La Serena School for Data Science 2021: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences

La Serena School for Data Science 2021: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences

The 2021 School will be held August 3-12, 2021
Applications open Jan 12 and are due by Apr 2 Apr 18, 2021
Eligible students include advanced undergraduates and early graduate students

For more details, please check this link.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 school will be Online. The school will combine synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Initially, we expect the synchronous sessions to comprise ~3 hours per day.


The volume and complexity of astronomical data continues to grow as the current generation of surveys come online (PanSTARRS, Dark Energy Survey, VISTA). Astronomers will need to work with giga, tera and even petabytes of data in real time (LSST). This poses the challenges of developing and using new tools for data discovery, access, and analysis. At the same time, there are new opportunities for interdisciplinary research in applied mathematics, statistics, machine learning, crowd-sourcing, etc. Astronomy provides a sand-box where scientists can come together from diverse fields to address common challenges within the “Big Data” paradigm.

The LA SERENA SCHOOL FOR DATA SCIENCE: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences is an intensive week of interdisciplinary lectures focused on applied tools for handling big astronomical data. Participants will be instructed in how astronomical data are processed, accessed and analyzed, including reduction pipelines, databases, and scientific programming.  The School will be taught by an international and interdisciplinary group of professors who will use real data and examples.  Participants will work on team-based projects and be provided training and access to the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing located at the University of Chile’s Center for Mathematical Modeling.

Lecture topics include:
– Image analysis
– Databases
– Statistical tools applied to large data sets
– Machine Learning
– High Performance Computing
– Cloud Computing

The Schools take place annually in August on the AURA Observatory campus in La Serena, Chile.  Students from different disciplines are encouraged to participate, including (but not limited to) astronomy, computer science, statistics, and mathematics.

Registration Fees and Scholarships

Even though there are costs associated to the execution of the online school, thanks to funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM/UChile), REUNA and ANID in Chile, most students selected from U.S. and Chilean institutions will receive full scholarships that cover all the school cost. In addition, thanks to funding from CEDIA, students from Ecuadorian universities members of CEDIA are eligible for full scholarships too. Additionally, the CMM has made possible to offer scholarships to students in Latin American institutions. The scholarship application is part of the registration form, so students should be sure to identify their residency and/or citizenship and fill out the appropriate scholarship information on the registration form. Selected students non-eligible for scholarships will be required to cover their registration costs through their own funding sources.

Please, submit your application by filling up and submitting the online registration form.

Date: Aug 02, 2021
Date of closure: Aug 13, 2021
Venue: AURA Campus, La Serena, Chile
More info at:
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Posted on Jan 3, 2021 in Events, Frontpage, Schools