Three lucky PhD students from Curtin University and Edith Cowan University had the recent opportunity to work with a cutting edge space telescope to develop a software framework that will change the way astronomers view the data being produced.
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) provides technology and services for radio astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space sciences, and undertakes world-leading astronomical research. Their newest radio telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), creates enormous terabyte datasets that require processing and analysis with high performance computing. It is important to be able to analyse the facets and present this information in an appropriate way for telescope operators and science teams. This formed the basis of the iPREP project.
The students mentor and team leader of the ASKAP Science Data Processor Eric Bastholm says the iPREP initiative provided CSIRO with a great opportunity to work with capable people and achieve something tangible in a short time. "The design and prototype is flexible enough for others to adapt to their specific needs. The timing of this project was very convenient as we did not have internal resources to achieve this goal, which is swiftly becoming a priority," he said.
left to right: Prihadi Murdiyat (Electrical Engineer from Curtin), Eric Bastholm (CSIRO mentor), Qian Sun (Spatial Scientist from Curtin), David Michel (Telecommunications Engineer & Computer Scientist from ECU)
David Michel presents his teams findings at the iPREP Celebration
Do you have a business problem to solve or opportunity to address and would like to engage with research expertise from the five universities in WA? iPREP WA are now recruiting businesses for the next round running from 17th July- 25th August.
For more information or to apply please visit www.iprep.edu.au/industry or contact firstname.lastname@example.org