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Portrait of Ed Hirst


Postal address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



PhD Student in the mathematical physics group of the mathematics department at City, University of London. Research work is with Prof Yang-Hui He into applications of machine-learning and data science techniques on problems arising in string and gauge theories. Primary interests within this are the relevant areas of algebraic geometry arising in string theory, particularly the Calabi-Yau landscape of manifolds.


  1. MSci Physics with Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Oct 2015 – Jun 2019


Geographic Areas

  • Europe - Western


Title of thesis: Machine-Learning and Data Science in String and Gauge Theories

Oct 2019 – Mar 2023

Summary of research

Application of advanced numerical and machine-learning data science techniques to problems arising within the algebraic geometry sector of string theories, most notably relating to Calabi-Yau manifolds and their classification.

External supervisor

  • He, Y-H. City, University London.


Journal articles (3)

  1. Bao, J., Franco, S., He, Y.H., Hirst, E., Musiker, G. and Xiao, Y. (2020). Quiver mutations, Seiberg duality, and machine learning. Physical Review D, 102(8). doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.102.086013.
  2. He, Y.-.H., Hirst, E. and Peterken, T. (2020). Machine-learning dessins d'Enfants: Explorations via modular and seiberg-witten curves. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. doi:10.1088/1751-8121/abbc4f.
  3. Bao, J., He, Y.-.H., Hirst, E. and Pietromonaco, S. Lectures on the Calabi-Yau Landscape. Fields Institute Monographs.