IPMU Colloquium

Speaker: Chris Lintott (Univ. of Oxford)
Title: From Galaxy Zoo to LSST: Citizen Science and the rise of the machines
Date: Wed, Jan 16, 2019, 15:30 - 17:00
Place: Lecture Hall
Abstract: Citizen Science projects such as Galaxy Zoo have demonstrated that hundreds of thousands of volunteers can make significant contributions to research. Project Principal Investigator Chris Lintott will review the latest results from the project, covering both studies of large populations of barred galaxies and discoveries of 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 planets, supernova and strong lenses, Lintott will argue that there will be a place for volunteer classification well into the next decade, despite the development of increasingly advanced deep learning.