Friday, March 22, 2019

Astronomers Turn to AI to Track Galaxies as New Telescopes Come Online

Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle. To turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of these instruments into world-changing scientific discoveries, Brant Robertson, a visiting professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies and an associate professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, is turning to AI. “Astronomy is on the cusp of a new data revolution,” he said told a packed room at this week’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley.