In the week 24-28 November, Prof. Andy Connolly from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) visited the Darklight group in Merate, delivering a beautiful talk on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This is one of the most exciting galaxy survey projects of the next decade, entailing the construction of a dedicated 8m telescope with large field of view, which for ten years will scan the sky in different photometric bands.
Professor Connolly is a recognized expert in the treatment and statistical analysis of large survey data, having worked in the past on extracting cosmological information from the famous Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). He is currently the Simulation Scientist for LSST. As such, he brought his precious expertise to the Darklight fellows and students, who are engaged in the development and application of new statistical tools on galaxy redshift surveys.
See Professor Connolly talk at TED: