ANITA Google Hangout: What is gravitational wave astronomy?

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

Next Wednesday 20th August at 1pm (AEST) ANITA will hold its next online lecture:

What is gravitational wave astronomy, and what can it do for me?
Dr. Paul Lasky, University of Melbourne.

All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

For more details (including lecture notes and slides closer to the day) click here.

Thanks, and see you there!
Darren Croton & Chris Power

ANITA Google Hangout: A New Window on Inflation: Cosmological Perturbations and Gravitational Waves

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

Next Wednesday 11th June at 1pm (AEST) ANITA will hold its next online lecture: “A New Window on Inflation: Cosmological Perturbations and Gravitational Waves”, by David Parkinson from the University of Queensland.

This lecture will be of particular interest to those who wish to better understand the recent BICEP2 results.

All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

More details (including lecture notes and slides) are available at: http://anita.edu.au/lectures/

Thanks, and see you there!
Darren Croton & Chris Power

ANITA Google Hangout: An astronomers introduction to databases and SQL

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

Next Monday 28th April at 2pm (AEST) ANITA will hold its next online lecture: “An Astronomers Introduction To Databases And SQL”, by Paul Hancock from Curtin University.

All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

More details (including lecture notes and slides) are available at: http://anita.edu.au/lectures/

Thanks, and see you there!
Darren Croton & Chris Power

ANITA Google Hangout March Lecture: “Density Estimation and Clustering”

Dear ANITA members.

We’d like to announce the next in our ongoing Google Hangouts on Air lecture series.

Speaker: Sanjib Sharma, University of Sydney
Title: “Density Estimation and Clustering”
Date: Wednesday 12th March 1pm (AEST)
Where: The internets

Abstract: Estimating density of a given set of points and identifying clusters are two important techniques to reveal hidden information in data. With recent advances in technology, today we have data which is both large (number of objects per data set) and rich (amount of information in each object). This poses a unique challenge for data mining. In multi dimensional spaces, not all the algorithms work equally well. Also, not all algorithms are computationally efficient for analyzing large amounts of data. In this lecture, I will discuss various algorithms and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. I will then concentrate on a few algorithms that work well in multi dimensional spaces and are also fast and efficient to be applied on large data sets. I will also show a few applications of these algorithms to astronomy.

The lecture will be broadcast over Google’s Hangouts on Air. Lecture slides and links will be available closer to the day at http://anita.edu.au/lectures/density-estimation-and-clustering-sanjib-sharma/.

Looking forward to “seeing” you there!
Darren Croton & Chris Power

ANITA Google Hangout – Computational Bayes – Wednesday 1pm (AEDT) 16th October 2013

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

Wednesday 16th October 2013 at 1pm (ADST) ANITA will hold its next online lecture, the third in a series of four from Aaron Robotham.

All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

More details (including lecture notes and slides) are available at: http://anita.edu.au/lectures/

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Title: Computational Bayes
Speaker: Aaron Robotham (aaron.robotham@uwa.edu.au)

Abstract: Having established the basic concepts of a Bayesian approach to data analysis, in this lecture we will go further and apply it to more complicated problems that require the use of computers. This will lecture will cover Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and more specifically Metropolis Hastings sampling. We will be making use of R in this lecture, and at this stage a basic degree of familiarity is assumed. To get back up to speed the keen student may want to read back through the notes from the “Introduction to R” lecture (also on ANITA).
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ANITA Google Hangout Lecture 3 – Wednesday 1pm (AEDT) 9th October 2013

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

This coming Wednesday at 1pm (AEDT) ANITA will hold its next online lecture. All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

More details (including lecture notes and slides) are available at: http://anita.edu.au/lectures/

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Title: Bayes Theory
Speaker: Aaron Robotham (aaron.robotham AT uwa.edu.au)

Abstract: For those who don’t know, R is a very powerful statistical programming language. This lecture will be the second in a series of four, which together will build a full Bayesian framework with applications to astronomy using R. In this lecture we investigate the basic foundations of Bayes Theory, with emphasis on worked practical examples. The lecture concludes with two famous statistical problems, which the attentive student should be able to tackle with their new Bayesian toolkit.
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ANITA Google Hangout Lecture 2 – Friday 3pm (AEST) 23th August 2013

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

I’d like to announce the second in our ongoing Google Hangouts on Air lecture series.

  • Speaker: Aaron Robotham, ICRAR
  • Title: “An Introduction to R, AKA: The Basics”
  • Date: Friday 23th August 3pm (AEST)
  • Where: The internets

For those who don’t know, R is a very powerful statistical programming language. This lecture will be the first in a series of four, the latter going on to explore “Bayes Theory”, “Computational Bayes”, and “Applied Bayesian Astronomy”. This first lecture will not only be very useful in its own right, but set the groundwork for those upcoming.

As always, the Hangout will be recorded. More information and links can be found at http://anita.edu.au/lectures/.

Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

Darren Croton