Research Group: Big Data and Planets

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[RG # 157] Big Data and Planets

May 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Organizer:

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. 

 

Members

Eric Ford

Eric Ford

FELLOW
Penn State University
Eric Ford is a professor in astrophysics and an expert on how planets are formed at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, at Penn State University.
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He combines theoretical research with observation to improve understanding of our solar system and beyond. His research centers around planet formation, the dynamical evolution of planetary systems, & extrasolar planets. 

 

 

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

Read more about Dr. Ford here.

 

 

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Andrew Cameron

Cameron Andrew

FELLOW
University of St. Andrews

Andrew Cameron is Professor of Astronomy at St Andrews. His research is in stellar magnetic fields and the discovery and characterisation of extrasolar planets. 

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He is a founding Co-I of the WASP collaboration, which has discovered more than 170 gas-giant planets in close orbits about their host stars. He is also a member of the Science Team for the Swiss-led ESA S-class CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS; launch expected 2019), for which he leads the Working Group on data analysis.

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

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Eran Ofek

FELLOW
Weizmann Institute of Science
Eran Ofek is a researcher at the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at the Weizmann Instiute of Science.
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His research includes a broad range of astrophysical topics including the panchromatic transient sky, gravitational lensing, small bodies in the solar system, diffraction-limited imaging, instrumentation, and methods. 


2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

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Tsevi Mazeh

Tsevi Mazeh

FELLOW
Tel Aviv University
Tsevi Mazeh is Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Tel Aviv University.
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 Throughout his career, he has functioned as both theorist and observer, and is a popular writer and public speaker on Astronomy, History of Science, and Science and Religion. Currently, Mazeh is leading an international effort to detect planets and brown-dwarfs by novel relativistic effects. 

2018-2019 Organizer:Big Data and Planets

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Dovi Poznanski

Dovi Poznanski

FELLOW
Tel Aviv University
Professor Dovi Poznanski is a senior lecturer and researcher at Tel Aviv University.
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His main research interests focus on the observation and study of supernovae of the different kinds, thermonuclear or core-collapse, nearby or far away, known or predicted. Recently, he has been working on the subject of cosmic dust and the interstellar medium, with a focus on developing tools to correct for the effect of dust on cosmological and astrophysical observations.

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

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Daniel Fabrycky

Daniel Fabrycky

FELLOW
University of Chicago
Daniel Fabrycky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago.
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His research interests include: 

  1. Extrasolar planets - orbital mechanics; formation and dynamical evolution; observational techniques.
  2. Binary and Variable stars - time-resolved photometric surveys; unsolved mysteries. 

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

Read more about Professor Fabrycky here

 

 

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