Colloquium

Hackable User Interfaces and The Future of Data Analysis in Astronomy (Chris Beaumont, Harvard)

September 16, 2014

The tools we use to investigate data affect the way that we do science -- we are constantly (if subtly) drawn towards questions that are easily answered by our analytical and software tools, and comparatively discouraged from research directions that are less-well matched to these tools. A crucial skill that most scientists learn early in their careers is how to identify the most fruitful scientific questions, given the current state of analysis techniques. However, some of us are drawn to to the problem from the other side -- how might we build new tools to answer different classes of...

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Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations (Arzu Çöltekin, Zurich)

Our perceptual limits in reading and interpreting visualizations (Arzu Çöltekin, Zurich)

August 18, 2014

Visualizations help us in interpreting and communicating complex concepts and rich data. However, we have a number of perceptual and cognitive limitations that counter-intuitively work against us when we work with visualizations. These limitations lead to critical mistakes, e.g., in interpreting patterns or simply reading information from a graphic. What are these culprits and how can we avoid them? This talk by Arzu Coltekin (Zurich) offers an overview of the state of the...

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Concerning Astrophotography (Vicent Peris, Valencia)

Concerning Astrophotography (Vicent Peris, Valencia)

June 26, 2014

In this talk, Vicent Peris reviewed his works in the astrophotography and image processing disciplines. Working as astrophotographer at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, he leads an astrophotography project at Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain. This is the first astrophotography project in the world with access to the observational time of professional telescopes (about 50 night per year). Along with this project, he is also co-founder of the Documentary School of Astrophotography, the first school of thought in the astrophotography discipline.
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Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

February 10, 2014

In 1610, when Galileo pointed his small telescope at Jupiter, he drew sketches to record what he saw. After just a few nights of observing, he understood his sketches to be showing moons orbiting Jupiter. It was the visualization of Galileo’s observations that led to his understanding of a clearly Sun-centered solar system, and to the revolution this understanding then caused.... Read more about Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy (Alyssa Goodman, Harvard)

Seamless Astronomy Colloquium Series

Seamless Astronomy Colloquium Series

February 3, 2014

We are happy to announce the creation of a Seamless Astronomy Colloquium Series, which will focus on the intersection of modern astrophysical research, data visualization, software development, big science data repositories, and professional development for scientists. Our inaugural colloquia was 10 February 2014 by Alyssa Goodman, entitled: "Linking Visualization & Understanding in Astronomy." We plan on holding colloquia on a semester or perhaps...

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