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Published on Dec 20, 2016
"Exploring Space in Cyberspace" George Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy, Executive Officer for Astronomy, and Director of the Center for Data Driven Discovery, is an astrophysicist whose work encompassed a broad range of topics, from globular star clusters to the forming galaxies, quasars, supermassive black holes, and their evolution. He was one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory framework, the principal investigator of three digital sky surveys, and is currently working on the establishment of astroinformatics, a discipline bridging astronomy and applied computer science and information technology. His principal scientific focus has gradually shifted toward the ways in which information and computation technologies are changing the ways we do science and scholarship in general, and the emergence of a new scientific methodology for the computationally enabled, data rich science in the 21st century.
The Caltech Alumni Association held a day-long event to explore the ways in which computational thinking at Caltech is disrupting science and engineering, creating entirely new disciplines with "CS+X". From developing new paradigms for computation—quantum computing and DNA computing—to pushing the boundaries of machine learning and statistics in ways that transform fields like astronomy, chemistry, neuroscience, and biology, Caltech faculty are pioneering new disciplines at the interface of computer science, and science and engineering.