Bayesian Optimization for Materials Science

  • Daniel¬†Packwood

Part of the SpringerBriefs in the Mathematics of Materials book series (BRIEFSMAMA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Daniel Packwood
    Pages 11-28

About this book


This book provides a short and concise introduction to Bayesian optimization specifically for experimental and computational materials scientists. After explaining the basic idea behind Bayesian optimization and some applications to materials science in Chapter 1, the mathematical theory of Bayesian optimization is outlined in Chapter 2. Finally, Chapter 3 discusses an application of Bayesian optimization to a complicated structure optimization problem in computational surface science.
Bayesian optimization is a promising global optimization technique that originates in the field of machine learning and is starting to gain attention in materials science. For the purpose of materials design, Bayesian optimization can be used to predict new materials with novel properties without extensive screening of candidate materials. For the purpose of computational materials science, Bayesian optimization can be incorporated into first-principles calculations to perform efficient, global structure optimizations. While research in these directions has been reported in high-profile journals, until now there has been no textbook aimed specifically at materials scientists who wish to incorporate Bayesian optimization into their own research. This book will be accessible to researchers and students in materials science who have a basic background in calculus and linear algebra.


Bayesian optimisation intermolecular interaction surface catalyst density functional theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel¬†Packwood
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Integrated Cell-Materials Sciences (iCeMS)Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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