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News archive of the IEEE Astrominer TF

Astrominer special session at CIDM 2016

Astrominer TF is hosting a special session at IEEE CIDM 2016 Symposium, Athens, Greece, Dec 6-9. Papers due Aug 15.

More details of the special session and the official Call for papers can be found here


Astrominer members organizing and participating at the IAU Symposium 325 on Astroinformatics

The IAU Symposium 325 on Astroinformatics, Sorrento, October 20th, 2016 counted with the participation of TF members: Massimo Breccia (LOC), George Djorgovski (conference co-chair), Pablo Estevez (SOC), Francisco Forster, Matthew Graham, Pablo Huijse, Giussepe Longo (conference co-chair), Erzsebet Merenyi (SOC), Fionn Murtagh (SOC), Kai Polsterer, Pavlos Protopapas, Alex Szalay (SOC) and Ricardo Vilalta (SOC), who gave invited talks and served on panels. Presentation slides can be found at

Astrominer members organizing and participating at the Hot Wiring the Transient Universe 5 meeting

Astrominer TF members Matthew Graham and Umaa Rebbapragada worked on the organization of the "Hot Wiring the Transient Universe 5" meeting held at the Villanova University Conference Center, Philadelphia, USA (October 10-14, 2016). Presentations in pdf format can be found at

WSOM 2016

Our TF member Pablo Estevez was one of the three invited plenary speakers, on the topic of SOM's role in mining complex astronomical data, at the bi-annual international conference "11th Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps", Rice University, Houston, Jan 6-8, 2016. 

Astrominer TF members participating at the Astroinformatics 2015 conference

Astrominer TF members Matthew Graham and Kai Polsterer, participated and gave talks at the 6th International conference on Astroinformatics held at Dubrovnik, Croatia during the 5-9th of October, 2015. The conference program can be found at:

September 7th, 2015. Astrominer TF website ported!

The astrominer TF website has moved to the organizations section at ASAIP. The original website can be found at


Pablo Huijse

Astrominer members organizing and participating at the Hot wiring the Transient Universe 4 Workshop

Astrominer TF members Matthew Graham, Brian Bue, Umaa Rebbapragada and Francisco Forster, participated and presented at the "Hot wiring the Transient Universe 4 Workshop" held at Santa Barbara, CA during the 12-15th of May, 2015. Their presentations can be found at: Matthew Graham was also part of the organizing comittee of the workshop.

May 26, 2015. Welcome new members

The astrominer TF welcomes its new members:

  • Prof. Tamás Budavári, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, John Hopkins University
  • Dr. Francisco Forster, Center for Mathematical Modelling, Universidad de Chile and Millenium Institute of Astrophysics
  • Prof. Chris Mattmann, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Umaa Rebbapragada, JPL MLS, Caltech
  • Prof. Alex Szalay, Department of Physics and Astronomy, John Hopkins University


NOAO Workshop on Tools for Astronomical Big Data

Several of our TF members attended and gave talks at the NOAO workshop on Tools for Astronomical Big Data, during March 9-11 in Tucson AZ. The meeting was attended by more than 120 astronomers, computer scientists, data analysts, and other similar collaborative disciplines. Talks by our members (in alphabetical order):

  • Brian Bue, "Leveraging Annotated Archival Data with Domain Adaptation to Improve Data Triage in Optical Astronomy" (contributed talk)
  • Francisco Forster, "The High Cadence Transient Survey - HiTS" (invited talk at the DECam Community Science Workshop)
  • Matthew Graham, "Characterizing the variable sky with CRTS" (contributed talk)
  • Pablo Huijse, "Mining periodic variable stars using Information Theory and GPGPU" (poster presentation)
  • Erzsébet Merényi, "Knowledge discovery from the Hyperspectral sky" (invited talk).

All presentations, along with the conference program are available for download at the workshop's website. (You could also link the "available for download at the workshop'd web site" to the download URL.)

Center for Data-Driven Research at Caltech

The center for data-driven discovery (CD(cube)) at Caltech is a multidisciplinary effort focusing on the methodologies for handling and analysis of large and complex data sets, facilitating the data-to-discovery process. TF member George Djorgovski is the director of the CD(cube). TF member Matthew Graham is a research scientist at the CD(cube). The center has been operating since fall 2014. Check their website and read George's interview about the center here: