AAS Working Group in Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics

WGAA 2016 reportThis brief report lists the members of the Steering Committee and the WGAA activities over the past year.AAS Working Group membersAstroinformatics and Astrostatistics in Astronomical Research: Steps Towards Better CurriculaAt the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, January 2015, the Working Group organized a session to discuss educational and professional implications of the rise of computational and statistical needs in the astronomical community. Notes from the session follow below, written by WGAA Chair Aneta Siemiginowska.AAS Working Group on Time Domain AstronomyThe WGTDA is charged with encouraging and promoting activities and cooperation in areas that relate to time-domain astronomy. Those include the scientific application of time-domain data and its integration with other information, such as observations in different wavelength domains, in order to enhance effective astrophysical research. It organizes and sponsors meetings, workshops and conference sessions on TDA and associated topics.Relevance of astrostatistics and astroinformatics to educationAstrostatistics is the science of drawing well­grounded inferences from astronomical data, and astroinformatics involves code, data and machine learning. Scientists have to be aware of appropriate analysis techniques and methods that exist and should be employed to deliver the best inferences. Such awareness can only be achieved with adequate training in the area of Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics. The current curriculum does not take training in this field seriously. WGAA organized a Session on Steps Towards Better Curricula at the 225th AAS meeting in Seattle as reviewed in this White Paper.WGAA 2017 report