Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science & Physics
I specialize in using large surveys like SDSS, Gaia, and WISE to study the formation and evolution of the Galaxy. I’m excited about the future of surveys with WFIRST and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory.
Primarily I use cool, red stars to study two regimes in the Milky Way. When measuring the Galactic structure near the Sun, I use cool, red dwarfs, the most common type of star. To study the distant Milky Way halo, I use the rarer but much brighter red giants. I’m also interested in using machine learning algorithms on large sets of astronomical data.