[RG # 157] Big Data and Planets
May 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019
Tsevi Mazeh (Tel Aviv University)
Astronomy is in the midst of a transformation brought on by exponentially progressing technological advances in the information age. New detector capabilities and faster computation have created a new era in which the use of advanced data mining and inference methods could bring new answers to long-standing scientific questions. The proposed research group, which includes leading figures in data analysis of exo-planets will
• prepare algorithms for analysis of data from the forthcoming TESS space mission,
• apply Gaussian Processes and machine learning algorithms to model stellar variability in transit and radial-velocity studies of exo-planets, and
• study exo-planetary system architectures by developing population models and confront them with the accumulating data, using new statistical tools.
We expect the research group to provide a better understanding of the exo-planetary population via advanced statistical tools — a giant leap in one of the most exciting fields of present science.