Pucon Symposium 2017 added new disciplines to discussion on Big Data

Pucon Symposium 2017 added new disciplines to discussion on Big Data

The sensing, transmission, processing, analysis, storage and archiving of large volumes of data produced by scientists in Chile will require a robust set of interdisciplinary skills which can have a positive impact beyond the science. The fifth version of the CMM Pucón Symposium (this year, hosted in Puerto Varas city) offered a unique opportunity to address and discuss many of the relevant scientific, technical and infrastructure issues behind the emerging era of Big Data and Data Science.

The meeting organized by Universidad de Chile Center for Mathematical Modeling brought together people from various engineering, technical and scientific disciplines from different R&D organizations. In addition to Astronomy and Biomedicine, topics on Biology were added to the discussion this year.

“This meeting is important because it gathers most of the research community interested in astroinformatics in Chile, as well as key international players in the field, in preparation for major changes to be experienced by astronomy in the next decade, “ explained CMM scientist and Millennium Institute of Astrophysics researcher Francisco Förster.

The relevance of the symposium was even recognized by institutions such as Corfo, which brought to Chile a selected group of world renowned astronomers to think about the opportunities that astronomy offers for kick starting the development of data science and related areas in Chile.

“I would highlight that after being an early starter in the area, Chile is becoming a leader in developing an interdisciplinary community of researchers interested in astronomy,” explained Förster. “The interest in developing new methods and tools that mix Astronomy and data science can be clearly seen in topics such as signal processing, machine learning, use of specialized hardware for data processing, high performance computing or astronomical projects which are preparing for the challenges of the next decade in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. Astroinformatics is changing in Chile from being a statement of interest to be a lively and growing branch of astronomy and data science.”

Attendees gave the meeting a good note, too. Like Conicyt director Mario Hamuy, who wrote on his Twitter account: “Excellent Astroinformatics symposium”.

National Laboratory for High Performance Computing, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Conicyt, Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, AURA/LSST, ALMA, BNI, and Corfo also sponsored the activity.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in Frontpage, News