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The recently completed upgrade to the Iziko Planetarium includes 6, Sony 4K laser projectors providing an 8K fulldome (64 MP) projection system powered by 12 NVidia P6000 GPUs. Fulldome 360° environments allow large audiences to experience multi-sensory, immersive experiences, without the need for VR headsets. Shared immersive environments are natural, comfortable, and provide a creative platform for innovation. This event, in association with Astroinformatics 2017, .Astronomy 9, IAU Southern...
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The IDIA Management Core (Russ, Rob and Michelle) attended the "Earth Observations in the African Research Cloud" Workshop, co-hosted by SANSA and AfriGEOSS, in Pretoria on 19 May 2017. The aim of the workshop was to look at infrastructure and applications towards incorporating the Earth Observation Community into the African Research Cloud.
Our Visualization Workshop was recently held (21 October 2016) at the River Club in Observatory. The workshop focussed on visualization with the aim to share current knowledge, expertise and work being done in this area, to articulate use-cases for data intensive projects in astronomy, with particular emphasis on MeerKAT and SKA pathfinder projects, and to define collaborative project concepts for visualization. Researchers from IDIA member institutions and their collaborators presented talks...
The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy recently held its inaugural Data Science Workshop in the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape on 12-13 April 2016. The workshop brought together the IDIA partner institutions (University of Pretoria, North West University, University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town), astronomical and computing institutions (SAAO, SKA-SA and the CHPC) and partners from industry (IBM, SAC, SAP, SAS and Tracker...
Many galaxies host supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at their centres, which are often characterized by bright jets of ionised material being accelerated along powerful jets. Researchers at UCT and UWC have discovered that the jets emanating from galaxies in a specific area of the universe are aligned - possibly due to mass fluctuations that were produced in the primordial universe. These jets are often much larger in extent than the host galaxy itself - which are studied in detail by radio...
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Researchers from SAP and IDIA held a two-day workshop at the SAP offices in Century City. The workshop included astronomy-related talks from IDIA researchers, and technology related presentations from SAP researchers. In addition to the South African participants, several SAP researchers attended the meeting virtually from their Idea Lab in Heidelberg, Germany. The first-day focused on presentations and discussions related to information gathering. IDIA researchers presented talks that outlined...
The University of Pretoria (UP) joins the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and the North-West University in the collaborative agreement to form IDIA. Professor Stephanie Burton, the Vice-Principle of the University of Pretoria, signed the agreement on 4 February 2016, which pledges the necessary financial contribution, and which enables UP researchers to collaborate and lead projects under the IDIA umbrella. Scientists at UP bring specialised expertise into IDIA -...

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