LPC Distinguished Researcher


Allison Hall


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

What I will be working on:

My main research focus at the LPC is searching for dark matter using the CMS experiment, particularly in final states with new and exotic signatures such as displaced lepton jets. I will work on establishing the COFFEA project as a software framework that can be used by many LPC analysis groups. COFFEA uses data science techniques that are commonly used in industry to deal with the challenges of an ever-increasing amount of data. I also work on software R&D to speed up the CMS track building algorithms in preparation for the HL-LHC.

My role in CMS past and present:

I joined CMS as a graduate student in 2013. My PhD analysis at the University of Notre Dame was a search for gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking in events with missing transverse momentum and two photons. I also worked in Offline & Computing for CMS and was in charge of the Unified software that oversees all of the central production workflows running on the CMS grid. I started at Fermilab as a postdoc in 2018, and I am now working on dark matter searches and improving CMS software (both reconstruction and analysis software) to address the data challenges of the HL-LHC.