Space is big. Really big. So is the data.
The Wide Field Astronomy Unit in the Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics and Astronomy routinely handles many terabytes of data characterising billions of astronomical objects. In this talk I will describe some of the project work done by our team of Research Software Engineers in support of astrophysics research done by the international scientific community.
Dr. Nigel Hambly is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Particularly, Dr. Hambly is the IfA Wide Field Astronomy Units’s science archive architect, and an experienced survey astronomer and software developer. He was responsible in designing the SuperCOSMOS Science Archive and the WFCAM Science Archive systems, in addition to his extensive experience of managing both hardware and software processing and archiving systems. He is also a member of the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission Data Processing and Analysis Consrtium. His personal astronomy research interest is in very low luminosity degenerate stars, otherwise known as white dwarfs and brown dwarfs.