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From Galaxy Zoo to LSST : Citizen Science in the age of big data.

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Citizen Science projects such as Galaxy Zoo (launched in 2007) have demonstrated that hundreds of thousands of volunteers can make significant contributions to astronomical research. Project Principal Investigator Chris Lintott will review the latest results from the project, covering both morphological studies of large populations of galaxies and unusual objects such as ‘Hanny’s Voorwerp’, a galaxy-scale light echo. Galaxy Zoo inspired the creation of the Zooniverse platform, which now hosts nearly 100 projects – using recent astrophysical examples, including searches for supernovae and strong lenses, Lintott will argue that there will be a place for volunteer classification well into the next decade, highlighting in particular novel machine learning approaches which manage the division of effort between volunteers and machines in a flexible, optimised manner. The talk includes at least one picture of penguins.

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