-informed neural networks can be used to simulate complex wave physics, and that they potentially offer a faster approach than traditional simulation methods.
Moseley, B., Nissen-Meyer, T., & Markham, A. (2020). Deep learning for fast simulation of seismic waves in complex media. Solid Earth. [code] Discussed in detail the advantages and challenges of using deep learning for simulating seismic waves, and presented multiple deep neural networks which can significantly accelerate traditional methods.
Moseley, B., Bickel, V., Burelbach, J., & Relatores, N. (2020). Unsupervised Learning for Thermophysical Analysis on the Lunar Surface. The Planetary Science Journal. [blog post] Used machine learning to disentangle the underlying factors of variation in the Moon’s surface temperature, allowing us to identify thermal anomalies on the surface and verify existing physical models.
Latest blog posts
- So, what is a physics-informed neural network?Machine learning has become increasing popular across science, but do these algorithms actually “understand” the scientific problems they are trying to solve? In this article we explain physics-informed neural networks, …
- Seeing into permanently shadowed regions on the Moon for the first time using machine learningAs part of NASA’s Frontier Development Lab, we developed an AI algorithm which enhanced images of permanently shadowed regions on the Moon, allowing us to see into these extremely dark …
- We used AI to search for resources on the MoonAs part of NASA’s 2019 Frontier Development Lab, we used AI to search for resources on the surface of the Moon which could one day help humans settle there. The …
- Bayesian positioning with pymc3Today we rely on GPS for almost everything, from driving our cars to auditing our financial transactions. However when tracking animals this system is invasive because it requires the use …
- Can we track elephants using the vibrations they make through the ground?In February this year I joined a research trip in Kenya and helped to investigate whether it is possible to track elephants using the vibrations they make through the ground. …
- Hello world!Brand new website launched! I am excited to launch the website (it’s my first forage into website development so bear with me..), watch out for posts on AI and machine …
Hi Alex, That is a really interesting idea. PINNs have also been used for learning underlying equations themselves, e.g. https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.03448.…
Hi Amartansh, Thanks a lot for your comment! Yes, PINNs can (and are frequently) used for inverse problems too. This…
Thanks for the nice article. Just a correction that the original PINNs paper (two of them for foreward and inverse…
This is really great and thanks for the example – helps to understand the post. I have another question -…
Dear Ben, Thanks for the amazing blogpost. Very informative. I work in computational electromagnetics and I was wondering if it…