The international “Astroinformatics 2018” conference will be held in the Studio Villa Bosch, Heidelberg, from September 3–7, 2018. Scientists from all over the world will meet to exchange views on the newest and most successful methods of machine learning in an effort to advance the exploration of the Universe. The conference is organized by HITS researchers Dr. Kai Polsterer, Antonio D´Isanto, Erica Hopkins, and Dr. Nikos Gianniotis (all from the Astroinformatics group) in cooperation with Prof. Joachim Wambsganss (Heidelberg University) and Dr. Coryn Bailer-Jones (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy).
The “Astroinformatics” – which is devoted to the scientific exploitation of the fast-growing volumes of data in astronomy – is one of the most important events in this field. At the conference, scientists will discuss topics including novel database systems, visualization and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the reproducibility of research results. The conference is hosted at a different location all around the world once every year. This year, it will take place in Germany for the first time.
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.