IDIA partners with the SARAO Big Data Africa school.

The week of 10 – 17 September 2018 sees the 2nd Big Data Africa school take place near Cape Town. Organised by SARAO as part of the Newton Fund‘s DARA Big Data project, the school brings 27 students from 8 African countries together with lecturers, local and international, to take part in an intense, hands-in academic school where they get first … Read More

MeerKAT Science book published

The proceedings of a scientific workshop focusing on the science to be carried out with the MeerKAT telescope have been published into a book. The opus, entitled,”MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA” is available through IDIA. In 2016, the Principal Investigators of the MeerKAT Large Survey Projects who have been awarded the lion’s share of the telescope’s first … Read More

IDIA Associate Director Carolina Ödman wins prestigious Special International Astronomical Union Award for astronomy outreach, development and education

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) last week awarded Associate Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), Associate Professor Carolina Ödman, a special prize for her pioneering work in astronomy outreach, development and education. This award was given as part of the IAU XXX (30th) General Assembly, which took place in VIenna, Austria in the last two weeks of … Read More

IDIA launches Research Cloud

On July 23 2018, we invited members of the media and of the astronomy community to an event at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome to celebrate the IDIA Research Cloud. The event consisted of an introduction, a show and a panel discussion followed by refreshments. The show itself featured previously unseen and unpublished astronomical images from the MIGHTEE experiment on MeerKAT and from the MeerLICHT telescope, overlaid … Read More

HIPPO Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Radio Continuum Surveys Postdoctoral fellowship

The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for IDIA postdoctoral fellowships. IDIA is a partnership of three South African universities working on data intensive research associated with MeerKAT large survey projects, as well as large projects on other SKA pathfinder telescopes. We hereby seek applications for the following post: HIPPO Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion … Read More

Artificial Intelligence for Data-Driven Astronomy Workshop

Late June 2018 in Pretoria saw the gathering of a group of thought leaders in two highly specialized and important fields in science; Astronomy and Computational Intelligence. These two seemingly separate fields cross paths frequently, as astronomers need statistical and computational expertise to maximise the knowledge they gain from their observations, and computational intelligence researchers come up with new ways … Read More

Prof. Deane recognised at UP

The University of Pretoria (UP) held its annual Academic Achievers Awards on 10 May 2018 to celebrate the outstanding performance of its academic staff, pay tribute to their commitment and hard work, and to recognise the important contributions they make to its academic mission. Prof. Roger Deane from IDIA was also recognised as ‘Y’-rated researcher. More information on the UP … Read More