AI in Astrophysics

The technology powering our understanding of the universe

Upcoming workshops
Introductory
15-19
3.5 hours
Online

Finding the answers to life, the universe and everything

There’s no field of study so infinite or inspiring as the universe. Which means the challenge for astrophysics is immense: to answer the most fundamental questions about our world’s creation, evolution and workings, to understand the stars and look for signs of life beyond our own planet.

With ever larger telescopes surveying deeper into space, scientists are facing an explosion in the quantity and complexity of the data captured. Telescopes are soon to be launched with the ability to observe galaxies formed just after the big bang, and with cameras 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Artificial Intelligence offers the capabilities to make sense of this fast-accumulating data. By enabling scientists to rapidly sift and analyse vast collections of images it can help identify objects worth closer study – supernovae, pulsars and quasars – and allow us to classify stars, label galaxies and evaluate redshifts. And surely the most exciting applications and discoveries still lie ahead.

Our workshop provides a fascinating insight into current and future applications of AI in astrophysics and the potential for using your maths and science skills in this compelling field.

How this workshop could benefit you

Elite Instruction

Get an expert, insider guide to the brave new world of AI in astrophysics

Scientific Insights

Discover the trends shaping the future of astrophysics, from deep learning to neural networks

Expert Guidance

Learn how machine learning algorithms can be applied across a diverse range of disciplines

Practical Learning

Benefit from hands-on tasks and real-life space science scenarios

Insider Advice

Gain first-hand insight into an exciting range of careers in AI and astrophysics

Executive Career Coaching

Pick up career tips and advice from AI experts

Valuable Contacts

Build a network of current and future science professionals

Get Ahead of the Curve

Give your university applications and career pathway a competitive edge

Joe Sims

Delivered by guest expert

Joe Sims, Astrophysics Masters Graduate, AI PhD student, Leeds University

Joe has a first-class degree in Astrophysics from the University of Liverpool, scoring the highest degree result in his year. He has worked at the Astrophysics Research Institute and is currently studying for a PhD at the Centre for Doctoral Training for AI in Cancer Diagnosis and Care at the University of Leeds. Joe is passionate about the potential of AI and Astrophysics, and co-hosts a blog to explain deep learning methods in a fun and understandable way for people with no coding knowledge.

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What to expect?

Explore the world of AI in Astrophysics

Hosted by an astrophysics expert, our workshop offers a beginner’s guide to astrophysics and the advances heralded by AI. Discover more about current and forthcoming big telescopes and examine how scientists are grappling with an exponential accumulation of data.

Take a closer look at the concepts of deep learning and neural networks and their use in solving key problems in space science, plus explore future applications of AI in astrophysics and other fields.

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Practical, hands-on learning

The workshop gives you first-hand experience of using a neural network to classify stars, using their magnitude, temperature, radius and colour to identify them as types of dwarfs, main sequence stars, supergiants and hypergiants.

You’ll then create your own deep learning auto-encoder to clean up noisy images of galaxies to reveal a clearer view of their make-up. Develop a deeper understanding of the different types of data found in astronomy and how AI can be used to make breakthroughs in astrophysics.

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Exclusive access to astrophysics professionals

Our guest experts will share their experience of using AI to undertake cutting-edge research in astrophysics and discuss the scope of its future potential. They’ll answer your questions and offer valuable insights to help you progress in your chosen area of study or career path.

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Workshop timetable

13.30

Welcome

Meet your instructor and get a brief overview of the day’s activities.

13.40

AI and Astrophysics today

Get an overview of the current AI environment and its potential for ground-breaking advances in astrophysics as a new generation of giant telescopes create vast quantities of data for analysis.

14.00

Astrophysics Overview

Take a closer look at astrophysics, current areas of work and research and key concepts such as dark matter and it’s meaning for the universe.

14.30

Introduction to Deep Learning

Explore the concept of deep learning to discover how neural networks learn from raw input values to classify stars and galaxy types, and examine some of its current applications across astrophysics.

15.00

Develop hands-on skills

Get practical experience using a neural network to classify stars using magnitude, temperature, radius and colour.

16.00

Panel Q&A

Ask our experts – get the answers and advice you need to get ahead.

The timetable is just an example and the exact timings and content may be a little different on the day.

Requirements

A PC or Mac (laptop or desktop)

Zoom to access the workshop

A stable internet connection

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Upcoming workshops

Date

Sat, 2 October 2021

Time

13:30 - 17:00

Price

£75

Frequently asked questions

What is Skills Gap?

We are a careers accelerator, running short tech workshops and courses for 15-19 year-olds. Taught by passionate industry experts, our programmes give you the insight and practical tech skills required by companies in finance, science, engineering and many other sectors.

Who is the AI in Astrophysics workshop for?

The workshop is specifically designed for students aged 15 to 19 who have an interest in astrophysics or AI, and who want an insight into the skills needed for academic study in the area, roles in the industry and the different career paths available. It aims to give you a head start before you begin university or take any other route into the sector.

Do I need any experience of astrophysics to take part?

Not at all. The workshop has been created with beginners in mind, and has been designed to give you an overview of astrophysics and the exciting current and future applications of AI.

How do I access the workshops online?

We use Zoom. It is free, easy, allows everyone to be on camera and mic at the same time, and features intuitive presentation and learning tools, like collaborative white boards and break-out rooms for group work.

You also need a Google account to upload the files into your online workspace for the practical session.

How fast does my internet need to be?

You will need a stable internet connection capable of supporting video conferencing. We recommend using a wired ethernet connection with a download speed of at least 4Mbps and an upload speed at least 1Mbps (preferably 3.8Mbps).

What computer hardware and software will I need?

Essential hardware
You will need a PC or Mac (laptop or desktop) which has at least 8GB of RAM and runs Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.11 or later.

Essential software
You will need Zoom. If you have not used it before, you can create a free account and download the app for your phone, tablet or computer.

Recommended
Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari provide the best tested web browsers for the Google Colab activities.

We also highly recommend a second screen. This will allow you to quickly and easily move between the various activities.

(While a tablet, smartphone or Chromebook can be used as a second screen, we don’t recommend you use these on their own for the workshop.)

How do I join the workshop on the day?

We will send you a Zoom link via email shortly before it starts.

Who do I speak to if I have more questions?

If you have not been able to find out what you need from the information on this page, please email our friendly team at hello@skillsgap.tech.

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