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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in STSM activities, WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on About Us

About Us
The challenges related to data volume, variety and velocity are similar in astronomy and Earth observations, with computer science as the common denominator. The BIG SKY EARTH Action aims at boosting the communication within and between disciplines by identifying and clustering relevant common solutions developed within research and industrial environments. These solutions can be aided by methodologies and tools for large distributed data management and processing, developed by computer scientists in academia or industry.For example, metadata is extensively exploited in multimedia Digital Asset Management to provide effective access to deep repositories of audio-visual content. This approach can contribute a valuable know-how to natural scientists working with similar type of data structures in large databases. Visual Analytics is another example of a growing field in computer science, with interesting implications for astronomy and Earth observation that inherently depend on visual datasets.

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Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School: Big Data in Simulations and Observations

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in announcements, News, Training School, WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School: Big Data in Simulations and Observations

Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School: Big Data in Simulations and Observations

BigSkyEarth is organizing its final Training School, focused on Big Data in simulations and observations. It will take place at the Tuorla observatory, the University of Turku, on Nov. 26 – Dec.1, 2018. Key practitioners from the astronomy, the Earth observation and the computer science domains will be participating in the School contributing the perspectives of both the academic and the industrial sector. Grants will be made available by the Action for a number of participants. The procedure for applying and for the selection of participants is described below. (more…)

BigSkyEarth Conference: AstroGeoInformatics

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in announcements, News, WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on BigSkyEarth Conference: AstroGeoInformatics

BigSkyEarth Conference: AstroGeoInformatics

BigSkyEarth is organizing the conference AstroGeoInformatics – Knowledge Discovery in Big Data from Astronomy and Earth Observation in Tenerife, Spain, on December 17-19, 2018. The conference is hosted by Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and Universidad de La Laguna. The BigSkyEarth book of the same topic will be presented at the conference! Conference contributions will be published as proceedings on zenodo.org. (more…)

WGs meeting in Skopje

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in announcements, WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on WGs meeting in Skopje

WGs meeting in Skopje

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its next WGs meeting in Skopje, fYR Macedonia, on July 13-14, 2018, at the Faculty of Computer Science and Enginee¸ring (FCSE), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The meeting aims and facilitating joint research efforts and finalizing the work on BigSkyEarth book. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss possibilities for the continuation of BigSkyEarth network collaboration after the end of COST funding. (more…)

The last call for Conference Grant Applications

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in announcements, Conference Grants | Comments Off on The last call for Conference Grant Applications

The last call for Conference Grant Applications

The is the last call for Conference Grants that are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action.

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The last call for Short Term Scientific Missions

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in News, STSM activities | Comments Off on The last call for Short Term Scientific Missions

The last call for Short Term Scientific Missions

This is the last call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) within BigSkyEarth COST Action. Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.
STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions/organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant. (more…)

Presentations from the BigSkyEarth workshop

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on Presentations from the BigSkyEarth workshop

Presentations from the BigSkyEarth workshop

BigSkyEarth COST Action organized its third workshop, with the topic “Big Data processing in the forthcoming era of ultra-high resolutions“, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on February 26-27, 2018. The workshop participants discussed the challenges that arise with the expansion of remote sensing market using UAVs and with the expansion of astronomical sky surveys and airborne astronomy. Here you can find some of the presentations given at the workshop. (more…)

Report from the third edition of the Training School

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Report from the third edition of the Training School

The Training School gathered 33 attendees from 17 countries all over Europe for hands-on training on GPU-centric data analytics. The attendants at all levels from both research and industrial backgrounds have once again been the crucial factor in the success of the School.

Since the identified challenges are similar in astronomy and Earth Observation, with signal processing, statistics, machine learning, and computer science as the common denominator, the Training School has aimed at boosting the communication within and between disciplines and applications areas, by propagating and advancing relevant common solutions developed within academic, applied research and industrial environments.

The goal has been to share valuable know-how encompassing machine learning, large scale simulation, scalable visualization and specific efforts in science and technology.

The key aspect has been to address all these topics in synergy, setting them up in a logical interdisciplinary framework bridging the diverse areas addressed by the school.

The participants were selected for the school based on the quality and relevance of the research project descriptions provided as part of their application procedures. Their backgrounds ranged from astronomy — around 50% — to remote sensing — 30% — and computer science 20%. The institutions they work for go from observatories to startup companies. About 20% were women, again from both astronomical and Earth observation backgrounds.

Lessons were given on topics ranging from scalable machine learning algorithms to GPU code optimization and visualization.

Speakers included Egon Pavlica (University of Nova Gorica, SL), Marc Masana (Universidad Autonomica de Barcelona, ES), Tibor Korzjak from Hipersfera (Hipersfera, HR), Esteban Garcia (Universidad Europea de Madrid, ES), Simon Grimm (University of Bern, CH), Antonio Falcao (Uninova, PT) and Javad Zabakhsh (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, AT), Andoni Beristain, Nerea Aranjuelo, Marco Quartulli and Ramon Moreno (Vicomtech, ES).

The material for the course — presentations and hands-on work notebooks by the speakers and the material being produced by the participant groups — is in the process of being published online.

The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

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The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), focusses on Big Data Analysis in Astronomy. The School, to be held in San Cristobal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) from 4 to 10 November 2018, will admit around 60-70 PhD students and young Post-Docs. (more…)

Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2018: GPU-based analytics and data science

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Training School | Comments Off on Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2018: GPU-based analytics and data science

Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2018: GPU-based analytics and data science

BigSkyEarth is organising its 2018 Training School on “GPU-based analytics and data science” to be held at the Vicomtech Research Center, Spain, in April 3-9, 2018. Key practitioners from the astronomy, the Earth observation and the computer science domains will be participating in the School contributing the perspectives of both the academic and the industrial sector. Grants will be made available by the Action for a number of participants. The procedure for applying and for the selection of participants is described below. (more…)

BigSkyEarth workshop in Novi Sad

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4, Working Group | Comments Off on BigSkyEarth workshop in Novi Sad

BigSkyEarth workshop in Novi Sad

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its third workshop, with the topic “Big Data processing in the forthcoming era of ultra-high resolutions“, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on February 26-27, 2018, at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad. The workshop participants will discuss the challenges that arise with the expansion of remote sensing market using UAVs and with the expansion of astronomical sky surveys and airborne astronomy. The workshop will be an opportunity to seek project collaborations and discuss funding opportunities. (more…)