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IDIA Associate Director Carolina Ödman wins prestigious Special International Astronomical Union Award for astronomy outreach, development and education

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) last week awarded Associate Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), Associate Professor Carolina Ödman, a special prize for her pioneering work in astronomy outreach, development and education. This award was given as part of the IAU XXX (30th) General Assembly, which took place in VIenna, Austria in …

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Cape Town to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

South Africa has won the bid to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).  It will be the first time this assembly is held on African soil in what will be the 105th year of existence of this prestigious global association of professional astronomers. The decision was announced by the newly …

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IDIA launches Research Cloud

On July 23 2018, we invited members of the media and of the astronomy community to an event at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome to celebrate the IDIA Research Cloud. The event consisted of an introduction, a show and a panel discussion followed by refreshments. The show itself featured previously unseen and unpublished astronomical images from …

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HIPPO Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Radio Continuum Surveys Postdoctoral fellowship

The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for IDIA postdoctoral fellowships. IDIA is a partnership of three South African universities working on data intensive research associated with MeerKAT large survey projects, as well as large projects on other SKA pathfinder telescopes. We hereby seek applications for the following …

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Artificial Intelligence for Data-Driven Astronomy Workshop

Late June 2018 in Pretoria saw the gathering of a group of thought leaders in two highly specialized and important fields in science; Astronomy and Computational Intelligence. These two seemingly separate fields cross paths frequently, as astronomers need statistical and computational expertise to maximise the knowledge they gain from their observations, and computational intelligence researchers …

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Prof. Deane recognised at UP

The University of Pretoria (UP) held its annual Academic Achievers Awards on 10 May 2018 to celebrate the outstanding performance of its academic staff, pay tribute to their commitment and hard work, and to recognise the important contributions they make to its academic mission. Prof. Roger Deane from IDIA was also recognised as ‘Y’-rated researcher. …

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