"To the Zooniverse and Beyond: How Crowdsourcing Science is Solving Big Data Problems in Astronomy" by Lucy Fortson (U. Minnesota)

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
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GuestSpeaker: Lucy Fortson (University of Minnesota)

Talk Title:  “To the Zooniverse and Beyond: How Crowdsourcing Science is Solving Big Data Problems in Astronomy”


Citizen science - the involvement of hundreds of thousands of people in the research process  - provides a radical solution to the challenge of dealing with the greatly increased size of modern data sets.  Zooniverse.org is the most successful collection of online citizen science projects which have enabled nearly 1.5 million online volunteers to contribute to over sixty research projects spanning disciplines from astronomy to zoology. I will describe some of the results to date from the Zooniverse collection of online projects, including the original Galaxy Zoo (Sloan Digital Sky Survey data). I will then discuss future developments of the Zooniverse platform in the context of new approaches to machine learning to assess volunteer behavior with the ultimate goal of producing a system that can balance classifications from humans and machines in real time. Such efforts are critical in coping with data from the next generation of large-scale experiments, including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

We thank the following people for their contributions to the wine fund for the post-colloquium reception:
Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Mike Cornwall, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Andrea Ghez, Prof. Karoly Holczer, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. Myank Mehta, Prof. John Miao, Prof. Roberto Peccei, Prof. Claudio Pellegrini, Prof. David Saltzberg, Prof. Jean Turner and Prof. Ben Zuckerman.

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