Prof. Josh Bloom (UC Berkeley) visit our group and give colloquium speech

Oct 2, 2009

“Transients in the Wide-Field Synoptic Era”

The advent of precursor experiments to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project  herald a fundamental transition in time-domain astronomy: the data acquisition rates simply swamp the traditional capabilities of astronomers to perform and react to discoveries.

New tools are required to abstract humans out of the real-time loop in order to extract novel science from such datastreams. I will discuss the some of scientific aims of the Palomar Transients Factory, the Synoptic All-Sky Infrared Survey (SASIR) and LSST, with a particular focus on rarities and synergies with gravity wave projects. I will also discuss our new NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery Initiative effort to build a computational framework, based in part on parallelized machine-learning algorithms, for classifying time-series data in the context of discovery and follow-up.