Clemson University

Colloquium: Prof. Chris Lintott, University of Oxford


Department of Physics and Astronomy


Meeting ID: 962 6907 1707

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Thursday, January 21, 4:00 pm


The Crowd and the Cosmos: Citizen Science in the age of big data


Prof. Chris Lintott

University of Oxford


Abstract: Citizen Science projects such as Galaxy Zoo (launched in 2007) have demonstrated that hundreds of thousands of volunteers can make significant contributions to astronomical research. Project Principal Investigator Chris Lintott will review the latest results from the project, covering both morphological studies of large populations of galaxies and unusual objects such as ‘Hanny’s Voorwerp’, a galaxy-scale light echo. Galaxy Zoo inspired the creation of the Zooniverse platform, which now hosts nearly 100 projects - using recent astrophysical examples, including searches for supernovae and strong lenses, Lintott will argue that there will be a place for volunteer classification well into the next decade, highlighting in particular novel machine learning approaches which manage the division of effort between volunteers and machines in a flexible, optimized manner. The talk will include at least one picture of penguins.


Bio: Dr. Lintott is also a research fellow at New College, working on topics from galaxy evolution, transient detection and machine learning. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program. His book, ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’, is now available from Oxford University Press.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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