San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
During the week 5th-8th May 2015, ICMS will host a workshop on Solving big data challenges from modern science through statistical modelling. On Thursday 7th May,6pm there will be a public lecture by Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow
2020 Vision: Exploring the Cosmos with the Next Generation of Astronomical Telescopes
Within the next decade a number of ground-breaking astronomical telescopes and facilities will revolutionise our view of the Universe. Instruments such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Square Kilometre Array and the Advanced LIGO and Virgo interferometers will explore some of the biggest mysteries in astronomy - from searching for earth-like exoplanets to observing the very first galaxies; from directly detecting gravitational waves to mapping dark matter and dark energy across cosmic history. The operation of these facilities will also present new and fascinating challenges for astronomical data analysis: how best to combine 'multimessenger'; observations across the electromagnetic spectrum and beyond; how to optimally survey diverse source populations and complex processes described by many parameters; how to identify and classify in real time millions of new transient events discovered every night? In this lecture I will survey the coming deluge of observations expected from the next generation of astronomical telescopes, highlighting both the key science questions we hope to address with these facilities and the exciting opportunities for multidisciplinary 'big data' research that analysis and exploitation of their observations will provide.
Doors Open at 5.30pm