We’re developing, testing and applying new methods for discovery and insight. Learn about our key projects and software created.
Cyber-human discovery systems
As the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence increases, new methods are required to support astronomers in discovery and decision-making processes. We are transferring these ideas beyond astronomy to various data-driven industry contexts.
For more information, contact Professor Christopher Fluke.
Real-time terascale visualisation
Using advanced computing and visualisation solutions, we are addressing the unique challenges of real-time visualisation at the terabyte scale and beyond.
Software tools for timing galactic clocks
Radio pulsars are like cosmic lighthouses, but ones that spin so predictably that their beams of radio emission can be used like interstellar clocks. We develop new software tools and techniques to process radio pulsar data and allow them to be used to test the correctness of our best model of gravity, Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
Radio interferometer digital signal processing
In order to make sharp images of the radio sky, multiple radio telescopes must be used in concert as a radio interferometer. At the heart of these networks of radio telescopes lies a digital processing machine called a correlator, and Swinburne has led the way in the development of a general-purpose, reusable correlator called DiFX that has been adopted by numerous international facilities.
Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey is the first transient survey carried out in the near infrared. Kunlun Station is at Dome A on the Antarctic plateau and is operated remotely during the winter.
Detection of WIMP dark matter using a sodium iodide target with active background rejection in the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.
The Deeper, Wider, Faster (DWF) program
DWF coordinates over 70 telescopes on every continent and in space at all wavelengths, including particle detectors, to detect and follow up fast (millisecond-to-hours duration), transients and very early transient detections in real-time.
Software and solutions
As part of our research, we have created a number of programs to process, analyse and visualise data.
|S2PLOT||A flexible interactive 3D graphics library in C, including support for multiple display environments and generation of 3D-PDF figures|
|Encube||Supporting large-scale comparative visualisation of sets of multidimensional data through the use of Tiled Display Walls|
|Shwirl||Real-time colouring and filtering of 3D volumetric data sets using graphics shaders on graphics processing units|
|GraphTIVA||Tera-scale astronomical data analysis and visualisation for 3D volumetric data sets, designed to meet the requirements of the Australian SKA Pathfinder|
|GBKFIT||Kinematic modelling of disk galaxies using graphics processing units|
|GPU-D||Teraflop per second gravitational lensing ray-shooting with graphics processing units|
|Corrfunc||Fastest publicly available correlation function code to help statistically constrain which galaxies live in what kind of dark matter halos|
|SAGE||Semi-Analytic Galaxy Evolution - Create your own universe of simulated galaxies from dark matter halos|