Location: Conference Space (rooms A2, B2 and C2), 2nd floor, New Student Centre
Zooniverse has become the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research since its modest inception in 2007 as Galaxy Zoo. Zooniverse research is made possible by volunteers hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. The goal of Zooniverse is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, and datasets useful to the wider
This presentation will highlight the history and highlights of the Zooniverse, as well as presenting some personal perspectives of a researcher who has benefited from citizen science work on star clusters in the Andromeda Galaxy and Local Group. It will also highlight future efforts regarding variable stars and upcoming all-sky surveys.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Johnson’s current research focuses on understanding star formation behaviour at spatial scales ranging from that of galaxies down to individual star-forming complexes, through the combined study of stellar populations and the interstellar medium. Citizen science and crowdsourcing are important tools in his research. He is currently a member of three survey teams: the SMIDGE survey, analyzing Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the Small Magellanic Cloud; the SMASH survey, analysing DECam imaging of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds; and the PHAT-M33 survey, analysing Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the Triangulum Galaxy.