Wasikul Islam




Welcome to the Wasikul Islam's homepage. I am a grduate student of Physics at Oklahoma State University, and Resident Associate at Argonne National Laboratory  working under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Khanov for Experimental High Energy Physics group and ATLAS Collaboration of CERN, Geneva, Switzeerland. Recently I have been awarded with "ANL ATLAS Graduate Fellowship 2017" by Argonne National Laboratory(ANL).  Previously I was awarded another Summer Reserach Fellowhip by HEPCCE, a joint institute by ANL, Fermilab, Barkeley lab & BNL. Under that fellowship, I worked at ANL as Research Aide. Currently I am also working at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as Visiting Graduate Student. 

I did my Bachelor and Masters in Physics from Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, India After Masters I worked for ALICE experiment at CERN for few months as summer intern before coming to US to join my PhD. I was interviewed by CERN along with other very few students as representatives of all the summer students of CERN in 2015. Some of my experiences were published in CERN’s one of official newsletters ALICE MATTERS , in the website of HEPCCE. and in the news portal of Oklahoma State University

Office at OSU: 252 Physical Sciences Bldg, Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA 74078.

Office at ANL: Room F-221, Bldg 360, HEP Division, Argonne National Lab, 9700 S Cass Ave, Lemont, IL, USA 60439.

Contacts : I can be reached at wasikul@okstate.edu ; wasikul.islam@cern.ch ; wislam@anl.gov 

Useful links :

ATLAS-OSU Internal meeting

Publications by ATLAS

Particle Data Group

My Research :

  • The efficient identification of jets from bottom quarks (b-jets) is one of the~most important techniques for many physics analyses at the Large Hadron Collider, including studies of the Higgs boson, the top quark, and searches beyond the Standard Model. The performance is characterized by b-tagging efficiency (probability to identify a b-jet as such) and the mistag rate (probability to mistakenly accept a non-b-jet). So, mistag rate calibration has been a very important task for LHC as well. Currently I am developing a completely "new method" for light jet calibrations with the ATLAS detector of LHC.                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • As a Research Aide at the 'High Energy Physics Center for Computational Excellence' (HEP-CCE) of Argonne National Laboratory and I am worked on the feasibility of using Deep Neural Network(DNN) in HEP problems, specifically for 'object classification', 'event recognition' with the ATLAS detector data. I have completed the project of Object recognition at Argonne National lab in Summer 2017 and currently working on more complicated problems. More details can be found here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • As 'ANL-ATLAS Graduate Fellow 2017'  and Gradute Associate of Argonne National Laboratory for one year, my work is for a "High Luminocity-LHC" upgrade project on 'ITK Pixel R&D' using the testbeam at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory .                                                                                                           
  •  I have been involved in a short project 'Secondary Vertex recontsruction using IP-RNN in ATLAS' at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) during my visit at SLAC / Stanford University in May, 2017.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • And as an Intern at CERN in the ALICE experiment, I worked in Accelerator Physics in 2015. Apart from studying on accelerator physics and I also developed some tools for outreach activities of 'Accelerator Physics' to people of different age groups. I also created a CERN twiki page regarding that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  •  As a Masters student in India, I worked  on : 'Future Neutrino Oscillation Experiments' for my master's thesis. Where we did some calculations of 3 flavor neutrino oscillation in matter and in free space and we studied the future prospects of 23 Neutrino oscillation experiments which were about to start or just started at that time.

My current Research at Oklahoma State University with the ATLAS collaboration is explained in the following short video made in 2016 for university's official video channel Ostate.Tv : 



Teaching :  

I have been teaching physics course PHYS1224 to undergrad students as Lab TA from Fall 2016 semester. I worked as grdaer TA in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semsters for the same course. And in Spring 2017, I taught PHYS1224 and PHYS2114.

For Spring 2017 semester, the timings of the classes, I taught were :

PHYS1224 Group 2 : Monday 10.30 am - 12.20 pm

PHYS2124 Group 3 : Monday 12.30 pm - 2.20 pm

PHYS1224 Group 10 : Wednessday 12.30 pm - 12.20 pm

PHYS1224 Group 12 : Wednessday 2.30 pm - 4.20 pm

My office hours were the following:

Friday : 11.00 am - 12.30 pm  (Physics help room 041)

Friday : 02.30 am - 04.00 pm  (Physics help room 041)


For teaching about 'Accelerators', I have developed a twiki page which has info, different kind of materials,  presentations for different age group of people :  https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/Main/Material%5D

 Selected Talks:

1. "Performance of b jet identification in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector" at APS April Meeting 2017, Washington DC  [ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017APS..APR.R9004I ]

2. "Results on Light Jet Calibration by Direct Tag Method" at Flavor Tagging Calibration Meeting of ATLAS, CERN.

3. "Identifying objects in ATLAS through machine learning techniques" at 'Young Scientists Symposium', Argonne National Laboratory, July, 2017.

4. "Mistag rate calibration using Direct Tag method with the ATLAS detector" at US-ATLAS workshop, Argonne National Laboratory, July, 2017.

5. "Identifying objects in ATLAS through machine learning techniques"as 'Young Physicist's Lightening talk'  at US-LHC Users Association Meeting 2017 at Fermilab, November, 2017.

6. "Recent developments in ML techniques for High Energy Physics"  for 'Experimental Methods in High Energy Physics’ course at Oklahoma State University, December, 2017.

7. Talk by collaborator  : "Object ID in LHC detectors using Machine Learning"  in 'machine learning for Jet images workhop' at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Deecmber 2017.




Works in progress!

Extra Curricular Activities :

Apart from studies of Physics, my hobby is to write poems and to engage in the activities, related to the welfare of people and the society, we live in (Out of my very limited capabilities).

Few notable actvities are :

1. Attended "United Nations Youth Assembly 2017" after being selecetd as a 'Delegate' at United Nations Head Quarters, New York, US.

2. Currently working as an 'Operational member' of 'Sir Syed Education Society of North America' which provides "Sir Syed Global Scholar Award" to needy and motivated students of India to help them (by paying all the costs of their application process) achieve their dreams of higher study in US and other foreign countries. [Webpage of the organization: http:// www.ssgsa.us]

3. Currently I am teaching "Python Programming langage" to visually impaired Students through non profit US based organisation Vision-Aid (http://www.visionaid.org).

4. Founded with few others a Bengali literary Society 'Onuronon Shahitya Adda' at Aligarh, India and served as a coeditor of the 1st edition of its magazine "Onuronon".

5. Lead a team as 'Creative Manager'  and successfully made a Guinness World Record by making 'World's largest Envelope' in 2012, whose intentions was to spread the message of the theme : "Let there be no oppression, We want peace, equality, brotherhood and unity".

Enjoy the live particle collisions at ATLAS detector :