Inference for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics Workshop

BIDS Research Project


May 30, 2019
8:30am to 5:00pm
190 Doe Library
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Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (MMA) is an exciting new field of science that combines traditional astronomy with observations of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos. However, the MMA promise can be realized only if sufficient cyberinfrastructure is available to rapidly handle, combine, and analyze the very large-scale distributed data from all the types of astronomical measurements.  This workshop was held on the UC Berkeley campus on May 30th, 2019, and focused on the algorithmic and computational approaches to inference in the MMA era. Registration has closed for this event.


Links to individual talks/abstracts are also included in the agenda below.

8:30-8:40  Logistics, Introduction, Welcome and Summary from Previous Day -- Josh Bloom, UC Berkeley Astronomy

The Science of MMA -- Moderator, Patrick Brady

Inferencing, Emulators & Interpretability -- Moderator, David Hogg

Frameworks and Approaches to Accelerate Discovery -- Moderator, Daniela Huppenkothen

Hardware Accelerating Inference and Federated Learning -- Moderator, Peter Nugent

Code of Conduct

Scientific Organizing Committee
Joshua Bloom (UC Berkeley)
David Hogg (NYU)
Peter Nugent (LBL)
Eric Jonas (Berkeley)

Local Organizing Committee
Stacey Dorton
Stefan van der Walt

If you have any questions, please contact or Josh Bloom.


Joshua Bloom

Professor, Department of Astronomy

Josh Bloom an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches high-energy astrophysicsPython bootcamps, and a graduate-level class on Python for data-driven science. He has published more than 250 refereed articles, largely on time-domain transients events and telescope/insight automation. Expressed in his research is output of a collaborative effort between talented astronomers, statisticians, and computer scientists (ranging from students to peers) at the nexus of physics, scalable computation, and machine learning.  His book on gamma-ray bursts was published in 2011, as part of the "Frontiers in Physics" series by Princeton University Press. He has been awarded the Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society, and he is a former Sloan Fellow, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society, and Hertz Foundation Fellow. He holds a PhD from Caltech and degrees from Harvard and Cambridge University. Recently, he has working as co-PI of the Moore-Sloan Data Science Initiative at UC Berkeley and an elected member of the management oversight body of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).