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Exploring the Deep Universe by Computational Analysis of Data from Observations

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Astronomy and computer science for studying faint and dwarf galaxies

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in space research and observations. Better equipment has been developed and introduced, and more resources are being used. However, despite these advancements, many faint galaxies can still go unnoticed. Therefore, innovative developments in information technology are needed. The MSCA-funded EDUCADO project aims to foster extensive collaboration between the fields of astronomy and computer science. This collaboration will leverage the expertise of specialists from both sectors to detect previously unseen numbers of faint observable galaxies, analyse the frequency, types and characteristics of dwarf galaxies, and compare them to the Milky Way. The project will also provide training for 10 doctoral candidates to develop high-quality methods in these fields.


The formation and evolution of massive galaxies is reasonably well understood in the context of the successful standard ΛCDM formalism. Such simulations of cosmic evolution, however, lead to serious challenges in the regime of the very faint galaxies, including the problems referred to as missing satellites, too big to fail, and planes of satellite galaxies. With the massive amounts of excellent data being produced by astronomical surveys, and with new missions scheduled to produce more data of even better quality, we have a unique chance to solve these problems. To do this, we require innovative developments in information technology. In EDUCADO (Exploring the Deep Universe by Computational Analysis of Data from Observations), an intensive collaboration at the intersection of astronomy and computer science, we bring together experts from different disciplines and sectors. We will train 10 Doctoral Candidates in the development of a variety of high-quality methods, needed to address the formation of the faintest structures. We will reliably and reproducibly detect unprecedented numbers of the faintest observable galaxies from new large-area surveys. We will study the morphology, populations, and distribution of large samples of various classes of dwarf galaxies and compare dwarf galaxy populations and properties across different environments. We will confront the results with cosmological models of galaxy formation and evolution. Finally, we will perform detailed, principled, and robust simulations and observations of the Milky Way and the Local Group to compare with dwarf galaxies in other environments. EDUCADO will deliver a comprehensive interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international training programme including a secondment at one of our 11 associated partners for each DC. We will provide a fresh and sustainable way of training PhD scientists with interdisciplinary and intersectoral data science expertise, a requisite for future European competitiveness.


Net EU contribution
€ 503 942,40
38205 San Cristobal De La Laguna

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