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

Welcome to the La Serena School for Data Science

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 will be an intensive 10-day program 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. In addition, working with data from other disciplines, such as bioinformatics, is also introduced.  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. 
 

  •  Students eligible for scholarships include advanced undergraduates and early graduate students in any US or Chilean institutions, Ecuadorian (CEDIA members) and Latin American institutions.
  •  Please, read the information about the school and registration process.

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.  However, the 2021 version will be hosted fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from different disciplines are encouraged to participate, including (but not limited to) astronomy, physics, computer science, statistics, mathematics, biology medical informatics. There is a registration fee for participants. For previous in-person schools, the fee covered room and board (except dinners) and travel to the school. Even though there are costs associated to the execution of the online school, full scholarships that cover the whole school cost will be available for most participants from the U.S. and Chile thanks to the support of the U.S. NSF and our partners in Chile. Thanks to the support from CEDIA, full scholarships will be available to students in Ecuadorian universities members of CEDIA. In addition, thanks to the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM/UChile), full scholarships will be available to students in Latin American universities. See the annual program page for more information.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 LSSDS is closed. For more information, please check the Registration page.

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