Astrosonics 2

Sonification applied to big data, in a large citizen science event

Today, large optical array surveys typically involve more than one telescope, in operation, across the world. These arrays capture volumes of data much too great to be examined by people using conventional visual techniques. Sonification can assist the process for examining data in ways that enhance the efficiency of visual analysis, speed up the analytical process and enable the detection of transient signals that can be missed when only visual inspection is employed.

Working closely with colleagues at the department of Astronomy, Swinburne University, the studio examined how sound could be used as a means for addressing some of these challenges. Utilising raw optical data, the studio developed SoFIA (Sonification of Fast Image Analysis) – a software-based tool which enables the rapid identification of stars and galaxies using physical modelling techniques.

In part two of Astrosonics, students had the opportunity to work alongside astronomers, taking part in a citizen science event where, for a limited time, access was granted to the data streaming from a number of radio telescopes situated around the globe.

This studio was partnered with Swinburne University.

Lecturer: Jeff Hannam
Semester 2, 2018