idw: The Data Revolution in the Night Sky

From idw, which is mostly in German but the article was in English: The Data Revolution in the Night Sky. “Astroinformatics is a young discipline that owes its rise to computers: Digital hardware and software have revolutionized astronomy in the last twenty years. Thanks to new detectors and innovative telescopes, astronomers can now observe objects of unprecedented size and at high resolution. ‘With these new technologies, the volume of data is increasing exponentially, but the number of astronomers analyzing the data is not,’ says Dr. Kai Polsterer, leader of the Astroinformatics research group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). ‘Methods from computer science can help us here.’ Five years ago, Polsterer came to Heidelberg when HITS established the first group in this new research field in Europe. Since then, the physicist and computer scientist and his team developed machine learning methods and tools to enable astronomers to work exploratively – change the searching in researching.”

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