Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys

I got the chance to speak at Google over the winter break as part of the Talks at Google series.  If you are interested in hearing the talk, its now on YouTube (and embedded below).  The entire trip to Mountain View was a great time, and the audience for my talk was engaging and had great questions.  Astronomy is entering an exciting era, where surveys such as Gaia and LSST will provide the precise data needed to answer some of our biggest questions,  including characterizing dark energy and producing exquisite maps of the Milky Way.  Moreover, all of the data will be public, meaning anyone with an internet connection can get their hands on cutting edge data.  The opportunities for citizen science will be outstanding.  Hope you enjoy the talk!


Greetings from Google!

I recently got invited to share a little bit about my work on mapping the Galaxy and large astronomical surveys with the folks at Google.  My talk will be part of the talks@Google series.  This is a really fantastic place to visit.  From the free coffee to the Google bikes, I’ve enjoyed my time on campus immensely.2015-01-13 07.21.28Had_a_great_talk__google_talking_about_the_future_of_astronomy_and_my_work_at__rideru__rider_university