SETI IS LOOKING FOR UNIQUELY TALENTED PLANETARY SCIENTISTS TO BRING DISRUPTIVE NEW THINKING TO NASA’S ASTEROID GRAND CHALLENGE.

Mavericks Lab is an applied research accelerator designed to enhance NASA’s capability set by matching emerging talent from academia with peers and technologies within the private sector.

This inaugural Mavericks Lab is focused on applying machine learning technologies to the task of planetary defense. Mavericks Lab will be hosted at NASA Ames and SETI over the Summer of 2016. For the inaugural year, applications for Planetary Science are open to US citizens only, and applications for Data Science are open to international applicants.

APPLY NOW! APPLICATIONS CLOSING DATE FOR PLANETARY SCIENTISTS IS APRIL 24TH 2016 11:59 PM PST

For more information or to apply, visit www.maverickslab.org

The SETI Institute has partnered with NASA HQ, NVIDIA and the Asteroid Grand Challenge for a summer research project aimed at pairing young planetary scientists with early-career machine learning software developers to “hack” various datasets pertaining to the tracking and cataloging of NEO’s. The idea is to see what can be gleaned from such datasets by applying some of the latest developments in machine learning to analyze the data in new and innovative ways.

SETI is looking for more applicants to the project from the planetary science community, where the target is PhD candidates or postdocs. The project will run for ~ 6 weeks this summer, and will be hosted here at SETI Institute. Participants will be housed at dormitories at NASA Ames (not luxurious, but at least water tight!).

SETI scientists Peter Jenniskens and Michael Busch will be mentors during the project, and with access to NVIDIA GPU’s and “hot” talent in the data science community, it should be a wonderful program.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SETI Institute

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