Visitors

Current and Past Visitors

Dr Kai Polsterer is a leader in the rapidly growing field of AstroInformatics, which combines Astronomy and Computer Science expertise to tackle the problems posed by astronomical big data from upcoming multi-wavelength surveys. From 2013 he leads the AstroInformatics Junior Research Group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, where he has (between other things) been developing techniques to compute phometric redshifts, classify radio sources and encode time series. He is also a long-standing member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance and has led the software development effort for the Lucifer instrument at the Large Binocular Telescope.
Dr Kai Polsterer
Dr Kai Polsterer is a leader in the rapidly growing field of AstroInformatics, which combines Astronomy and Computer Science expertise to tackle the problems posed by astronomical big data from upcoming multi-wavelength surveys. From 2013 he leads the AstroInformatics Junior Research Group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, where he has (between other things) been developing techniques to compute phometric redshifts, classify radio sources and encode time series. He is also a long-standing member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance and has led the software development effort for the Lucifer instrument at the Large Binocular Telescope.
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies

I am a radio astronomer based at the University of Oxford, UK, and I also hold a visiting SKA professorship at Rhodes University, South Africa. My primary astrophysical research interests are galaxy and AGN evolution across cosmic time. Specifically I am interested in the major contributions that forthcoming large-scale radio continuum and spectral line surveys will make to this field. Consequently I spend large fraction of my time working on methods to reliably and automatically process and analyse the huge amounts of data produced by modern radio telescopes.

My collaboration with IDIA stems from the data processing challenges that must be addressed in order to deliver the MeerKAT Large Survey Projects. I am the co-lead of working groups within the MIGHTEE and LADUMA surveys, a member of the ThunderKAT team, and PI of the (possibly dormant) high-frequency MESMER project.

I received my PhD from the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory in 2005, for which I worked on imaging and modelling the evolving radio emission from classical nova explosions, using the UK’s unique MERLIN telescope. I moved into extragalactic radio astronomy when I undertook a postdoc at the University of Oxford following my PhD, during which time I also worked on simulations as part of the EU-funded SKA Design Studies program and software development for ALMA. In 2013 I moved to CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division in Sydney, Australia, where I mainly worked on commissioning the ASKAP radio telescope. I was head of the astrophysics group during my final year there, before returning to Oxford in June 2017.

Dr Ian Heywood

I am a radio astronomer based at the University of Oxford, UK, and I also hold a visiting SKA professorship at Rhodes University, South Africa. My primary astrophysical research interests are galaxy and AGN evolution across cosmic time. Specifically I am interested in the major contributions that forthcoming large-scale radio continuum and spectral line surveys will make to this field. Consequently I spend large fraction of my time working on methods to reliably and automatically process and analyse the huge amounts of data produced by modern radio telescopes.

My collaboration with IDIA stems from the data processing challenges that must be addressed in order to deliver the MeerKAT Large Survey Projects. I am the co-lead of working groups within the MIGHTEE and LADUMA surveys, a member of the ThunderKAT team, and PI of the (possibly dormant) high-frequency MESMER project.

I received my PhD from the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory in 2005, for which I worked on imaging and modelling the evolving radio emission from classical nova explosions, using the UK’s unique MERLIN telescope. I moved into extragalactic radio astronomy when I undertook a postdoc at the University of Oxford following my PhD, during which time I also worked on simulations as part of the EU-funded SKA Design Studies program and software development for ALMA. In 2013 I moved to CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division in Sydney, Australia, where I mainly worked on commissioning the ASKAP radio telescope. I was head of the astrophysics group during my final year there, before returning to Oxford in June 2017.

Oxford University

Michael Biehl is Associate Professor with Tenure in the Intelligent Systems Group at the  Johann Bernoulli  Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 
He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Gießen,  Germany, in 1992, and completed the habilitation in Theoretical Physics in 1996 at the University of  Würzburg, Germany. Currently, his main research interests are centered on the theory and modelling of machine learning processes and the development of efficient algorithms for intelligent data analysis. In this context, interdisciplinary  applications, for instance in bio-medical research and astronomy, play a key role. Earlier research activities concerned the statistical physics and Monte Carlo simulation of non-equilibrium systems and growing surfaces. Further information, pre- and reprints etc. are  available at http://www.cs.rug.nl/~biehl 

Prof. Michael Biehl

Michael Biehl is Associate Professor with Tenure in the Intelligent Systems Group at the  Johann Bernoulli  Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 
He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Gießen,  Germany, in 1992, and completed the habilitation in Theoretical Physics in 1996 at the University of  Würzburg, Germany. Currently, his main research interests are centered on the theory and modelling of machine learning processes and the development of efficient algorithms for intelligent data analysis. In this context, interdisciplinary  applications, for instance in bio-medical research and astronomy, play a key role. Earlier research activities concerned the statistical physics and Monte Carlo simulation of non-equilibrium systems and growing surfaces. Further information, pre- and reprints etc. are  available at http://www.cs.rug.nl/~biehl 

University of Groningen

Jordan is a postdoctoral research fellow seconded to CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science from Western Sydney University, where he is part of the ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science (ACES) team. Jordan’s day to day work involves ASKAP operations for the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU), data processing, and science validation. His research interests include large and deep radio surveys, young radio galaxies and their peaked radio spectra, and Infrared-Faint Radio Sources, which are thought to be a significantly numerous population of distant radio galaxies.

Dr. Jordan Collier

Jordan is a postdoctoral research fellow seconded to CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science from Western Sydney University, where he is part of the ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science (ACES) team. Jordan’s day to day work involves ASKAP operations for the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU), data processing, and science validation. His research interests include large and deep radio surveys, young radio galaxies and their peaked radio spectra, and Infrared-Faint Radio Sources, which are thought to be a significantly numerous population of distant radio galaxies.

Western Sydney University

I am currently working as Associate Professor at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune. My main interests are studying active galaxies at low radio frequencies in general. I am also interested in imaging of deep fields at low radio frequencies to search for high redshift radio galaxies. 

Prof. Ishwara-Chandra

I am currently working as Associate Professor at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune. My main interests are studying active galaxies at low radio frequencies in general. I am also interested in imaging of deep fields at low radio frequencies to search for high redshift radio galaxies. 

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics

Mark SubbaRao was born in Charlotte North Carolina in 1968. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. The John Hopkins University in astrophysics. His Ph.D. thesis concerned the characterization and evolution of the luminosity function of galaxies.
He next worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make the largest 3D map of the universe. He was a developer of the survey's spectroscopic pipeline which measured classified and measured their distances to one million deep sky objects. Asteroid 170009 Subbarao is named after him in recognition of his work on the survey.
Mark is an author on more than 100 scientific publications. In 2003 he joined the staff of the Adler Planetarium, currently directing their Space Visualization Laboratory. He has led the development of major exhibition galleries such as The Universe: A Walk Through Time and Space. He has also produced, written and directed a number of HD, stereoscopic videos as well as fulldome planetarium shows. These include the feature planetarium shows Welcome to the Universe and Cosmic Wonder. His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television. He was part of a team that created a first prize winning visualization in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. He was also on a team that was awarded the best visualization at XCEDE 2013. Dr. SubbaRao chairs the International Planetarium Society's Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, and is a member of the Data Visualization Advisory Committee of the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago. He is also the Adler Planetarium's institutional representative on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project.

Dr Mark Subbarao

Mark SubbaRao was born in Charlotte North Carolina in 1968. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. The John Hopkins University in astrophysics. His Ph.D. thesis concerned the characterization and evolution of the luminosity function of galaxies.
He next worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make the largest 3D map of the universe. He was a developer of the survey's spectroscopic pipeline which measured classified and measured their distances to one million deep sky objects. Asteroid 170009 Subbarao is named after him in recognition of his work on the survey.
Mark is an author on more than 100 scientific publications. In 2003 he joined the staff of the Adler Planetarium, currently directing their Space Visualization Laboratory. He has led the development of major exhibition galleries such as The Universe: A Walk Through Time and Space. He has also produced, written and directed a number of HD, stereoscopic videos as well as fulldome planetarium shows. These include the feature planetarium shows Welcome to the Universe and Cosmic Wonder. His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television. He was part of a team that created a first prize winning visualization in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. He was also on a team that was awarded the best visualization at XCEDE 2013. Dr. SubbaRao chairs the International Planetarium Society's Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, and is a member of the Data Visualization Advisory Committee of the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago. He is also the Adler Planetarium's institutional representative on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project.

Adler Planetarium

Jeroen is involved in the Cosmic Magnetism key science development for the SKA and is a core member of the teams for several large polarization surveys, including POSSUM on ASKAP. MIGHTEE on MeerKAT, GALFACTS with Arecibo and several projects with the JVLA.  He is an expert in Faraday synthesis and the use of polarization radiation as an astrophysical probe.

Dr. Jeroen Stil

Jeroen is involved in the Cosmic Magnetism key science development for the SKA and is a core member of the teams for several large polarization surveys, including POSSUM on ASKAP. MIGHTEE on MeerKAT, GALFACTS with Arecibo and several projects with the JVLA.  He is an expert in Faraday synthesis and the use of polarization radiation as an astrophysical probe.

University of Calgary
Ray Norris

Prof. Norris is a world-leading radio astronomer and the principal investigator of the EMU project, which is the large SKA pathfinding continuum survey with the Australia SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).

He also has a strong interest in aboriginal astronomy and has undertaken research in both Australian aboriginal astronomy and ancient sites in Europe.

This compliments some of the work into indigenous and cultural astronomy in Africa as was displayed at the recent ‘Shared Skies’ exhibition at the South African National Gallery (Iziko Museums) in Cape Town.

Prof. Ray Norris

Prof. Norris is a world-leading radio astronomer and the principal investigator of the EMU project, which is the large SKA pathfinding continuum survey with the Australia SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).

He also has a strong interest in aboriginal astronomy and has undertaken research in both Australian aboriginal astronomy and ancient sites in Europe.

This compliments some of the work into indigenous and cultural astronomy in Africa as was displayed at the recent ‘Shared Skies’ exhibition at the South African National Gallery (Iziko Museums) in Cape Town.

Western Sydney University

VISITORS INSTRUCTIONS

If you would like to meet with researchers at our head office, please contact us on (+27) 21 650 5273 so we may make the necessary preparations.

To further assist your journey, here are directions from Cape Town International Airport to the IDIA Head Office:

Proceed on the N2 (Settler's Way). Take exit 6 for the M3 (Rhodes Drive) toward Muizenberg. Take exit 7 for the M89 (Woolsack Drive) toward UCT and continue as the road curves. Proceed straight onto Rugby Road. Slight right to stay on Rugby Road. Turn right onto Residence Road. The R W James Building will be on the left.

While in Cape Town, you may want to visit a few points of interest such as the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and the Cape of Good Hope.

Additionally, if you would like to visit our partner universities, please see information below.

 

X