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Humanities and Social Sciences

Citizen science: from fate of the Universe to fate of Earth 
 
Tue, Apr 04, 2017,   04:00 PM at Seminar Room 24, 1st Floor, Main Building

Dr. Anupreeta More
Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo, Japan

Abstract :
 
Citizen science is a novel approach, to harness the power of global citizens,
in the endeavor of answering scientific questions which are difficult to tackle with computer algorithms.  I have applied the approach of citizen
science in the field of Astrophysics to discover special and very rare systems
called gravitational lenses. Gravitational lenses allow us to study dark matter
and dark energy, the two most dominant components of our Universe and thus,
dictate the fate of our Universe.  Citizen science approach has often been
disregarded as a rigorous means of doing science.  In my talk, I will present a
scientifically sound method to analyze data obtained from citizen science and
present its successful application to gravitational lens systems. I will also discuss my interests in understanding the impact of citizen science on the society and my ideas about applying this approach to other areas such as sustainability.
 

 

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