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Dr Anais Moller

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Transient Astronomy
Doctorat de physique de l'Univers, Université Paris Diderot 7, France; Master 2 Noyaux, Particules, Cosmologie et Astroparticules (NPAC), Université Paris Diderot 7, France; Licenciatura en Física, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Biography

Dr. Anais Möller is currently leading research in the areas of cosmology and transient astrophysics. To do so, she works with extremely large astronomical datasets. To maximize the information we can use to understand our Universe, she develops innovative tools with a large emphasis on machine learning.


Dr. Möller is co-leading Fink broker empowering transient science in this new era of big data (https://fink-broker.org). Fink processes, enrich and filters large survey data to select the most exciting transients for a variety of science cases using data-intensive technologies as machine learning. Fink has been selected to process transient data from the largest optical survey in the world at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

Dr. Möller aims to constrain the nature of Dark Energy with Type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia) at the Dark Energy Survey. SNe Ia are very energetic stellar explosions. They are the best “standardizable candles”: objects with reproducible luminosities, used to measure distances in the Universe and thus the effect of Dark Energy. However, the nature of dark energy remains elusive. She specialise in reducing current analysis limitations using photometric classification to obtain orders of magnitude more SNe Ia than traditional methods, and modelling selection biases.


Dr. Möller studies multi-wavelength and messenger fast-transients with the world’s largest transient collaboration the Deeper Wider Faster program. Fast transients include some of the most exotic explosions and collisions or mergers in the universe, involving black holes, magnetars, neutron stars, blitzars, extreme novae and supernovae. She searches for and follows up fast transients (bursts with millisecond-to-hours duration) in real-time. It is the world’s largest collaboration for transient astronomy with 70 telescopes across all continents and in space!

The fast transient work includes the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves as part of the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), in which Dr. Möller is an Associate Investigator.


Dr. Möller develops high-end machine learning algorithms for astronomy and cosmology.  She works towards interpretability of ML and introduced Bayesian Neural Networks to astrophysical classification problems. ML is a powerful tool and she has developed various applications tackling transient event detection and light-curve classification. 

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 510103
  • General Relativity And Gravitational Waves - 510105

Publications

Also published as: Moller, Anais; Moller, A.; Moeller, A.; Moeller, Anais; Möller, A.; Möller, Anais
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