Next generation radio astronomy facilities, such as the Square Kilometre Array, and current SKA pathfinder and precursor telescopes, will embark on large key science projects that will create very large data sets. The new data sets will be unprecedented in size and complexity. Moreover the scientific analysis will require joint analysis with multi-wavelength data and comparative analysis with simulations. Next generation visualization technologies and visual analytics tools will be an essential part of letting the data speak for itself.
The IDIA postdoctoral fellow will be part of the new IDIA Visualization Laboratory and will join a team of researchers, developers and students working on visualization systems designed to meet the needs of the MeerKAT large survey projects and large programmes with other SKA pathfinders. The IDIA visualization laboratory houses facilities for large format display, immersive visualization, and exploration of data through virtual reality projection. In addition, IDIA works with the Iziko Digital Dome on the development of modalities for astronomical visualization with planetarium domes. IDIA is also a partner with the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics on the CARTAvis (Cube Rendering and Analysis Tool for Astronomy) project.
The IDIA fellow is expected to engage in the development of visualization tools, in publishing papers about this work, and may help with the supervision of graduate students using and developing visualization solutions.
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