Space Weather

Severe space weather storms can disrupt the power grid, knock out radio and satellite communications, and threaten spacecraft. A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences conculded that a Carrington-type event (a powerful space weather storm experienced in 1859) would cripple technology societies worldwide for up to 10 years. Unfortunately, today's technologies provide only about 30 minutes of advanced warning before such a storm arrives at Earth from the sun. This NASA-supported research focuses on developing new advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that will provide much earlier warnings. Armed with this tool, colonies on the moon and Mars will be better able to protect themselves from harmful radiation showers. Student researchers have developed a variety of critical new tools for the scientific community, included automated feature recognition and measurement software, and have applied advanced learning algorithms to identify and share previously unknown solar parameter correlations to help develop more complete solar models. 

My research here is focused on applying AI to the big data issues of identifying and extracting functional relationships between various space weather observables, with a goal towards creating a reliable advanced warning system for these dangerous storms. 

 © Roger Dube 2015