Kai Polsterer, leader of the HITS Astroinformatics (AIN) group, is now chair of the IVOA Knowledge Discovery in Databases group. It’s a special interest group in the network of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA).
In this framework, Kai Polsterer and his collaborates represent the interests of the data mining and machine learning communities. The increasing amount of complex data requires automated knowledge discovery methods. Therefore they develop new standards and protocols to allow access to and processing of data sets. This will ensure that data analysis algorithms can be seamlessly executed within the virtual observatory environment. Currently, the group is rewriting their charta and task plan.
Kai Polsterer and his research group at HITS develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.