SCIMMA to Develop Algorithms, Databases for Multi Messenger Astrophysics
A Scalabale Cyberinfrastructure
Institute for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics has been conceived with the goal of
developing algorithms, databases, computing and networking cyberinfrastrucutre
to help scientists interpret multi-messenger observations.
The project of the National Science Foundation with a conceptualisation phase funding of $2.8 mn for two years will be undertaken by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and nine collaborating institutions, including the University of Washington.
Multi-messenger astrophysics combines observations of light, gravitational waves and particles to understand some of the most extreme events in the universe. For example, the observation of both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two neutron stars in 2017 helped explain the origin of heavy elements, allowed an independent measurement of the expansion of the universe and confirmed the association between neutron-star mergers and gamma-ray bursts.
The institute would facilitate global collaborations, thus transcending the capabilities of any single existing institution or team. It is directed by Patrick Brady, a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and director of the Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics. One of three co-principal investigators on the project is Mario Jurić, a UW associate professor of astronomy and senior data science fellow at the UW eScience Institute.