Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is the author of Learning iPhone Programming and iPhone Sensor Programming published by O’Reilly Media. He is a senior research fellow in Astronomy at the University of Exeter, and as part of his work there he is building a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, can reactively schedule observations of time-critical events and carry out complex long term monitoring of variable objects. Notable successes include contributing to the detection of the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2. Alasdair also runs a small technology consulting company writing bespoke software, building open hardware and providing training. He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, and more frequently provides commentary about them in 140 characters or less.

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Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
The recent integration of previously isolated telescopes into expanding smart telescope networks, spanning continents and responding to transient events in seconds, sees novel architectures emerging to help filter science from data in real time. Machine learning and collective decision making are used by these geographically distributed networks to optimise output in the face of scarce resources. Read more.

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