We’re all in the physics department, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Astronomy, along with a majority of scientific fields, is currently undergoing a revolution due to computing advances. As we enter this new era of ‘big data’ we face extraordinary challenges in using the vast amounts of information intelligently. My research interests involve building software for the analysis of images and catalogues from current and upcoming telescopes. In particular I am interested in measuring various aspects of galaxies and the problem of ‘deblending’ where two or more galaxies overlap on the sky. I also work on building a multi-wavelength databases over large areas of sky and combining inhomogeneous data in general.
I am now working at Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Tenerife, Spain. I was previously a Daphne Jackson research fellow at the Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex working on morphology and photometry of resolved galaxy images.