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Caltech Associates East Coast Reception & Dinner: Virtual Reality's Next Frontier

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6:00pm to 8:45pm
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with George Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy, Director of Caltech's Center for Data Driven Discovery

Location: The Lotos Club, New York, New York

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and program

8:00 p.m. Networking, dessert, and coffee

The era of "big data" brings new opportunities for a scientific discovery, but also significant challenges: how do we discover the knowledge hudden in the data sets of an ever increasing complexity? This challenge also applies to every aspect of modern society that is being transformed by the big data revolution - business and commerce, personalized medicine, security, etc.

The growing data complexity often manifests as abstract data spaces having tens, hundreds, or even thousands of dimensions, and their exploration exceeds the cognitive capacity of the human mind. We are increasingly relying on machine intelligence to help us discover interesting patterns in the data, but we cannot do that blindly: effectice visualization is a key component of the data mining and analysis, and a bridge to the human intuition, pattern recognition, and understanding.

The emerging technologies of virtual reality provide a powerful new platform for data exploration—and a more powerful human-computer collaborative discovery.


George Djorgovski, professor of astronomy and director of Caltech's Center for Data Driven Discovery, has studied many different topics in astronomy and cosmology and led several large digital sky surveys. He was a co-founder of both the virtual observatory framework and the emerging discipline of astroinformatics. He is currently investigating the ways in which computing is fundamentally changing how we approach science, scholarship, and education.

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