How 2 iSchool professors are undertaking the ‘most complicated experiment’ in gravitational physics

The National Science Foundation recently awarded two Syracuse University professors a $1 million grant to develop a citizen science system for a project being hailed as “the most complicated experiment ever undertaken in gravitational physics,” according to the grant abstract. The term “citizen scientist” has been recently coined, said Kevin Crowston, a distinguished professor of information science in the School of Information Science who is co-investigating the project, INSPIRE: Teaming Citizen Science with Machine Learning to Deepen LIGO’s View of the Cosmos, with Carsten Østerlund, associate professor and director of Information Management and Telecommunications and Network Management at the iSchool. The project will support the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory, according to the grant abstract. The aLIGO uses laser beams to monitor the distance between precisely arranged mirrors, according…


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