Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science


Modern astronomical research relies on a rich mixture of technology, systems, and processes deployed and operated on the ground and in space. High performance computing and information technology have become a key component of that mix. Continued innovation in all areas is mandatory as scientists seek greater sensitivity, higher spatial resolution, and larger samples of objects at all wavelengths. International cooperation will accelerate such innovation through the cross-fertilization of ideas, the development and protection of critical ground-based sites and electromagnetic bands for current and future facilities, and the combination of resources to build “world observatories”. Particular attention will be given in the next triennium to the topic related to future large scale facilities and their ground-space synergy. Division B is the new home for the scientists and engineers who design, develop, deploy, and operate the ground- and space-based hardware and software tools and systems necessary to advance our knowledge of the cosmos.

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Division B Commission B1 Computational Astrophysics
Division B Commission B2 Data and Documentation
Division B Commission B3 Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics
Division B Commission B4 Radio Astronomy
Division B Commission B5 Laboratory Astrophysics
Division B Commission B6 Astronomical Photometry and Polarimetry
Inter-Division B-C Commission Protection of Existing and Potential Observatory Sites
Inter-Division B-H-J Commission Intergalactic Medium

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Division B WG Time Domain Astronomy

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Inter-Division B-E WG Coordination of Synoptic Observations of the Sun

Pietro Ubertini

IAPS - Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Roma
Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100
00133 Roma

Phone: +39 06 499 34090
Fax: +39 06 206 60188
Email: pietroubertiniiapsinafit
Organization website: http://www.iapsf.inaf.it

Last updated:
November 28, 2015

Michael G. Burton

University of New South Wales
School of Physics
Sydney NSW 2052

Phone: +61 02 9385 5618
Fax: +61 02 9385 6060
Email: MBurtonunsweduau
Personal website: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-michael-graham-burton
Organization website: http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/

Last updated:
September 29, 2015

David Richard Silva

National Optical Astronomy Observatory
950 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson AZ 85719
United States

Phone: +1 520 318 8281
Fax: +1 520 318 8170
Email: dsilvanoaoedu
Personal website: http://www.noao.edu/noao/staff/dsilva/
Organization website: http://www.noao.edu

Last updated:
September 21, 2015

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