Enabling Data-Intensive Astronomy at NOAO

Monday, 25 July 2016 2 p.m. — 3 p.m. MST

AURA Lecture Hall

NOIRLab South Colloquia
ADAM S. BOLTON (Associated Director for System Science and Data, National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

As the field of astronomy evolves toward greater emphasis on large-scale public survey datasets, the mission of the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) is evolving to deliver the diverse data-intensive science capabilities needed by the community. I will describe two major current initiatives at NOAO in this context: Data Lab and ANTARES. Data Lab is developing tools for data discovery, interactive exploration, and scripted analysis of large holdings in the NOAO archive, with a planned public release in mid 2017. ANTARES is the Arizona-NOAO Temporal Analysis and Response to Events System, a collaboration between scientists at NOAO and the Department of Computer Science at the U. of Arizona building a scalable, robust, flexible, and public "event broker" system for real-time science with the alert stream to come from LSST and other time-domain survey.

Dr. Adam S. Bolton, Ph.D.

Dr. Bolton recently stepped into the position of the Associate Director for the NOAO System Science and Data Center, the division of NOAO responsible for supporting the scientific community in access to both "OIR System" telescope facilities, including Gemini and Keck time, as well as access to the NOAO Science Archive and related data products and services.  He came to NOAO from a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, where he had been on the faculty since 2009, and served as  SDSS Principal Data Scientist from 2012-2015. He previously held the Beatrice Watson Parrent postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Hawaii (2007-2009) and a CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2005-2007). He received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 2005.